Agenda for Third Annual Conference on South Asia 2019



Ireland India Institute Conference on South Asia

24th, 25th& 26thApril 2019

All Hallows Campus,

Dublin City University, Drumcondra, Dublin


Day One: Wednesday, 24th April 2019



13:00 – 14:00

Purcell House            

14:00 – 15:30 Parallel Sessions (two parallel panels)


(Purcell House)

Panel One: Gendered Rights & Resistance – Manipur & Kashmir: Towards an experiential theorisation of contemporary forms of decoloniality


Uzma Falak Mehraj, University of Heidelberg

Women’s Intimate Worlds, Affective Female Alliance and Companionship of Resistance in Kashmir


Sumi Madhok, London School of Economics and Political Science

Vernacular rights cultures and the gendered politics of protest in a state of exception


Goldie Osuri, University of Warwick

& Uzma Falak Mehraj, University of Heidelberg

‘knew nothing about #kashmir . . . but admire its resistance against

colonialism’: Shifting (de)coloniality at the Tate


Chair: Dr. Mohd Tahir Ganie




(Purcell House)

Panel Two: ‘Labours’ of Love


Salomi Jacob, Jyoti Nivas College

Sex Worker: Antithesis to the Ideal Aspirant


Nasrin Khandoker, National University of Ireland, Maynooth

Spiritual vs. Sensual: Subversive female voices in Bhawaiya folk songs of North Bengal to challenge the hierarchy of love


Shanthalembi Lisham, Tata Institute of Social Sciences

Marginality and the Politics of Protest: Reflection on Conversation with Female Sex Workers


Prateek Srivastava, University of Cincinnati

War and Violence against Women in Kashmir: The Creation and Neglect of Kashmiri Half-Widows


Ved Prakash, Central University of Rajasthan

Performing Gender, Inviting Abhorrence: A Study of Suffering and Violence through Hijras of Kashmir


Chair: Dr. Charu Gupta


15:30 – 16:00


Tea break


16:00 -17:30

Room: AHCSG05 (Senior House)

Welcome and Opening Address by Prof. Eileen Connolly, Director, Ireland India Institute


Keynote Address:


Romance and Religion: Illicit Intimacies in Modern India


Dr. Charu Gupta, Associate Professor, Department of History, University of Delhi





Day Two: Thursday, 25thApril 2019



10:00 – 10:15

AHCSG05 (Senior House)



Welcome by Dr. Jivanta Schottli, Ireland India Institute, DCU

10:15- 11:15 AHCSG05 (Senior House)



Keynote Lecture:


Buddhist Nationalism in Sri Lanka and Beyond


Prof. Jonathan Spencer, Regius Professor of  South Asian Language, Culture and Society,  School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh


11:15 – 11:30 Tea and Coffee Break
11:30 – 13:00 Morning Session One  (four parallel panels)


(Purcell House)

Panel Three:  Dynamics of State Formation in South Asia


Aafreen Mustafa, Jawaharlal Nehru University

Understanding the Changing Dynamic of Muslim Identity in Kolkata


Xenia Rasul, University of Cambridge

The Racialized Other: Pashtun Identity, and the Pakistan State


Chandra Upadhyay, Gauhati University & Tribhuvan University, Nepal

Muslim Minority Identity in Contemporary Nepal


Rajarshi Chakraborty, Jawaharlal Nehru University

Politicization of Foreign Aid and its Effect on Afghanistan, 2001-2016


Chair: Prof. Jonathan Spencer




(Purcell House)

Panel Four: Literature and Cinema in Politics


Thea Buckley, Queen’s University Belfast

Recolonising the Nation: India’s indigenous filmic Titus (The Hungry) and Lear (Iyobinte Pusthakam)


Rosa Maria Garcia, Queen’s University Belfast

Localizing Romeo and Juliet: Ram-Leela and Indian Politics


Ankita Sethi, University of Delhi

Literature as an Alternative Site of Knowledge Construction: A Study of Punjab Crisis of 1980’s through selected Short Stories


Yasmin Ansari, Aligarh Muslim University

Representation of Widows in Select Bollywood Films


Chair: Dr. Giovanna Rampazzo




(Purcell House)

