September 5-6, 2014
Friday, September 5
8:30 am: Registration and coffee
8:45 am: Welcome and opening remarks
9:00 - 11:00 am | The Democratic Conceit
Chair: Juan Cole, Department of History, University of Michigan
- Itty Abraham, Department of Southeast Asian Studies, National University of Singapore, "Traitors, Mutineers, Strikers, Letter-Writers: Examining the idea of diasporic patriotism"
- Sankaran Krishna, Department of Political Science, University of Hawaii at Manoa, "Spatializing the World: foreign policy and middle class hegemony in postcolonial India"
- Ritu Gairola Khanduri, Department of Anthropology, University of Texas at Arlington, "'Why should we go to the past?' Indian War Comics and the country as a 'core value'"
Discussant: Geoff Eley, Department of History, University of Michigan
11:00 - 11:15 am Coffee Break
11:15 am - 1:15 pm | Constitutionalism: Then and Now
Chair: Vikramaditya S, Khanna, University of Michigan Law School
- Rohit De, Centre for History and Economics, Magdalene College, University of Cambridge, "A Constitution for the Butcher: Economic Rights and Religious Rites in the Indian Republic"
- Kalyani Ramnath, Department of History, Princeton University, "Making the Modern Nation on Marina Beach: Civil Liberties Lawyering in Madras"
- Sandipto Dasgupta, Newton International Fellow of the Royal Society and British Academy, "Purloined By Lawyers: Administrators, Lawyers, and the Contest over the Constitution"
Discussant: Manu Goswami, Department of History, New York University
2:00 - 4:00 pm | Practicing Democracy
Chair: Manan Desai, Department of American Culture, University of Michigan
- David Gilmartin, Department of History, North Carolina State University, “Cyclical Time and Indian Democracy"
- Anupama Roy, Centre for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, “Institutionalizing Democratic Uncertainties: ‘Election Time(s)’ in the life of Indian Democracy”
- Satish Deshpande, Department of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi, “Caste In/As Indian Democracy: Notes on the conceptual career of the “vote bank”
Discussant: William Glover, Department of History and Architecture Program, University of Michigan
4:00 - 4:15 pm Coffee Break
4:15 - 5:30 pm Keynote Address
- Nivedita Menon, Centre for Comparative Politics and Political Theory, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, “Science, Nature, Environment: Debates around development in late-20th to early-21st century India”
5:30 pm: Reception
Saturday, September 6
9:00 - 11:00 am | The Development Paradox
Chair: Mrinalini Sinha, Department of History, University of Michigan
- Eleanor Newbigin, Department of History, SOAS, University of London, "The economics of democracy: tax, self-government and the citizen-subject in late-colonial India”
- Julie Stephens, Center for History and Economics, Harvard University, "Economizing Sharia: The Possibilities and Predicaments of Islamic Political Economy in India and Pakistan”
- Michael Levien, Department of Sociology, Johns Hopkins University, “Dispossession and Democracy: Causes and Consequences of India’s ‘Land Wars’”
Discussant: Matthew Hull, Department of Anthropology, University of Michigan
11:00 - 11:15 am Coffee Break
11:15 am - 1:00 pm | Democracy and its Discontents
Chair: Ramaswami Mahalingam, Department of Psychology, University of Michigan
- Manali Desai, Lecturer in Sociology, University of Cambridge, “Castes and the Democratic Imagination: Some Notes from Gujarat”
- Priti Ramamurthy, Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies, University of Washington, Seattle, “It’s for Sirisha, so beautyfull flower: Democratization of desire, Smallholder capitalism, and Life-making in rural Telangana"
Discussant: Farina Mir, Department of History, University of Michigan
2:00 - 3:45 pm | Democratic Futures
Chair: Aswin Punathambekar, Communication Studies, University of Michigan
- Srirupa Roy, Centre for Modern Indian Studies, University of Göttingen, “Curative Democracy”
- Aditya Nigam, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, New Delhi, "Democracy, Populism and the 'Masses': Reflections from India"
Discussant: Mary John, Centre for Women’s Development Studies, New Delhi.
3:45 - 4:00 pm Coffee Break
4:00 - 5:00 pm | Concluding Roundtable
Rapporteurs: Mrinalini Sinha, Department of History, University of Michigan & Manu Goswami, Department of History, New York University