University of Chicago (March 2-3, 2017)

March 2 (Classics 110)

4:30-6pm: Keynote: “A Golden Age for Barbarians?” by James C. Scott (Yale University)

6:00 pm: Reception (Classics 110)

7:00 pm: Conference dinner (for panelists)

 

March 3 (Classics 110)

8:30-9:00 am: Breakfast

9:00-9:15 am: Welcome

9:15-11:00 am: Panel 1, The Northwest
(Chair: Faridah Zaman)

  • Sameetah Agha (Pratt Institute): “Kohat Salt: Objects, Resistance and Violence in the North-West Frontier of British India”
  • Francesca Fuoli (SOAS): “The imperial frontier of the empire: engineering British India’s expansion through the making of the Durand Line, 1893-1897”
  • Sana Haroon (UMASS, Boston): “The borderland and Islamic reformist organization”
  • Tom Simpson (Royal Holloway): “The Significance of the Indian Frontier in British Geography’, 1870-1910”

11:15-1:00 pm: Panel 2, The Northeast
(Chair: Malavika Reddy)

  • Sean Dowdy (University of Chicago):”Dolong aru Duar: The Chimeric Arts of Border-Making in Central Assam”
  • Marshall Kramer (University of Chicago): “Fengshi Borderlands: Damp Winds and the Laboring Body in China’s Growing South Asian Frontier”
  • Elisabeth Leake (University of Leeds): “A space apart? North-east India and the nature of the postcolonial Indian state”
  • Chao Ren (Tufts University): “Contesting Zomia: British India and the Northeast Corridor, 1850-1910”

1:00-2:00 pm: Lunch

2:00-3:45 pm: Panel 3, Internal and Political Borders
(Chair: Zachary Leonard)

  • Callie Wilkinson (Cambridge University): ‘”Border disputes and changing relations between the English East India Company and Indian princely states, 1798-1818″
  • R. Benedito Ferrao (The College of William and Mary): “Absorbing Goa: Democracy and the Legitimacy of Postcolonial Violence”
  • Shreeyash Palshikar (Albright College): “Contesting Borders in Western India 1908-1960: Maharashtra, MahaGujarat, Vidarbha”
  • Isha Dubey (Aarhus University): “Citizenship and the Creation of its Artificial ‘Other’: Statelessness of the Urdu-Speaking non-Bengalis in Immediate post-War Bangladesh; 1971-1974”

4:00-6:00 pm: Panel 4, Conceptual, Scientific, and Natural Borders
(Chair: Elizabeth Chatterjee)

  • Daniel Morgan (University of Chicago): “Rethinking Borders in Pre-Colonial North India: Islamic Law and the Dar al-Ḥarb”
  • Anubhuti Maurya (Delhi University): “On the Edge of the Empire: Representations of Kashmir as Borderlands in the Travel Accounts of Seventeenth to Nineteenth centuries”
  • Mona Bhan (Depauw University): TBA
  • Joppan George (Princeton University): “Frontier from above: Aerial reconnaissance in the North-West Frontier Province, 1916-1936”
  • Maira Hayat (University of Chicago): “Empire’s accidents: Legality, Lethality and Sovereignty in Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas”

6:15-6:45 pm: Concluding remarks (Professors James C. Scott, John D. Kelly and Rama Mantena)

7:00 pm: Concluding Reception

 

This conference has been made possible by generous funding from:

THE COMMITTEE ON SOUTHERN ASIAN STUDIES, THE NICHOLSON CENTER FOR BRITISH STUDIES, UCHICAGO GRAD COUNCIL, THE DEPARTMENT OF ANTHROPOLOGY, AND THE DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY

 

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