April 29, 2022

10:00am-12:00pm ET

Choreographies of Violence, Silence, and Complicity

Discussant Elizabeth Wood

Chetana Sabnis, Investigating the Political Consciousness of the Police: A Case Study of Colonial British Police Officials between the years 1857 – 1947
Mohamad Junaid, Interpreting the “silence”: Kashmir in the post-2019 era
Niloufer Siddiqui, Politics Parties, Patrons, and Power-Brokers: the Political Logic of Sectarian Violence in Punjab, Pakistan


1:00pm-3:00pm ET

Founding Constitutional Orders

Discussant Karuna Mantena

Ali Usman Qasmi, Founding Moments of Pakistan’s Constitutional Democracy: An Alternative History
Rohit De & Ornit Shani, From Founding to Assembly: Towards a New History of India’s Constitution Making
Shaunna Rodrigues, Beyond Secular Nationalism: Islamic and Anti-Caste Justifications Of Constitutionalism in India


3:30pm-5:30pm ET 

Non-Nations in/against Empire

Discussant Rohit De

Anurag Sinha, Nonsettler Sovereignty in British India: Intervention, Noninterference, and Imperial Rule
Arwa Awan, Aimé Césaire’s “Tropical Marxism” and the Dilemmas of Anticolonial Sovereignty
Sudipta Kaviraj, In Praise of Nehru


April 30, 2022

9:30am-11:00am ET

Democracy and Violence in Gandhi’s Thought

Discussant Brandon Terry

Karuna Mantena, Gandhi’s Critique of Violence
Vivek Yadav, The Playful Roots of Ahimsa: Towards a Non-Violent Ideal of Democratic Politics


11:30am-1:30pm ET

The People

Discussant Lucia Rubinelli


Nusrat Chowdhury, Mobs and Megaprojects
Sandipto Dasgupta, Unevenness and Democracy in India
Shozab Raza, A Populist Trinity: Between People’s Power, Worker-Peasant Rule, and the Siraiki Homeland


2:30pm-4:oopm ET

Language, Caste, and Tamil Identity

Discussant Sudipta Kaviraj

Deepika Padmanabhan, The Political Roots of Anti-Hindi Sentiment in Tamil Nadu
Kelvin Ng, Itineraries of Self-Respect: Oceanic Migration, Intellectual Labor and Anti-Caste Reform, 1929–1940