CFP: [20th] Being Indian in the 21st century: The Politics of Culture and Identity in Contemporary India

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The politics of culture and identity in modern and contemporary India is
the overarching theme of a conference to be hosted by the Yadunandan
Center for India Studies and the Indian Council for Historical Research.
Within this context, the conference will address issues of national
identityâ€"what does it mean to be Indian in the 21st Century?

Sabyasachi Bhattacharya, Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University/ Chair,
Indian Council of Historical Research. He is the author of numerous
volumes on Indian education and history, including, The Cambridge
Economic History of India. Professor Bhattacharya is also the editor of
several prestigious journals, including, The Indian Economic and Social
History Review.

Suranjan Das, a noted historian, is presently Pro-Vice Chancellor of
Calcutta University. His works include Goondas: Towards a Reconstruction
of the Calcutta Underworld; Caste and Communical Politics in South Asia;
Kashmir & Sindh: Nation-Building, Ethnicity and Regional Politics in
South Asia; and Electoral Politics in South Asia.

Nilanjana Deb is a lecturer at the Department of English, Jadavpur
University, Calcutta. Her areas of interest include post-colonial
studies, Fourth World literatures, diaspora and subaltern literatures and
translation studies.

Sheba George, Assistant Professor at Charles Drew Medical Center, is a
Ph.D. in sociology from UC Berkeley and an expert on transnational Indian
identity. She is the author of When Women Come First: Gender and Class
in Transnational Migration..

Daniel Lak spent twelve years in South Asia for the BBC, four each in
India, Pakistan and Nepal. He is the author of Mantras of Change:
Reporting India in a Time of Flux and India Express: The Future of a New

Karen Iasksen Leonard is Professor of Anthropology at University of
California, Irvine. She is the author of several volumes on Sikhs,
Muslims and Hindus in the United States.

Claude Markovits is Professor, École des Hautes Études en Sciences
Sociales, Paris, France. In addition to numerous articles, essays and
reviews, he is the author of the following books: A History of Modern
India; Indian Business and Nationalist Politics; The Global World of
Indian Merchants; The UnGandhian Gandhi: The Life and Afterlife of the
Mahatma; Society and Circulation: Mobile People and Itinerant Culture in
South Asia.

D.R. SarDesai is Emeritus Professor and former Doshi Chair for Indian
History at UCLA. He is the author of numerous books on Southeast Asia and
Indian history. SarDesai’s most recent book is India: The Definitive

Anil Srivastava and Shampa Banerjee are co-authors of One Hundred Indian
Films: An Annotated Filmography. Srivastava has worked with Open Source
Education Resources and India’s National Knowledge Commission for many
years. Both Srivastava and Banerjee, who acted in Satyajit Ray’s The Apu
Trilogy, have interests in the intellectual and artistic contributions of
Bollywood to India’s search for national identity at home and abroad.

Manjushree Thapa is a journalist and fiction writer. Her 2006 book Forget
Kathmandu: An Elegy for Democracy combines history, reportage and travel
writing to examine the recent history of Nepal, including the royal
massacre in 2001 and the Maoist rebellion.

Pavan K. Varma is a former Indian Foreign Service officer. He is
currently Director-General of the Indian Council on Cultural Relations.
He is the author of the award-winning books, The Great Indian Middle
Class, Being Indian: Inside the Real India and other volumes on the
contradictions and complexities of contemporary Indian society.

9AM â€" 5 PM

All-day admission and lunch are free, followed by a no-charge reception-
dinner and the 6th Annual Solanki Lecture by internationally acclaimed
director Saeed Akhtar Mirza at 6PM. Please RSVP to (562) 985-1070 or to facilitate planning.

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