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Friday, April 5: India Initiative Seminar with Ananya Vajpeyi, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, New Delhi, IN

April 1, 2013

The Brown-India Initiative Spring 2013 Seminar Series presents Ananya Vajpeyi, Associate Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies. Vajpeyi will deliver a lecture titled “B.R Ambedkar: Reshaping the Political Imagination in Modern India.” Please join us on Friday, April 5, from 2:30-4:30 PM in the Joukowsky Forum at the Watson Institute for International Studies.

The lecture will be streaming live! Click here to watch!

Ananya Vajpeyi poster

Ananya Vajpeyi is with the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, New Delhi. In 2012-13 she is a senior fellow with the American Institute of Indian Studies.

Her first book, Righteous Republic: The Political Foundations of Modern India was published by Harvard University Press in October 2012, in the US, UK and India. It won the Thomas J. Wilson Memorial Prize 2011-12 for the best first manuscript by a Harvard University Press author; it was selected as a book of the year (2012) by The Guardian newspaper in the UK and The New Republic magazine in the US. Righteous Republic has had over 30 reviews since its publication in October 2012; its author has been invited for over 30 talks, lectures and book discussions in the past 8 months.

Vajpeyi writes a monthly column for The Telegraph in Calcutta. She is also a regular contributor to The Caravan magazine, besides writing widely for newspapers and magazines in India and overseas. Since 2010, once a year she guest-edits an issue of the journal Seminar: A Monthly Symposium.

Ananya Vajpeyi was educated at Lady Shri Ram College, at Jawaharlal Nehru University, at the University of Oxford, where she read as a Rhodes Scholar, and at the University of Chicago. She is trained in several Indian and European languages and literatures.

Vajpeyi has taught at the National Law School of India University (Bangalore), at the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) of Columbia University, New York, and most recently at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. In 2005 she worked as the opinions editor of The Indian Express newspaper.

She has been a fellow at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of the Johns Hopkins University in Washington DC, at the Centre for the Study of Law and Governance, JNU, and at the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi. She has also held postdoctoral fellowships at the Waag Society for Old and New Media in Amsterdam, and at WISCOMP: Women in Security, Conflict Management and Peace in New Delhi.

In 2007, WISCOMP published her short monograph, Prolegomena to the Study of People and Places in Violent India, with an introduction by Pratap Bhanu Mehta.

At CSDS, Vajpeyi works at the intersection of intellectual history, political theory and critical philology. She is revising her doctoral dissertation for publication, and working, next, on a biography of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar. She is series editor, with Bhikhu Parekh and Rajeev Bhargava, of a new Oxford University Press India series of short volumes on Indian Political Thought.