In this Section:
Democratic Theory in India
Thursday, November 8 - Friday, November 9
Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society
5701 S. Woodlawn Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60637
This conference, sponsored by the Theorizing Indian Democracy project at the Neubauer Collegium, explores conceptual dimensions of modern democratic politics through a focus on colonial and postcolonial India. The conference brings together political theorists, philosophers, historians, and legal scholars working on South Asian history, political theory, law, and postcolonial studies in a collaborative space. The goal is to advance the burgeoning interest in postcolonial and non-Western political thought. “Democratic Theory in India” is organized around three guiding themes: the intellectual history of political concepts in modern India; the social and cultural dimensions of democratic practices; and normative issues around citizenship and state institutions.
Thursday, NOVEMBER 8
9:00 – 9:30 a.m.
Welcome and Introduction
9:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Anticolonialism and Popular Sovereignty
Karuna Mantena (Yale University): “Gandhian Satyagraha, Mass Struggle, and Democratic Politics”
Nazmul Sultan (University of Chicago): “Anticolonial Federalism and the Times of Peoplehood”
Discussant: Adom Getachew (University of Chicago)
11:00 – 11:30 a.m.
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
The Evolution of Political Institutions in India
Cynthia Farid (University of Wisconsin): “High Politics in Low Places: Institutional Conflicts and Separation of Powers in Late 19th-Century Bengal”
Udit Bhatia (University of Oxford): “What’s the Party Like? The Normative Status of the Political Party in South Asia”
Discussant: Tejas Parasher (University of Chicago)
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Boundaries of Citizenship
Gopal Guru (Jawaharlal Nehru University): “Democracy as the Framework of Transgression: From Broken Men to Breaker”
Cricket Keating (University of Washington): “Toward a Decolonial Sexual Contract: Approaches to LGBTQ+ Politics in Multicultural Democracies”
Discussant: Kalyani Menon (DePaul University)
Friday, NOVEMBER 9
10:00 – 10:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Developmentalism and the Postcolonial Nation
Sayantan Saha Roy (University of Chicago): “Sovereignty through Destitution: On the Emergence of the Right to Life in India”
Rochona Majumdar (University of Chicago): “Temporalities and the Nation in Indian Cinema”
Discussant: Inder Marwah (McMaster University)
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Democracy and the Indian Experience: Methodological Questions
Dipesh Chakrabarty (University of Chicago)
Thomas Blom Hansen (Stanford University)
Moderator: Jennifer Pitts (University of Chicago)
3:00 – 3:30 p.m.
3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Roundtable Discussion: Contemporary Democracy in India
Moderator: Rochona Majumdar (University of Chicago)