Kamran Asdar Ali, Director WCH 4.132, Mailcode G9300, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-3550
South Asia Seminar
Thu, November 8, 2007 • 3:30 PM • Meyerson Conference Room, WCH 4.118
"I grew up in an India where movies still began with a Films Division documentary heavy with the theme of development and ended with the national anthem. My high school finals in Madras coincided with the defeat of Mrs Gandhi’s Congress party in the parliamentary elections of 1977 and the resounding rejection of the Emergency…Having recently survived chairing the department (2000-2003), I look forward to many years with my affable colleagues in one of the loveliest places on this planet... My work so far has centered on nationalism, ethnic identity and conflict, identity politics, and postcolonial studies, located primarily around India and Sri Lanka. I am currently working on some essays dealing with the partition of the Indian subcontinent in 1947, the culture of Indian foreign policy making, the silent presence of race in discourses of international relations, diasporic forms of Indian nationalism, and other eclectic topics."