The Caste Question and the Historian’s Craft

Conference on ‘The Caste Question and the Historian’s Craft’
26-28 February 2014
CSDS Seminar Hall, Delhi

This conference seeked to enable sustained conversation from diverse cultural-civilizational frame on the thematic of caste and History. In recent decades historians, in the quest for historicism, cautioning against uncritical acceptance of essentializing formulations and theoretical construction have shaped the imagination of caste. The conference brings together historians to engage with the idea and practices of hierarchy across caste, tribe and race. It aims at critically exploring, reflecting and rethinking the diverse historiographical trends on caste as also other hierarchical systems in a comparative frame as also the  implications of historical discursive traditions on the imagination of caste.

The conference was a part of the Golden Jubilee Celebrations of the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies. The conference was partly funded by the Indian Council of Historical Research and Indian Council of Social Science Research, New Delhi.

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Special Lectures:

‘Proliferation of Caste: A Historical Explanation’ by Rajan Gurrukal
Wednesday, 26 February 2014, 5 pm
CSDS Seminar Hall

‘When was Caste? Some reflections on early modern South Asia’ by William R. Pinch
Thursday, 27 February 2014, 6.15 pm
CSDS Seminar Hall