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Call for Papers: BHU National Seminar on Dalits in India [Nov 28-29, Varanasi]; Submit by Oct 30


Banaras Hindu University Varanasi is organising a National Seminar on Dalits in India between November 28-29, 2015.

A major determinant of subalternity in India has been the distance and degree of exclusion.  Distance of social and degree of economic exclusion; both exist in a mutually reinforcing relation. Different subaltern groups have been subjected to different levels of social and economic exclusion.

The proposed seminar is an extension of our earlier work on Subalternity, Exclusion and Social Change in India wherein we have tried to find out the answers to the questions- Why are the Subalterns Subalterns and how does a society produce and reproduce subalterns?

Are Subalterns a historical construction and how do we place the differentially positioning groups within large subaltern category? We have also argued in this work for exploring the dynamic relations between exclusion, Subalternity and Social Change instead of treating them as discrete social categories.

In spite of an unending subaltern reproduction through ideology, knowledge and power, the subalterns are negotiating the emancipation amidst their conflicting operations, subjugation, and exploitation within the society.

The seminar is intended to be part of our next volume on Subalternity, Exclusion and Social Change in India with special focus on Dalits as Subaltern group.

The Seminar will deliberate on the following themes:

  • Who are Dalits and who are Subalterns? Subalterns have been defined more in relation to excluded and subordinated social groups than in a binary opposition to the elite. Subalternity is a condition of subordinate relations. Under subaltern groups in India,low castes (Dalits), minorities, women, peasantry and tribes are covered. The subalterns within subalterns, defined as differential subalternity and subalterns within various levels of subalternity as multiple subalternity are also noticed. Dalit is a subaltern group but even within Dalit, the social experiences of different Dalit groups have not been similar. Some of them have been subjected to extreme level of social distance and exclusion than some others.
  • Social reproductions of Dalits in India.
  • Routes of Dalit’s emancipation and empowerment.
  • Dalits and Neo-liberal policies.
  • Social and political processes of Dalit empowerment.

Scholars, bureaucrats, media and NGOs from all over India and abroad are invited in the Two- Day Seminar on 28th -29th November 2015.

Call for Papers:

Interested Scholars are requested to write their papers on either of the above Sub-themes. Scholars may send their abstracts within 300 words latest by 30th October, 2015 to [email protected] or [email protected]

Registration Fee:

For Students- 300

For Teachers- 500

For further information, go through the concept note HERE.

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