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On Descent: Stories from the Gurus of Modern India

On Descent: Stories from the Gurus of Modern India
1 Devonshire Place, Vivian and David Dampbell Conference Facility
Time: Apr 12th, 4:00 pm End: Apr 12th, 6:00 pm
Interest Categories: Women/Gender, South Asian, History (FAS), Historical Studies (UTM), English and Drama (UTM), English (UTSC), English (FAS), East Asian Studies (FAS), Diaspora/Transnational, Critical Theory, Comparative Literature (FAS), 2000-, 1950-2000
Lecture by Leela Gandhi, English, University of Chicago

The Centre for South Asian Studies is pleased to present the Annual Christopher Ondaatje Lecture for 2012:

Leela Gandhi, Professor of English, University of Chicago

On Descent: Stories from the Gurus of Modern India

Leela Gandhi is the author of Postcolonial Theory (1998), Measures of Home (2000), Affective Communities (2006) and the coauthored, England Through Colonial Eyes (2002). She is a founding coeditor of the journal Postcolonial Studies and Professor of English at the University of Chicago.

Abstract:  The talk will consider the practical and written work of some of the gurus of early-twentieth-century South Asia as an effort to transform democracy itself into an art (or spiritual exercise) of becoming-common. This endeavor becomes properly visible, I'll hope to argue, when read in context of the complex, transnational field of anticolonial antifascism in this period.

Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Asian Heritage Month

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This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Please click HERE to register.  For further information, please contact the Asian Institute.

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