Friday, April 5, 2013
2:30pm – 4:30pm
Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute
111 Thayer Street
Discussion and reception to follow
“B.R. Ambedkar: Reshaping the Political Imagination in Modern India”
Seminar with Ananya Vajpeyi, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, New Delhi
Dr. Vajpeyi acquired a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 2004 and M.Phil from Oxford University where she was a Rhodes Scholar. She held postdoctoral positions at the Johns Hopkins University and the Nehru Memorial Museum, New Delhi. She taught in 2006-07 at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, and from 2007 to 2011 at the University of Massachusetts, in Boston. Ananya Vajpeyi is an Associate Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, New Delhi. In 2012-13, she is a Senior Fellow with the American Institute of Indian Studies. She writes a monthly column in the Calcutta Telegraph and occasionally edits issues of "Seminar: the Monthly Symposium."
Her teaching and research interests include the intellectual history of modern and premodern South Asia, comparative European and Indian political thought, and the study of violence and non-violence in modernity. Her first book, Righteous Republic: The Political Foundations of Modern India, is published by Harvard University Press in the US, UK and India in September 2012. Her next book will be a biography of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar.