Friday, 24th February.
Panel 1: Inscribing the Body, The Home, and the Social Order
[Sumathi Ramaswamy, Chair]
Laura Desmond (Chicago): Objects of Knowledge and the Subject of Pleasure: kāma and other puruṣārthas
Taymiya R. Zaman (Michigan): Milk, Masculinity, and Memoir: Sovereign Authority in the Jahangirnama.
Sharleen Mondal ( U. Wash. Seattle): Beyond Nationalism: Politics, Sexuality, and the Figure of Woman in Rabindranath Tagore’s The Home and the World.
Sarah Waheed (Tufts): Selfhood and the “Other Woman”: The Urbane Intellectual and Tawaif 1899 – 1955.
11:30 – 1:00 Lunch
Panel 2: The Metageography of Narrative
[Ulrike Stark, Chair]
Siddharth Satpathy (Chicago): Conversion of Rama Chundra: A Hindoo Native Preacher in Orissa
Jennifer Dubrow (Chicago): Print, Pleasure and the Public: Fasana-e Azad and the World of the Literary Text in Late Nineteenth-Century Lucknow.
A. Sean Pue (Columbia): Ham Eshiyāī: Solidarities After Empire.
3:00 – 3:15 Tea Break
Panel 3: At the Limits of Empire
[Elena Bashir, Chair]
Walt Hakala (Penn): From Sepoy to Film Istar: Texting and Re-texting and Afghan Mythic Space.
Dara Price (Oxford): The Punjab Tradition and disunities in British imperial polity.
Manan Ahmed (Chicago): Knowledge Systems of the Empire in Sindh.
5:00 – 6:00 Tea Break
6:00 – 7:00 Keynote: David Ludden
7:00 – 9:00 Conference Dinner
Saturday, 25th February.
9:00 – 9:30 Welcome, again.
Panel 4: The Imperial Ghost in the Democratic Machine
[Prithvi Datta Chandra Shobhi, Chair]
Sareeta B. Amrute (Chicago): NRI: A short history of a term.
Taylor C. Sherman (Cambridge): The Indian Union and the Battle over the Princely State of Hyderabad, 1945-1953.
Nameeta Sugandhi (Chicago): Beginning Empire: A Reconfiguring the Mauryan Polity in Modern India.
11:30 – 1:00 Lunch (provided)
Panel 5: Mughal Visions of a Unified Polity
[Muzaffar Alam, Chair]
A. Azfar Moin (Michigan): Imperial Imaginings and Millenarian Polemic in Mughal India: Bada’auni’s Historiography Reconsidered.
Nitya Dhakar (Buffalo (SUNY)): Stylistic Expression of Power in the Akbarnama.
Rajeev Kinra (Chicago): Crimes against Imperiality: Rogue States and “Suitable Chastisement” in 17th-Century Mughal India.
3:00 – 3:15 Tea Break
Panel 6: Structuring Imperial Spaces
[Rochona Majumdar, Chair]
Daniel Williamson (NYU): The Contradictions of the Colonial Enterprise: Uplifting and Essentializing the Other in Bombay’s Crawford Markets.
Yuthika Sharma (Columbia): Restructuring the past: The conservation of historic architecture as landscape in imperial Delhi, 1878-1913.
5:15 – 6:00 Closing Remarks
6:00 – 2:00 The Pub.