'Another India': Decolonization, Humanistic Legacies, and Social Science Practice- Chandan Gowda

YaleCHESS is delighted to host a lecture by Chandan Gowda, ‘Another India’: Decolonization, Humanistic Legacies, and Social Science Practice.

Gowda is Ramakrishna Hegde Chair Professor of Decentralization and Development at the Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bengalaru. He will be speaking in Luce Hall (room 203), 34 Hillhouse Avenue.

Inaugural South Asia Graduate Symposium

We invite you to the Inaugural South Asia Graduate Symposium, organized in collaboration with the Yale South Asian Studies Council. The in-person event will be an afternoon of conference panels and lightning talks where Yale graduate students working on themes related to South Asia across disciplines will share their work, followed by a reception. Please find the detailed schedule below.

We look forward to your presence at the event,

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Tanmoy Sharma: Corporations and the Countryside: Natural Resources and Rural Politics at the Margins of Modern India

The core of the Agrarian Studies Program’s activities is a weekly colloquium organized around an annual theme. Invited specialists send papers in advance that are the focus of an organized discussion by the faculty and graduate students associated with the colloquium.
This topic embraces, inter alia, the study of mutual perceptions between countryside and city, and patterns of cultural and material exchange, extraction, migration, credit, legal systems, and political order that link them.

Citizens vs Labharthi?

Given the centrality of welfare in the BJP’s electoral discourse, it is important to ask if there is a distinct BJP welfare model. If so, how do the two different narratives on welfare – the ‘revadi’ and the ‘labharthi’ – reconcile to shape this model? Crucially, what are its implications for the character of the welfare state, the role it plays in enabling citizen rights and claim making and more broadly the dynamics of citizen-state relations?

Dalit Art and Writing on a Global Stage

The recent online hate campaign against a Dalit woman writer has raised urgent concerns with far reaching consequences for the wider fields of literary criticism and cultural studies. The nascent and emergent Dalit Letters in English has exploded into view some hitherto unsettled questions around ownership, inspiration, plagiarism, female creativity, and artistic ethicality with respect to Dalit art.

Unlocking Digital Public Infrastructure for Global Growth & Inclusion

Digital public infrastructure is quietly transforming the world, accelerating economic development and transforming economies. Can it also include the excluded, who face challenges in digital access? And is India’s transformative model of digital inclusion possible for low-income countries globally? Join us for a conversation about the promise and challenges in scaling digital public infrastructure, featuring Dr. Pramod Varma, a pioneer of digital public infrastructure in India and beyond.

From New Spain to Mughal India: Rethinking Early Modern Animal Studies with a Turkey, ca. 1612

We now stand face to face with the Sixth Extinction, the most devastating mass extinction event in the past sixty-six million years. How might art history, which has conventionally taken works produced by the human species as its archive and locus of analysis, respond to this crisis? Might a renewed attention to human-animal relations alter art history’s speciesist bias? And what might such an art history look like? Taking a ca.

So what was India’s anti-colonial struggle about? And the difference between Independence and Freedom

The celebrations around the 75th year of India’s Independence seemed devoid of any recall of who and what it was the Indian people fought against to win freedom and Independence. The official (government of India) website dedicated to the subject tells young readers nothing about what colonialism did to this country. Nor was there any debate on who won India its Independence. A bunch of returning Oxbridge elites? Or, as M.K. Gandhi observed, ‘the people themselves’?

The Road Ahead: Iberian Soundscapes

This 2-day convening aims to explore the ongoing impact of Iberian histories in South Asia in shaping identities, social distinction, histories of merchant and commercial capitalism. We bring to the longue duree inquiry of Luso-Hispanic globality (15th century and beyond), a unique focus on histories of music and performance in South Asia and the Americas, particularly Brazil.

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