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DAY 1 Friday April 3rd, 2015
09:30 AM – 11:15 AM Faculty Panel: THE DEMOCRATIC LIFE OF VIOLENCE

Sudipta Kaviraj, MESAAS, Columbia University

Democracy and Violence

Ajantha Subramanian, Anthropology, Harvard University

Meritocracy and Democracy: The Social Life of Caste in India

Discussant: Patrick Heller Sociology, Brown University (TBD)

***Paper presentations are 30 mins each, followed by 30 min discussion

11:30 AM – 01:00 PM Faculty Panel: FRONTIER HISTORIES, BOUNDED KNOWLEDGES

Jatin Dua, Anthropology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (30 mins)

Encounters at Sea: The Borders of Piracy in the Western Indian Ocean

Bodhisattva Kar, Historical Studies, University of Cape Town (30 mins)

Frontiers to Come: Landscape, Lineage and Limited Liabilities

Discussant: Vazira F-Y Zamindar, History, Brown University

***Paper presentations are 30 mins each, followed by 30 min discussion

01:00 PM – 02:00 PM Lunch
02:00 PM – 04:00 PM Brown-India Initiative Book Adda featuring Bhrigupati Singh’s Poverty and the Quest for Life: Spiritual and Material Striving in Rural India

Commentators:

Amanda Anderson, English, Brown University

Leela Gandhi, English, Brown University

Sudipta Kaviraj, MESAAS, Columbia University

Michael Taussig, Anthropology, Columbia University

04:00 PM – 05:00 PM Brown-India Initiative reception for conference participants
06:00 PM – 08:00 PM Brown-India Initiative dinner with Brown faculty and conference participants
DAY 2 Saturday April 4th, 2015
FRAMES OF THE POLITICAL: Critical Conversations with Graduate Students
09:30 AM – 11:15 AM Student Panel: SOVEREIGNTY

Dharitri Bhattacharjee, History, University of Texas-Austin

Weak Border/Powerful Symbol: Engagement with Historiography on Bengal’s Borderlands

Tariq Rahman, International Studies, University of Oregon

Being Modern in Bhakkar City: A Gated Community in Rural Pakistan

Swaroopa Lahiri, International and Public Affairs, Columbia University

Precarious Borders: The Intricacies of the Indo-Bangladesh Frontier

Discussant: Bodhisattva Kar, Historical Studies, University of Cape Town

***Paper presentations are 15 min each, followed by 30 min discussion | All panelists are expected to be present

11:30 AM – 01:00 PM Student Panel: CITIZENSHIP

Michael Collins, South Asia Studies, University of Pennsylvania

Recasting Representation: An Ethnography of Democratic Participation

Natasha Raheja, Anthropology, New York University

“Please don’t forget about Pakistan’s missing girls too”: Pakistani Hindu Plight as a Human Rights Concern

Autumn Mathias, Sociology, Northeastern University

Responding to Violence in the “Homeland”: Identity and Transnational Activism within the Indian Christian Diaspora

Discussant: Jatin Dua, Anthropology, University of Michigan

***Paper presentations are 15 min each, followed by 30 min discussion | All panelists are expected to be present

01:00 PM – 02:00 PM Lunch
02:00 PM – 03:30 PM Student Panel: VIOLENCE

Rijuta Mehta, Modern Culture and Media, Brown University

The Repatriation Portrait: Women at the End of Empire

Alok Amatya, English, University of Miami

Fourth World Environmentalism in India’s Aluminum Conflict Literature: Adivasi Perspectives in Arundhati Roy’s Walking with Comrades

Sarah T. Hamid, Media Studies, University of Oregon

Rape, Alterity, and the Politics of Speaking: Limitations of Occupying the Frame

Discussant: Ajantha Subramanian, Anthropology, Harvard University

***Paper presentations are 15 min each, followed by 30 min discussion | All panelists are expected to be present

03:45 PM – 06:oo PM Roundtable and Open Forum with

Sudipta Kaviraj, Bodhisattva Kar, Jatin Dua and Ajantha Subramanian

Moderator: Leela Gandhi, English, Brown University

Commentaries: all faculty panelists

***Commentaries are 10 min each, followed by discussion

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