Writing the Region: Knowledge, Practice and Power in South Asia

Thu, Apr 15, 2021, 9:15 am to Sat, Apr 17, 2021, 12:30 pm

Writing the Region: Knowledge, Practice and Power in South Asia

April 15-17, 2021

Keynote

Regions of Influence: Translating the Political in Global Historical Context

Lisa Mitchell (University of Pennsylvania)

Recent scholarship on borderlands, frontiers, and wider networks of the Indian Ocean has displaced the long-standing centrality of states, and offered us new ways to imagine South Asia. Networks and processes that transcend state borders coexist with popular imaginations and practices that are shaped in resistance to them. Thus, while some regionalities transcend boundaries, others are constituted by their sense of difference, separation, and autonomy. The 2021 Princeton South Asia Conference engages the question of region by foregrounding the overlapping, contradictory, and contested processes shaping regional identities in South Asia. Using this theme as a starting point, the conference explores questions such as: How have the political, social, and ethical been imagined across South Asian regions and languages? And, how does the translation and movement of ideas and practices across regions lead, in turn, to the creation of new regional identities and attachments? 

The trajectories of state and popular politics in South Asia have been shaped historically by diverse forms of regional assertions. Today, as majoritarian nationalisms become increasingly hegemonic, the conference encourages participants to consider new genealogies of South Asia’s plural and contesting regionalities. 

The ninth annual Princeton South Asia Conference brings together early career scholars (advanced graduate students and postdoctoral researchers) across disciplines that engage with South Asia. 

The event will be held on April 15-17, 2021 via Zoom. Please REGISTER HERE to receive the Zoom links for each day’s proceedings. Registration is mandatory. Questions can be directed to: princeton.sas2020@gmail.com.

Sponsored by: 

Program in South Asian Studies at the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies; M.S. Chadha Center for Global India; Humanities Council; Center for the Study of Religion; Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice; Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination; Princeton Mellon Initiative in Architecture, Urbanism, and the Humanities; Department of Religion; Department of Anthropology; Department of Art and Archaeology; Department of Near Eastern Studies; Sharmin and Bijan Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Iran and Persian Gulf Studies; Department of English; Department of Psychology