Friday, April 17, 2015
2:00pm – 4:00pm
Watson Institute, McKinney Conference Room
111 Thayer Street
Reception to follow
Friday, April 17 at 2:00 p.m.
Joint Seminar on South Asian Politics @ Brown
Chandan Gowda, Azim Premji University
The Origins of the Developmental State: Colonialism and the Politics of Knowledge in India
Chandan Gowda is a Professor of Sociology at Azim Premji University in Karnataka, India. Gowda worked as Associate Professor of Sociology at the Centre for the Study of Social Exclusion, National Law School of India, Bangalore, after earning his Ph.D. degree at the Department of Sociology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 2007. He obtained an M.A. degree in sociology from the University of Hyderabad in 1996 and a Ph.D. Certificate in Cultural Studies from the University of Pittsburgh in 1998.
Gowda's research interests include social theory, Indian normative traditions, caste, and Kannada literature and cinema. In addition to his academic publications, he has written for newspapers and published translations of Kannada fiction and non-fiction in English. Before moving to APU, he was Associate Professor of Sociology at the Centre for the Study of Social Exclusion, National Law School of India, Bengaluru, between 2008 and 2011. He is presently completing a book on the cultural politics of development in old Mysore state.