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Kamran Asdar Ali, Director WCH 4.132, Mailcode G9300, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-3550

South Asia Seminar Series

Thu, April 10, 2008 • 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM • Meyerson Conference Room, WCH 4.118

Distinguished Lecture “The ruins of Memory: the loss and recovery of a Brahmin self in Kanipayyur’s autobiography”. Delivered at Columbia University, Annual Distinguished Lecture at the South Asia Institute, November 2003.

Editorial Appointment Series Editor of Routledge Series on Past Masters (on eminent Indians)

Books published Saraswativijayam (Book Review Literary Trust, New Delhi 2002). Translation of Potheri Kunhambu’s novel of 1893 from Malayalam with Afterword. The Blindness of Insight: Essays on Caste in Modern India (Chennai: Navayana Publications, 2006).

Articles published : ‘Our Indecent Society’, Seminar, 517, September 2002 (an essay on the communal violence in Gujarat written after a fortnight in the relief camps) “No, not the nation: lower caste Malayalam novels of the 19th century”, in Meenakshi Mukherjee ed., Early novels in India (Delhi, Sahitya Akademi, 2002). “Religion and colonial modernity: rethinking belief and identity”, Economic and Political Weekly, XXXVII (17), 2002. ‘The Kiss and Bhagat Singh’, Seminar, 525, June 2003 (an essay on understanding the Hindi film) “A Place elsewhere: lower caste Malayalam novels of the nineteenth century”, in Stuart Blackburn and Vasudha Dalmia ed., India’s Literary History: essays on the nineteenth century (Delhi, Permanent Black, 2004). “Things Fall Apart: The Cinematic Rendition of Agrarian Landscape in South India”, Journal of Peasant Studies, April 2005 “Look back in anger: authenticity and radical identity”, in Satish Poduval ed. Refiguring Culture: history, theory and the aesthetic in contemporary India (Delhi: Sahitya Akademi, 2005)

Articles Forthcoming “An Inner Violence: why communalism in India is about caste”, in T.N.Srinivasan ed. Threats to Secularism (Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2006)

Sponsored by: South Asia Institute


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