CANCELLED – Performing Politics: The Student Unrest in India

October 24, 2017 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Room 143, North Ross Building
4700 Keele St
Toronto, ON M3J 1P3


NOTE ROOM CHANGE: This event will take place in Room 143, North Ross Building (York University).

India has been witnessing widespread student unrest of late. An increasing number of academic institutions seem to oppose the ruling political establishment that has taken dramatic measures to remodel higher education across the country. This paper will focus on three aspects of this process. It will discuss the different ideological formations leading to the unrest and analyze if this signals a future political coalition in the making. Secondly, we will focus on certain forms of activism that reveal a new conversation between politics, theatre and performance art emerging in the process. Finally, we will consider how such performances of politics impact on our theoretical understanding of sovereignty and democracy.

Rajarshi Dasgupta is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. He was previously Fellow in Political Science at the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences Calcutta, from 2004 to 2008. He is currently involved in a research collaboration with Shubhra Gururani (Anthropology) on peri-urbanization in India, focusing on West Bengal and the National Capital Region. His research interests also include Communist movements in India, student protest movements and biopolitics. His forthcoming book is titled The Ascetic Modality: A Critique of Communist Self Fashioning.

All are welcome.

This event is presented by the York Centre for Asian Research. Dr Dasgupta’s visit is made possible thanks to the Global Suburbanisms: Governance, Land and Infastructure in the 21st century project.

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