B.R. Ambedkar and the Science of Fellowship: Lecture by J. Daniel Elam

This lecture examined the work of Dalit activist and thinker B.R. Ambedkar. It argues that a proper understanding of Ambedkar’s repudiation of caste must come from a more rigorous understanding of the particularity of Ambedkar’s academic training, which included not only sociology and law, but philological and orientalist training as well. Consequently, the speaker argues for “sociophilia” and contagion as the key to understanding Ambedkar’s annihilation of caste.

J. Daniel Elam is an Assistant Professor of comparative literature at the University of Hong Kong. He has written extensively on Bhagat Singh and other anticolonial thinkers. His forthcoming book, World Literature for the Wretched of the Earth (Fordham UP, 2020) is an examination of anticolonial antiauthoritarianism in writings by Lala Har Dayal, B.R. Ambedkar, M.K. Gandhi, Bhagat Singh, and Frantz Fanon.

Prathama Banerjee is a Professor at Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi.

Friday, 13 March 2020
5 pm, CSDS Seminar Room
29 Rajpur Road, Delhi