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Modern matters: Negotiating the Future in Everyday Life in South Asia
September 20, 2016 - 09:00-September 22, 2016 - 17:00
The Swedish South Asian Studies Network (SASNET) is planning a conference entitled “Modern Matters: Negotiating the Future in Everyday Life in South Asia” at Lund University. The three keynote speakers will be Dipesh Chakrabarty, University of Chicago, Ravinder Kaur, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi and Sumi Modhok, London School of Economics.
The conference will explore what it means to consider oneself modern or outside the limits of modernity, in an extremely diverse region. It will also examine how the notion of modernity is experienced, contested, and negotiated in South Asia within the broader promise and hope of the ‘Asian century’. We particularly seek to examine South Asian modernity in terms of regional, national, and global societies by pursuing the following larger questions: Can we discover regional understandings of modernity in South Asia? If so, how do they differ, and what do they have in common?