Seminar and Book Launch: "New Subaltern Politics: Reconceptualizing Hegemony and Resistance in Contemporary India"
With Srila Roy and Alf Gunvald Nilsen
Srila Roy and Alf G. Nilsen’s new edited volume “New Subaltern Politics” presents a critical dialogue between the conceptual and analytical legacies of Subaltern Studies and the evolving forms of hegemony and resistance in contemporary India. From the struggles of the urban poor in Gujarat to the activism of sexual subalterns in eastern India and the mobilization of artisanal fishing communities in Tamil Nadu, the essays cover a diverse range of ongoing struggles against dispossession, disenfranchisement, and stigma that are unfolding in neoliberal India.
In this seminar-cum-book-launch, the editors introduce us to a volume that analyses the forms of collective agency that subaltern groups develop to negotiate with the workings of power from above. Foregrounding the imaginative, affective, and secular dimensions of subaltern agency, “New Subaltern Politics” interrogates the current relevance of Gramscian concepts of hegemony, subalternity, and the integral state in the contemporary Indian context.
Dr. Geir Heierstad from NIBR and Prof. Arild Engelsen Ruud from IKOS at UiO, will comment on the book.
Refreshments will be served!
Srila Roy is at the Department of Sociology, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.
Alf Gunvald Nilsen is at the Department of Sociology, University of Bergen, Norway.