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TM 1  Internal Workshop

Language, Region, Knowledge: Colonial Disciplines to Indian Social Sciences

Date: 4 – 5 May 2017
Location: IEG

Concept Note     Programme


Brief Outline

This workshop seeks to historicise the political through thematising the politics of knowledge vis-a-vis the Indian social sciences across a key juncture in the making of Indian democracy.

Alongside maneuvres to define representative structures and territorial demarcations, the decades spanning the late colonial period and early years after Independence simultaneously saw an expansion of the university network and the institutionalisation of social sciences in the university curriculum. 

In mapping the metamorphoses of the political, the core question being posed here is to ask how the linking of territory, language and representative structures impinged upon the shape of the Indian social sciences at their emergent juncture within the colonial Indian university system.