Speaking Otherwise: CSDS Podcast Series

Speaking Otherwise is an academic podcast on the Contemporary, hosted by the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), Delhi.  In this podcast, we speak to well known scholars from the humanities and the social sciences on the critical questions of our times.


Episode 1.  Secularism and Post-Secularism

In this episode, Prathama Banerjee speaks to Rajeev Bhargava on the place of religion in contemporary public life.  The discussion revolves around practices of secularism in India, the relationship between religion and caste, ancient and medieval histories of religious conflict and co-existence in the subcontinent and the concept of post-secularism as a possible optic to understand our times.

Rajeev Bhargava is a political philosopher and intellectual historian of religion and secularism.  He earlier taught at Jawaharlal Nehru University and Delhi University.  Subsequently, he was Professor and is now an honorary fellow at CSDS.  (Click for Details)

Episode 2.  Politics and Passions

In this episode, Prathama Banerjee speaks to Udaya Kumar on the place of passion, emotion and affect in contemporary public life.  The conversation meanders around questions of self, body, sensory, sensation, intensity, stigma, experience, ghosts, viruses and conditions of political existence today.  

Udaya Kumar is Professor at the Centre for English Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University. He works on autobiographical writing; death and contemporary culture; emotions and political life; Malayali literary cultures; vernacular social thought; and cultural histories of the body and the sensory.  (Click for Details)