Events

Tuesday Seminar
Mar 7

Abstract

A girl, barely eleven years of age, died from brutal marital rape in Calcutta in 1890. There was a huge uproar when her death intensified reformist pressure for increasing the minimum age for cohabitation for women, and when the colonial state brought forward a bill to raise the age of consent within and outside marriage. Outrage expressed in the Bengali press eventually threw up an entirely unprecedented form of political action : anti state public demonstrations on the...

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HSS Occasional Seminar
Mar 8

Abstract

Forensic crime scene photography is a prime example of what photographic historian Elizabeth Edwards calls the "no style" style of photography. It attempts to present an objective and unmediated representation of the world, revealing visible evidence that is then of use in court room contexts. In this paper, based on interviews with crime scene photographers and other professional forensic scientists, I argue that British crime scene photography has a particular style and...

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HSS Occasional Seminar
Mar 17

Abstract

The HSS Department invites three commentators to discuss the results of the Uttar Pradesh elections.

Bios

Gilles Verniers is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Ashoka University. He is the co-Editor of a forthcoming book on the sociology of elected representatives in India, with Prof. Christophe Jaffrelot and Dr. Sanjay Kumar, CSDS.

Supriya Sharma is National Editor, scroll.in. She is the recipient of the Chameli Devi Jain Award for an...

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Tuesday Seminar
Mar 21

Abstract

Little is known about how people experience humiliation and how they manage/challenge it in intergroup encounters. The present paper explores these issues among Dalits in India. A mix of thematic analysis and interpretative phenomenological analysis of qualitative data obtained through semi-structured interviews (N = 19) among Dalit participants from Maharashtra revealed four overarching themes: The centrality of valued identity, Collective experience of humiliation,...

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Tuesday Seminar
Mar 28

Abstract

The Indian higher judiciary has acquired an increasingly important role in India's public discourse in the last few decades. The Supreme Court and the state High Courts have emerged as enormously powerful judicial institutions in the aftermath of the Internal Emergency of 1975-77. The principal means through which these judicial powers have been mobilized and enacted is the jurisdiction of Public Interest Litigation (PIL). This lecture will talk about the political role that...

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Tuesday Seminar
Apr 11

Abstract

This lecture elaborates on the argument of my book, Intellectual Work and the Spirit of Capitalism (Palgrave Macmillan 2014), by focusing on the implications of Max Weber’s (1864-1920) remarks concerning technology of culture. I begin by placing Weber’s neglected ideas on industrial capitalism and technological culture in the context of his arguments on the uniqueness of the Western vocations of art, science, and politics. I then argue that this dimension of his...

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