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Brown-India Initiative and South Asian Studies present conference 4/18 and 4/19: Questioning Marginality: Dalits and Muslims in Urban India

April 15, 2013

South Asian Studies Program, Brown-India Initiative, and the graduate student committee on Caste and Inequality in Urbanizing India present an exciting two-day conference at Brown University: Questioning Marginality: Dalits and Muslims in Urban India. Thursday, April 18 and Friday, April 19!

Questioning Marginality takes on cities, anticipated as spaces of emancipation from long-standing social hierarchies, to examine the reconfiguration of caste, gender, and religious identities in ways that have continued to foster marginalization of certain social groups in India. Dalits and Muslims, in particular, continue to face considerable social and economic exclusion in urban India. This conference seeks to explore how caste and religious identities shape the everyday experiences of discrimination and inequality for individuals, families and groups in Indian cities, and to unpack the gendered nature of these experiences. Interrogating empirical research and social theory, the conference will bring four major scholars and public intellectuals to Brown campus; their research focuses on the intersection of caste, religion and gender in contemporary India, and they have been engaged with important public debates on inequality and discrimination.

DAY 1: Thursday, April 18, 2013

Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute for International Studies
111 Thayer St.

9:00AM-9:50AM Tea/Coffee

9:50AM-10:00AM Welcome and Introduction

10:00AM-12:00PM Key Lecture and Discussion

ANUPAMA RAO, BARNARD COLLEGE, NEW YORK
POLITICAL VALUE AND PRECARIOUS LIFE: GLOBAL ITINERARIES OF DALIT SUBALTERNITY
Discussant: HILARY SILVER
Chair: GAYATRI SINGH

12:00PM-1:00PM Lunch

1:00PM-3:00PM Grad Student Workshops

Chair: BHAWANI BUSWALA

POULOMI CHAKRABARTI (POLITICAL SCIENCE)
DISAGGREGATING SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT IN INDIA: THE VARIANT POLITICS OF EDUCATION AND HEALTHCARE
Discussant: YOGENDRA YADAV, MEERA AND VIKRAM GANDHI FELLOW

SUKRITI ISSAR (SOCIOLOGY)
THE SLUM: MARKET, STATE AND LAW IN MUMBAI, 1880-2010
Discussant: IRFAN AHMAD

3:30PM-4:30PM South Asian Studies & Middle Eastern Studies Qahwa and Chai Social Hour

5:00PM-7:00PM Key Lecture and Discussion

GOPAL GURU, JAWAHARLAL NEHRU UNIVERSITY, DELHI, INDIA
URBAN BODIES AND STUFFED MINDS: UNDERSTANDING THE SOCIAL DYNAMICS OF INDIAN CITIES
Discussant: COREY WALKER
Chair: LINA FRUZZETTI



DAY 2: Friday, April 19, 2013

Pembroke Hall, Room 305
172 Meeting St.

9:00AM-10:00AM Tea/Coffee

10:00AM-12:00PM Key Lecture and Discussion

IRFAN AHMAD, MONASH UNIVERSITY, MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA
MARGINS OF KNOWLEDGE: NATION-STATE, 'THE OTHER' AND THE DISCIPLIN(E)ING OF SOCIOLOGY/ANTHROPOLOGY
Discussant: NATHANIEL BERMAN
Chair: VAZIRA ZAMINDAR

12:00PM-1:00PM Lunch

1:00PM-3:30PM Grad Student Workshops

Chair: JAMIE MCPIKE

RAMA SRINIVASAN (ANTHROPOLOGY)
MARRIED BY LAW: CONCEPTUALIZING UNIONS IN LEGAL TERMS
Discussant: NIVEDITA MENON

TRINA VITHAYATHIL (SOCIOLOGY)
COUNTING CASTE: HOUSEHOLD INTERVIEWS AND THE PRODUCTION OF CASTE DATA IN INDIA
Discussant: GOPAL GURU

3:30PM-4:00PM Tea (break)

4:30PM-6:30PM Key Lecture and Discussion

NIVEDITA MENON, JAWAHARLAL NEHRU UNIVERSITY, DELHI, INDIA
SHIFTING MARGINS, MULTIPLE CENTRES - FEMINISM, 'WOMEN' AND 'OTHERS'
Discussant: KAY WARREN
Chair: BHRIGUPATI SINGH



for more information, or to RSVP (strongly suggested): southasia@brown.edu