Leela Gandhi: If This Were A Manifesto For Postcolonial Thinking

B.N.Ganguli Memorial Lectures are instituted in memory of the distinguished economist Professor B.N. Ganguli, former Chair, CSDS Board of Governors. Earlier speakers in the series include Professors Charles Taylor, Rodolfo Stavenhagen, Raimundo Panikkar, Bhikhu Parekh, Ernest Gellner, Ali Mazrui, Roberto Unger, Michael Walzer, John Keane, Amit Bhaduri, Giorgio Agamben, Bina Agarwal, José Casanova, Partha Chatterjee, Boaventura de Sousa Santos, Dipesh Chakrabarty, Claudio Lomnitz, Jomo Kwame Sundaram and Sari Nusseibeh.

The lecture took stock of recent developments in postcolonial theory. The speaker will suggest that postcolonial theory is a modern philosophy of renunciation that offers a unique proposal for uninjured life and non-injurious community.

Leela Gandhi is John Hawkes Professor of the Humanities and English at Brown University and a noted academic in the field of postcolonial theory. She is founding co-editor of the academic journal Postcolonial Studies, and the author of Affective Communities: Anticolonial Thought, Fin-de-Siècle Radicalism, and The Politics of Friendship (2006), and The Common Cause: Postcolonial Ethics and the Practice of Democracy, 1900-1955 (2014). A revised edition of her book Postcolonial Theory: A Critical Introduction is forthcoming in 2019.  She serves on the editorial board of the electronic journal Postcolonial Text, and is a senior fellow at the School for Criticism and Theory at Cornell University. At Brown, she is Interim Director of the Centre for Contemporary South Asia.

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

Wednesday, 26 September 2018
6 pm, CSDS Seminar Room
29 Rajpur Road, Delhi