5–8 July 2018, at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi

Organized by the Association for Asian Studies along with Ashoka University, the 5th AAS-in-Asia Conference will be held in New Delhi this here, with the broad theme of Asia in Motion: Geographies and Genealogies.

Derived from the Greco-Roman conception of the world, the concept of Asia has a perverse genealogy as Europe’s other. Asians have thus experienced ‘Asia’ in ephemeral, uneven, and fleeting modes. At its heart lie the limits of inherited geographical categories. Nevertheless, the concept of Asia retains power in the political imagination. It serves as a critique of geography as a historical category and of the Asian nation-states that are today asserting themselves politically, economically, and geographically by invoking older and mythic forms of Asian culture and genealogies. This year’s programme includes panels across a wide range of disciplines and professional fields that interrogate received ideas of Asia and conceive of new spatial and temporal imaginings, and that explore, understand, and reassert those Asias that exist beyond conventional political geographies.

Aarti Kawlra, academic director of HaB and independent scholar with the Madras Institute of Developmental Studies (MIDS), will be presenting a paper entitled ‘Disciplining Caste Bodies: Manual Training for the Poor and the Pariah in Colonial Madras’ as part of a panel session titled Manual or Mental? Discourses and Experiments in Education in Colonial South Asia.

For more information on the conference and its participants, visit their website here.

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