From: Bernadette Marie White
Date: Wed, Mar 6, 2013 at 3:30 AM
Subject: Upcoming Center for South Asia Events
Far from the Nation, Close to the State: Hazy Sovereignty and Anxious Citizenship in India's Northeast
March 14-15, 2013, 10am-5pm
Stanford Humanities Center, Board Room
Northeast India has been a central location to the two main ways in which the Indian state grapples with cultural and social minorities for decades. On the one hand, there has been several successful ethnic mobilizations for separate states and autonomous zones. On the other hand, there has been a growing tendency to ‘incorporate’ communities into the larger national community by according them Scheduled Tribe and Scheduled Caste status, allowing these groups to access educational opportunities and reservations accompanying such status. This status presupposes that a community can prove that it has been the victim of social discrimination and/or cultural and geographical remoteness from an imputed ‘mainstream’ national culture and polity.
This is the first in a series of workshops that will help situate Northeast India where one can rethink the existing understandings of human rights, citizenship, resource politics, and identity movements in contemporary India.
Upcoming: Center for South Asia Fellowships
For more information, please see: http://southasia.stanford.edu/resources/fellowships_summer_2013
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