Caste Today – programme

9.30 – 9.45 Welcome address by Geir Heierstad, Kenneth Bo Nielsen and Uday Chandra
9.45 – 10.15 Partition, Displacement and the Decline of the Scheduled Caste Movement in West Bengal Sekhar Bandyopadhyay, Victoria University of Wellington, and Anasua Basu Ray Chaudhury, Mahanirban Calcutta Research Group
10.15 – 10.45 An Absent-Minded Casteism? On the Making of Upper Caste Domination in West Bengal Dwaipayan Sen, Amherst College

Coffee

11.05 – 11.35 Caste in Indian Student Politics Kristina Garalytė, Vytautas Magnus University
11.35 – 12.05 Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan meets Sarva Samaj: The Politics of Education and Caste in Rural Uttar Pradesh Akshay Mangla, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
12.05 – 12.35 How Quotas for Scheduled Castes Shape Perceptions: A Survey Experiment Francesca Jensenius, UC Berkeley and Norwegian Institute of International Affairs

Lunch

13.30 – 14.00 Dr. Ambedkar: A Symbolic Type for India’s Dalits – Dag Erik Berg, University of Bergen
14.00 – 14.30 Great Men of Clay: ‘Portraiture’ in the Clay-Modelling Communities of Bengal Moumita Sen, University of Oslo
14.30 – 15.00 The Pitfalls and the Bridges on the Way to Securing Legal Protection against Discrimination on the Grounds of Caste in Britain Meena Dhanda, University of Wolverhampton

Coffee

15.20 – 15.50 Another History: Responses to Dalit Political Assertion in Colonial Bengal Sarbani Bandyopadhyay, St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata
15.50 – 16.20 Why the Namasudras ‘Suffered Diaspora’: Caste and the Governance of Refugees in West Bengal Uditi Sen, Hampshire College
16.20 – 16.50 Kol, Coolie, Colonial Subject: A Hidden History of Caste and the Making of Modern Bengal Uday Chandra, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity
16.50 – 17.00 Concluding remarks