Panel Five: Dalit Literature


Neelima B, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras

The Affect, Space and Caste in Dalit Literature from India


Pratibha Biswas, Jamia Millia Islamia

Victims or Agents: Self-perception of Dalit Women in Pan on Fire


Chandna Singh Nirwan, Malaviya National Institute of Technology

Dalit Identity in Bama’s Karukku, Sangati, and Just One Word


Chair: Dr. Charu Gupta




(Purcell House)

Panel Six: Colonialism and Culture


Ghulam Ali Shair, University of Warwick

The Case of Classical Music in Pakistan: A Post-Colonial Betrayal


Theertha Raj, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras

Imperial is In: Postcolonial constructs of heritage and nationhood in Indian haute couture


Shreyasi Pathak, National Institute of Design, Gandhinagar

Martial Music and Photography


Chair: Dr. Paola Rivetti


13:00 – 14:30 Lunch
14:30 – 16:00 Afternoon Session (four parallel panels)



(Purcell House)

Panel Seven: War and Partition Literature


Rimi Nath, North-Eastern Hill University

The “Long Shadow” of Bangladeshi Liberation War and the National Question: A Reading of Tahmima Anam’s Bengal Trilogy


Yogesh Mishra, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi

Thus I speak : Between real, real and rhetoric in Kashmir


Rajarshi Kalita, Dept. of English, University of Delhi

“Imagined” Fear: Contemporary Assamese Literature, Memory, and the Politics of Sub-National Identity


Simranjeet Kaur, Pondicherry University

Marginalization of Kashmiri Sikhs in Historical and Contemporary discourse


Chair: Dr. Sharon Murphy





(Purcell House)

Panel Eight: Environmental Policies and Politics


Dhanasree Jayaram, University of Lausanne

A Divided South Asia at Climate Change Negotiations: Is there Room for Future Cooperation?


Jameson Karns, University of California

Die Indischen Wälder: Germany and the birth of the Indian Forest Department (1855-1910)


A. P. Payal, University of Delhi

Graphic storytelling and the Sundarbans– ecology, folklore, and equity


Ranjith Kallyani, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay

The Politics of Environment and Politics against Environment: The Electoral Interests and Formation of an Anti-environment Populism.


Chair: Dr. Diarmuid Torney




(Purcell House)

Panel Nine: Left, Right, Centre: Electoral Transformations


Smitana Saikia, FLAME University

Saffronizing the periphery: Examining shifting electoral dynamics in India’s northeast


Maria Amjad, University of Bologna

PTI in Power and the Limits of Populism


Steven Mace, University of Michigan

Voices on Walls: The Public Political Artwork of JNU Delhi


Samaira Khan, Independent Researcher

The First Systematic Study of Electoral System in Pakistan: The case of PTI


Chair: Prof. Subrata K. Mitra




(Purcell House)

Panel Ten: Symbols and Objects in Nation Making


Samayita Banerjee, Ashoka University

The Anxiety of Antiquities: Role of Archaeology, Museums and Objects in building a nation


Chitra Adkar, Jawaharlal Nehru University

Hindutva and the Political Economy of the Indian Beef


Bhargabi Das, National University of Ireland, Maynooth

Miya Poetry Movement and the NRC: Questioning Borders?


Lourens Wouter van Haaften, KU Leuven

Management Education and Nation Building; Locating IIM-Ahmedabad in India’s Social Imaginaries of Progress since 1961


Vadivel Raj, Trinity College Dublin

The Rise and Importance of Tamil Nationalism in India


Chair: Prof. John Doyle  


16:00 – 16:15 Tea and Coffee Break
16:15 – 17:45 Evening Session (four parallel panels)


(Purcell House)

Panel Eleven: Rhetoric of ‘Identity’ 


Diana Dimitrova, University of Montreal

Constructing Radhasoami Cultural Identity – Discourses and Ideologies


Shafiq Qurban, International Islamic University

Discourse of Pakistan Identity under Strand of Neo Liberal Citizenship: A Case Study of Musharraf Regime


Livika, Tata Institute of Social Science

Construction of knowledge and identity: The politics of exclusion of Naga culture from social sciences textbooks of SCERT Nagaland


Richa Rana, Jawaharlal Nehru University

Neoliberalism, Caste, and Class: The Moderators of Achievement Motivation Process of Women Research Scholars in India


Chair: Prof. Mondira Dutta




(Purcell House)

Panel Twelve: Revisiting colonialism


Lily Tekseng, Jawaharlal Nehru University

The Tribal Learns to Write: ‘Written-Orality’ as a Mode of Interrogating the Archival Narrative of the Indian Northeast


Jinan Ashraf, University of Hyderabad

Toward Critical Pedagogies of Reading: James Joyce and the English Classroom in India


Anisha Bordoloi, Omeo Kumar Das Institute of Social Change and Development

Recruiting ‘Junglees’ for a ‘Jungle’: A Historical Study of the Homogenisation of Lands and Populations Through the Recruitment of Tea Plantation Labour to Assam


Chair: Dr. Michael Hinds




(Purcell House)

Panel Thirteen: Politics of Cyberspace


Praveena Kannangattukuzhiyil Prabhakaran, University of Hyderabad

Unheard Voices: Narrativising #Hetoo campaign in the Cyberspace


Shikhar  Goel, Ambedkar University

Shutting the Net Down


Chair: Dr. Eugenia Siapera


Room: AHCPG02

(Purcell House)

Panel Fourteen: Dalit Literature in Contemporary Karnataka: Continuity with Change


Dhammadeep Wankhede, Gulbarga University

Buddha; A Ray of Hope in Modern Dalit Literature


Hanamant Pote, Gulbarga University

Dalit Consciousness In The Stories Of Devanooru Mahadeva


Vikram Visaji, Central University of Karnataka

The Poetry Of K.B. Siddhaiah: A Study In Dalit Puranas And Dalit Cultural Discourses


Somashekara D, Central University of Karnataka

Songs Of Protest:  A Socio-Cultural Identity of The Dalits


Shrishail Nagaraj, Gulbarga University

Reflection of Dalit Identity and Grievances in Prof. Pote’s Short Stories


Chair: Tapasya Narang






Day Three: Friday, 26thApril 2019


10:00 – 11:30 Morning Session (three parallel panels)



Purcell House

Panel Fifteen: Representations: Identity and Literature


Debarati Das, Jawaharlal Nehru University

Locating Myths in Mahasweta Devi’s Literary Works


Nisha Kommattam, University of Chicago

The Public Secret: Narratives of Transgression from South India


Amit Kumar, Jawaharlal Nehru University

Dalit’s in Hindi Cinema: A Binary of ‘Self’ and ‘Other’


Akshat Seth, Jawaharlal Nehru University

Representations of the Nation in Postmillennial Indian English Commercial Fiction


Chair: Prof. Eileen Connolly




Purcell House


Panel Sixteen: Dalit Sub-alternity


Mousumi Mandal, Presidency University

Banabibi and the Forest Workers of Sundarbans – A Study of their ‘Unresolved Antagonism’ with the Normative Religions


Kalyan Kumar Das, Presidency University

The Doms of West Bengal and a Contemporary ‘Career of the Anti-God’


Vincent Kelley , King’s College London

Ambedkarites After Conversion: Contested Sacred Space, Conflicting Buddhisms, and Dalit Popular Culture in Delhi’s Urban Periphery


Florian Schybilski, University of Potsdam

‘Modernity as Salvation’ – Narendra Jadhav’s Outcaste and Dalit

Human Rights


Chair: Prof. Jonathan Spencer





Purcell House


Panel Seventeen: Contested Beliefs in Nationalism


Yasir Bashir, Jamia Millia Islamia

Beyond 1947 and Accession: Mapping Contested Histories of the Kashmir Conflict


Nandini Gupta, Trinity College Dublin

Can Words Speak Louder than Bullets? : Tracing the Role of Feminist Nationalism in Kashmiri Women’s Struggle for Freedom and Peace


Alex Paul O’Connell, Independent researcher

Saffron Secularism: Religious Nationalism in India


Krishanu Adhikari, K.R.K.K. College

Rohinton Mistry’s Fiction and the Question of Margin: A Select Study


Chandrima Das, Durgapur Women’s College

The Reluctant Administrator: A Reading of Upamanyu Chatterjee’s IAS Novels


Chair: Dr. Kenneth McDonagh


11:30 – 11:45 Tea and Coffee Break
11:45 – 13:15 Morning Session (three parallel panels)


