"Caste and Contemporary India"

The South Asia Institute presents
A Conference in honor of Dr. B .R. Ambedkar
"Caste and Contemporary India"
October 16 and 17, 2009

Co-sponsored by
Center for Human Rights Documentation and Research
Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race
Department of Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures
Institute for Religion, Culture and Public Life
Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy

Supported by the Dr. Ambedkar International Mission (AIM) Inc., U.S.A; Office of the Provost, Columbia University; Taraknath Das Foundation; and the U.S. Department of Education

Day one: Welcome address by Janaki Bakhle (History, Columbia University; Director, South Asia Institute)

Day one, Panel 1: Affirmative Action, Law and Inequality in India and the United States
Lee C. Bollinger (President, Columbia University and Professor, Law School)
Marc Galanter (Law and South Asia Studies, University of Wisconsin, Madison)
Pratap Mehta (Centre for Policy Research)
Moderated by Nicholas B. Dirks (Anthropology and History; Vice-President and Dean, Arts & Sciences, Columbia University)

Day one, Panel 1: Question and Answer Period

Day one, Panel 2: Contemporary Politics and Caste
Balmurli Natrajan (Anthropology, William Paterson University)
Sivakami Palanimuthu (activist and writer)
Anand Teltumbde (activist and writer)
Moderated by Christophe Jaffrelot (Sciences-Po)

Day one, Panel 2: Question and Answer Period

Day one, Panel 3: Gender and Caste
Smita Narula (Law, New York University)
E. Sudha Rani (History, Dean of Social Sciences, Dr. B. R. Ambedkar Open University)
Jebaroja Singh (Women and Gender Studies, Saint John Fisher College)
Moderated by Anupama Rao (History, Barnard College)

Day one, Panel 3: Questions for the panelists from the audience

Day one, First Plenary Session
Introduction of Plenary Speaker by Thomas Blom Hansen (Anthropology, University of Amsterdam)
Plenary Address by Gyanendra Pandey (History, Emory University)

Day Two, Panel 4: Religion and Caste
Gnana Aloysius (Independent Scholar, New Delhi)
Masood Alam Falahi (Islamic Studies, Maulana Azad National Urdu University)
Raj Kumar Hans (History, Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda)
Nathaniel Roberts (South Asia Studies, University of Pennsylvania)
Moderated by Gauri Viswanathan (English & Comparative Literature, Columbia University)

Day Two, Panel 4: Questions from the audience

Day two, Closing Plenary Session
Introduction by Sudipta Kaviraj (Chair, Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures, Columbia University)
Closing Plenary Address by Gopal Guru (Centre for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University)
Closing Remarks by Janaki Bakhle

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