Modern South Asia Early Career Workshop 2014

Cultures -- Past and Present

Fri, 04/11/2014 to Sat, 04/12/2014
219 Aaron Burr Hall
Event Category: 
Co-sponsored Event
Princeton University Community: Faculty, Fellows, Students, Staff

Faculty Sponsor: Professor Isabelle Clark-Decès. Director, Princeton Program in South Asian Studies.

Ritwik Bhattacharyya, Comparative Literature
Joppan George, History
Ninad Pandit, History

The concept of “culture” has emerged as the mainstay of scholarship in early modern and modern South Asian studies in the last few decades, and debates over the merits of “culture” as a field of analysis have been central to these studies. In recent times, some concepts of culture have enabled linguistic and religious parochialism, but others have become a rallying point for the opposition of the hegemony of social structures. While some of these applications of the culture-concept have been discredited, many others are still being intensely debated. In the context of the past scholarship and ongoing debates and controversies, this workshop aims to bring together participants from multiple disciplines and facilitate an intellectual exchange to review the career of “culture” in South Asian Studies, assess its importance today and engage in insightful prognostications of its future.

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This event is cosponsored by the South Asian Studies Program, the University Center for Human Values, the Center for Collaborative History, the Council of the Humanitites, and the Program in Law and Public Affairs.