Purcell House

Panel Eighteen: Adivasi Identity


Dalel Benbabaali, University of Oxford

‘Hill and plain land Adivasis of Bangladesh: A comparative study of indigenous peoples in the Chittagong Hill Tracts and in Northern Bangladesh’


Bishnu Satapathy, University of Delhi

Hinduization and Tribal Mobilization


Chandreyi Sengupta, Jadavpur University

Co-existence of cooperation and conflict: Reconstructing identities in the Koch-Rajbanshi sovereignty politics of India


Nupur Tiwary, KU Leuven

From Christian missionary schools to Ashram schools: deciphering the concept of education for Adivasis in Jharkhand, India


Chair: Prof. John Doyle




Purcell House


Panel Nineteen: Identity Formation in the North- East


Rinzing Ongmu Sherpa, Jawaharlal Nehru University

Politics of Ethnicity and Identity Formation: A Study of the Sherpas of Sikkim Post 1975


Mukuta Borah, Sharda University

Narrating Conflict: Representations of Women Caught in Conflict Zones in Contemporary Assamese Literature


Violina Borah, University of Delhi

Felanee: Framing identities of women during the socio-political movements in Assam in the 1970s


Antora Borah, University of Delhi

Semiya as Hybrid Identity: Immigrant Bangladeshi in an Emergent Collectivity in a foothill village of Assam-Nagaland


Chair: Dr. Jivanta Schottli




Purcell House


Panel Twenty: Interpreting the Past


Rukma Prince, University of Hyderabad

Beyond the Secular: Religion in Contemporary Pakistani Novels in English


Averi Saha, Kanchrapara College

Narration and Interpretation: Oral and Written Retelling of Indian Myths


Anindita Ghosh, Indian Institute of Technology, Mandi

Reflecting the Real: Class to Caste Conflict in India


Anuroop Kaur Sandhu, University of Delhi

Mother Tongue and Identity Politics: A Comparative Study of the

Role of Singh Sabha Movement and Gaelic League in the Creation of a

Political and Literary Identity of Punjab and Ireland


Chair: Dr. Arpita Chakraborty


13:15 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 15:30 Afternoon Session (two parallel panels)


Purcell House

Panel Twenty One: Colours of Desire: Queer Politics


Ina Goel, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

The queer paradox of being ‘third’ gender – constructions and contradictions in framing the hijra identity in India


Beauty Thounaojam, Jawaharlal Nehru University

Transgender Idenan Experience: A Case Study of the Nupi-Maanbi of Manipur


Agaja P, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay

Home away from Natal Home : A Study of Migrant transmen in Bangalore city


Priya Sharma, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay

Whose “ethos”?: A critique of the heteronormative policy-making around Indian Surrogacy


Madhuparna Karmakar, School of Women’s Studies, Jadavpur University

Identity Politics, ‘Difference’ and Feminisms in India


Chair: Dr. Jean-Phillipe Imbert




Purcell House

Panel Twenty Two: Reading Identity, Resistance and Desire in South-Asia


Dhananjay Kumar Rai, Central University of Gujarat

Irreconcilable Reconciliation and Recovering the Political: A Quest for De-Identitarianism in South Asia


Rityusha Tiwary, Delhi University

The Nation and the Other: Tales of Subversion and Convalescence in Contemporary Hindi Cinema


Gourab Ghosh, Jawaharlal Nehru University

Love in the time of Smart-phones: Reading Caste and Masculinity in Gay Cruising and Tourism in India


Chair: Prof. Mondira Dutta



15:30 – 16:30


Purcell House


Closing Lecture by Prof.  Subrata K  Mitra, Emeritus Professor of Political Science, South Asian Institute, Heidelberg University  on


Political Science in an Age of Uncertainty: The ‘Rational’ Voter in Indian Elections


Welcome and Vote of Thanks by Prof. John Doyle, Director, IICRR, Dublin City University

17:00 – 18:00  

Cultural Event and Wine Reception (Dining Hall)

Concert by DCU Trad Society