Center for Global Studies


Students, faculty and scholars are invited to attend and actively participate in a one-day conference where various speakers unpack the ways in which "progress" is viewed and articulated within the context of India. Emerging in the wake of a very successful conference in 2009, the Globalization and Society in India (GSI) working group continue to foster innovative and cutting edge conversations on the role of globalization in India. However, over the past two years as the world economies and India (to a certain degree) enter new phases, where the unbridled economic growth of the past two decades comes to a staggering halt, it becomes pertinent to have the second part of the conversation that began two years ago. What now?

As the world changes and awakes to the growing chasm between the haves and the have nots, the working group commits itself to the project of asking whither which way India? While some argue that capitalism as a model for sustainable growth and equitable human rights has failed and others put forward the crumbled imagery of the exploitative communist state we ask what is the way ahead? We think it is vital to begin conversations that imagine and engage concrete alternative options for a vibrant and equitable India in the 21st century.

Keynote speaker, Chidanand Rajghatta of the Times of India brings a journalist’s perspective to the scholarship on carefully constructed panels. The day offers times for audience interaction and dialog and we invite you to encourage anyone interested in Globalization and India to spend the day in scholarly and critical conversations.

ALL early registrants are FREE including students, faculty, and other members of the public. Register by April 8th to attend the whole day at no charge. Registration at the door or after April 8th is $10.

Register by emailing with your full name and affiliation with your intent to attend the April 12th conference.

Conference Schedule

8:00 – 8:45am            Breakfast and Sign In

8:45 – 9:00am            Welcome note

9:00 – 11:00am          Panel I (Troubling the discourses of education, development, and progress)

                                   Moderator:Dr. Supriya Baily (Assistant Professor, George Mason University)
                                   - Ms. Usree Bhattacharya (PhD Candidate, University of California, Berkeley)
                                   - Ms.
Jessica Mason (PhD Student, University of Pittsburgh)
                                   - Dr. Amy Bhatt  (Assistant Professor, University of Maryland Baltimore County)
                                   - Mr. Chaitanya Ravi (PhD Candidate, George Mason University)

11: 15 – 12:30pm       Keynote Address: Mr. Chidanand Rajghatta, Foreign Editor, The Times of India

12:30 – 1:30pm          Lunch  and informal discussion with keynote speaker

1:45 – 3:45pm            Panel II (The Emerging Neo-liberal State? People, Policy, and Practice in 

                                   Contemporary India)

                                   Moderator: Dr. Bhavani Arabandi (Assistant Professor, Ithaca College)
Madhumanti Sardar (PhD Candidate, University of Wisconsin-Madison)
                                   - Dr. Surupa Gupta (Assistant Professor, University of Mary Washington)
                                   - Mr. Vasu Mohan (Deputy Director, Europe & Asia, IFES, Washington, DC)
                                   - Ms. Nayantara (Tara) Sheoran (PhD Candidate, George Mason University)

4:00 – 4:30pm            Tea Reception

5:30 – 8:30pm            Movie (Three Idiots)

                                   “3 Idiots” is a 2009 Indian comedy film directed by Rajkumar Hirani. Upon release, the                                        film broke all opening box office records in India. It was the highest-grossing film in its 

                                   opening weekend in India and has the highest opening day collections for a Bollywood   


8:30pm                       Closing and thank you note.

Panels and Keynote location:
Dewberry Hall, Johnson Center, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA.

Movie Viewing location:
Georges, Johnson Center, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA

For panel details and paper abstracts, please click here

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