|The conference thematizes the development of a political theory in relation to political structures and political culture, as well as models of state formation in Southeast Asia. How have they developed under the influence of Western colonial models and institutions? For example, the Indian sociologist Ashish Nandy advocates the theory that the social model of ancient India, shaped by karma, transcendence, hierarchy and timelessness, can form the foundation for developing an autonomous political culture in India. Unlike England, at the beginning of colonization India had no concept of the past which corresponded to the Wests historical concept. How was and is politics thought and defined in such a society? What was the influence of colonial Englands institutional innovations and mental apparatuses from the 19th century onwards? The conference will explore concepts of Indianess and Western models of political theory.
The conference Politics as the Site of the Modern: From the Fifteenth Century to the Present was curated by the prominent cultural anthropologist, political scientist and historian Partha Chatterjee, Kolkata University and Columbia University, and the professor for Indian history and culture at the University of Oxford, Sanjay Subrahmanyam.
Fri Oct 17
10 a.m. - 1.45 p.m.
Introduction/opening of conference
Politics and Modernity in South Asia:
Sanjay Subrahmanyam, Partha Chatterjee
Politics and Ethics in the Vernacular Niti Tradition
Velcheru Narayana Rao
Politics in the Delhi Sultanate
Politics in the Transmission of an Epic: Prithviraj Raso and the Mewar Court
3 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Sufism and Political Thought in the Mughal Period
A Comment on Sufism and Politics in the Longue Durée
The Political Vocabulary of a Late Mughal Statesman: The Case of Mirza Azfari
Early Modern and Colonial Modern: Proposal for a Distinction
Sat, Oct 18
2 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Monuments Made and Unmade: Ayodhya and Bodh Gaya
The Hindi Public Sphere and Political Discourse in the Twentieth Century
A Comment on Politics and Modernity
Sun, Oct 19
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
The Language of Politics:
Some Methodological Reflections
Modernity and Communalism
Discussion with Sudipta Kaviraj, Aaamir Mufti, Githa Hariharan, Paul Zacharia
Moderation: Joachim Oesterheld
Language: english I german