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Graduate Interdisciplinary Conference on South Asia | January 2018

Saturday, January 27, 2018

9am-6pm, Weiser Hall 10th Floor Event Space

This one-day conference will be held on Saturday, January 27 in the 10th Floor event space at Weiser Hall. The aim of the conference is to showcase the work of graduate students at the University of Michigan who are working on any aspect of South Asia: past, present, or future. The conference features graduate students from several disciplines and at different stages of their career. The participants at the conference may expect a sustained discussion of each of the presentations by an interdisciplinary audience of faculty and students. Professor Ajay Skaria, University of Minnesota, has kindly agreed to serve as keynote speaker for the conference.

Keynote Presentation

Towards a Non-sovereign Politics? Rethinking "Religion" with Gandhi

Professor Ajay Skaria, University of Minnesota

Ajay Skaria studied Political Science and History at Maharaja Sayajirao University, Vadodara, during which period he also worked as a journalist for Indian Express. He received his PhD in History from Trinity College, Cambridge, and currently works at the University of Minnesota. He was a member of the Subaltern Studies editorial collective from 1995 till its dissolution. He is one of the co-editors of Subaltern Studies Vol. XII, and the author of Hybrid Histories: Forests, Frontiers and Wildness in Western India (1999) and Unconditional Equality: Gandhi’s Religion of Resistance (2015). He is currently working on a book on Ambedkar.