Saturday, February 18, 2006  9:30am - 6:00pm International Affairs Building, Dag Hammaskjold Room

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Discussing the theory of Modernity outside the West, speakers will include Arjun Appadurai, Partha Chatterjee, Sudipta Kaviraj, Steven Lukes, Sheldon Pollock, Sanjay Subrahmanyam, and David Washbrook.

Scholarly opinion remains split on the history of modernity in a global perspective. Older models of a singular transformation with its origins in western Europe and then disseminated across the world have been complicated by evidence of multiple or alternative modernities in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Postcolonial critique in South Asia in particular has sought to rethink the centrality of colonialism in this history, whereas contrarily contemporary globalization processes have rekindled the question of convergence as posed in earlier modernization theory. How and why "premodernity" ended, whether there is an "early modern period," what colonialism meant for modernity remain thorny and consequential issues.

Participants

  • Arjun Appadurai

    Paulette Goddard Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication

    New York University

  • Partha Chatterjee

    Professor of Anthropology

    Columbia University

  • Sudipta Kaviraj

    Professor, Indian Politics and Intellectual History

    Columbia University

  • Sheldon Pollock

    The Arvind Raghunathan Professor of South Asian Studies

    Columbia University

  • Sanjay Subrahmanyam

    Professor and Doshi Chair of Indian History

    UCLA

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