Center for Global Studies

Spring 2010


Collusions and Collisions: Conversations on Contemporary India

Lecture Series presented by The Globalization and Society in India Working Group at the Center for Global Studies

The Globalization and Society Working Group, is proud to host a four part lecture series on issues pertinent to contemporary India vis-à-vis globalization and cultural identities. Over the past two years, the group has addressed issues of culture, identity, media images, work culture, and marginalization in contemporary India. Using a critical lens, we have questioned the essentialist view of globalization and identified spaces of resistance and the reasons for these resistances. With this lecture series, we wish to continue this conversation and particularly identify spaces and discourses where collusions and collisions become a part of the everyday in India. While the normative stance of “globalization” as fait accompli is questioned, there is an acknowledgment that the local does register and react to the reality of globalization. It is this intersection the lectures hope to interrogate by juxtaposing global forces with local lives, and provide a view of India that looks beyond the headlines and news bites.

Interdisciplinary in nature, the lectures will engage the student body at George Mason University and also the larger Washington DC community.
The schedule for the lectures is:

Thursday, February 11th, 2010 (4:30 – 6:00 pm, Johnson Center – 3rd Floor Meeting Room C)
Dr. Surupa Gupta (University of Mary Washington)
Collusions and Collisions: Trade Policy and State-Civil Society Interactions in India

Thursday, February 25th, 2010 (12:00 pm – 1:30 pm, Johnson Center – 3rd Floor Meeting Room G)
Dr. Murray Milner (University of Virginia)
Where Nerds Are Normal: Discipline and Resistance in Indian Secondary Schools

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010 (4:30 pm – 6:00 pm, Johnson Center – 3rd Floor Meeting Room C)
Dr. Jeremy Rinker (DePauw University)
Telling Stories, Crafting Identities: Dalit Rights Contention and Religious Conversion in the Age of Globalization

Thursday, April 1st, 2010 (4:30 – 6:00 pm, Johnson Center – 3rd Floor Meeting Room C)
Dr. Anand Pandian (John Hopkins University)
Global Landscapes of Feeling in South Indian Cinema

The evening lectures will be followed by a light reception. Please join us!

For additional information contact: Bhavani Arabandi or Nayantara (Tara) Sheoran.

The lecture series is co-sponsored by: The Center for Global Studies, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, The University Provost Office, and Graduate and Professional Student Association (GAPSA)