Crisis in the Classics

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For a related article see "Crisis in the Classics" by Sheldon Pollock: http://www.academicroom.com/article/crisis-classics

 

INDIA'S WORLD
Session II: LITERATURE, CULTURE, AND MEDIA


Join us as speakers discuss key issues of contemporary Indian life to connect the dots between government, economy, policy, and culture in India and in India's world today. The mission of the conference is to engage both experts and the public in discussions that deepen our understanding of the ways in which the country and people of India are influenced by the world, and the world by India.

CRISIS IN THE CLASSICS
• Sheldon Pollock, William B. Ransford Professor of Sanskrit and Indian Studies, Department of Middle East, South Asian, and African Studies, Columbia University

ACCUSATIONS OF ILLITERACY AND THE MEDICINE OF THE ORGAN
• Lawrence Cohen, professor of social cultural anthropology, University of California, Berkeley

TERRORISM, CONSPIRACY, AND SURVEILLANCE IN BOMBAY'S URBAN CINEMA
• Ranjani Mazumdar, independent filmmaker; associate professor of cinema studies, School of Art and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University

KAMA TO KARMA: THE RESURGENCE OF PURITANISM IN CONTEMPORARY INDIA
• Wendy Doniger, Mircea Eliade Distinguished Service Professor of the History of Religions, University of Chicago Divinity School

MODERATOR: Vyjayanthi Rao, assistant professor of anthropology, New School for Social Research

The decision to devote an issue and a conference to India seemed long overdue given that India is home to more than 20 percent of the world's population; a functioning multicultural democracy; an assertive global player in economics and politics; a nuclear power; and links Pakistan, Bangladesh, China, and Sri Lanka, among other countries. In addition, India is now home to the world's most important experiment to connect capitalism, liberal democratic thought, and bold ideas about justice and social equality. While there have been many efforts to write India's obituary, it is more alive today than it has ever been. This conference attempts to map the current Indian landscape, including its politics, its cultures, and its educational scene, and resists the normal stance of looking for single cliché (such as flat, hot, or crowded) to capture what is going on.

This conference is made possible by generous support from the Ford Foundation in collaboration with the India China Institute at The New School.



* Location: The New School - Wednesday, May 11 - John Tishman Auditorium - 66 West 12th Street New York, NY 10011

 

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