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Public Lecture – Sudipta Kaviraj (Columbia University)

Against a Nationalist History of Nationalism

Date: Thursday 15 May 2014
Time: 15.00 – 17.00 (followed by drinks)
Venue: PC Hoofthuis 1.04. Spuistraat 134 Amsterdam

Sudipta Kaviraj is professor of Indian Politics and Intellectual History at Columbia University, New York. He is a founding member of the Subaltern Studies Collective. Prior to joining Columbia University he taught at the Department of Political Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He has also taught Political Science at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Professor Kaviraj specializes in intellectual history and Indian politics. He works on two fields of intellectual history: Indian social and political thought in the 19th and 20th centuries, and modern Indian literature and cultural production. Main publications include: The Imaginary Institution of India (New York, 2010), The Trajectories of the Indian State (New Delhi, 2010), and The Enchantment of Democracy and India (New Delhi, 2011). Recent articles include: “Said and the History of Ideas,” in Cosmopolitan Thought Zones: South Asia and the Global Circulation of Ideas, eds. Sugata Bose & Kris Manjapra (Basingstoke & New York, 2010) and “Global Intellectual History: Meanings and Methods,” in Global Intellectual History, eds. Samuel Moyn & Andrew Sartori (New York, 2013).