*RESCHEDULED* AMESALL Distinguished Lecture
Wednesday, November 18, 2020, 11:00am - 01:00pm
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Speaker: Partha Chatterjee, Professor of Anthropology and Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies, Columbia University

Talk Title: “A Relativist View of the Indian Nation”

Talk Abstract: Research in the last three decades on the print literatures in the various Indian languages has revealed that the consciousness of the people as constituting a nation was deeply grounded in the emergence in the 19th and 20th centuries of the regional vernaculars as standardized print languages. But the identity of the people-nation in each region had constituent features that were not the same everywhere. At the same time, the identity of a linguistic community as a people was located within a larger identity of belonging to the Indian nation. This paper argues that while there is a real construct of the Indian nation, it looks different when viewed from the perspective of each regional language. There is no language-neutral perspective available. Hence, one must accept a relativist view of the Indian nation.


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