April 22, 2016

1 - 2 PM: Registration and Lunch

2 - 2:30 PM: Welcome and Introductory Remarks
Smriti Srinivas (University of California, Davis)

2:30 - 4:30 PM: Pasts/Present

Alessandra Radicati (London School of Economics)
On the Way to Everywhere: The politics of “hub-ness” in contemporary Sri Lanka

Biditha Tithi (University of California, Davis)
Reimagining the political ecology of environmental risks and place-making in Chittagong, Bangladesh and its location in the Indian Ocean World: A critical feminist analysis of the perceptions of contemporary vulnerabilities and historical memory of the Indian Ocean region

Chandana Anusha (Yale University)
Histories and Ecologies in Western India 

Yih-chuen Liao (New York University )
Politics and Aesthetics of the National Museums in South Asia

Discussants
Thomas Hansen (Stanford University), and
Smriti Srinivas (University of California, Davis)

4:30 - 5:00 PM: Break

5:00 - 6:30 PM: Keynote
Sunil Amrith (Harvard University)
Struggles for Citizenship in the Eastern Indian Ocean

6:30 - 8:30 PM: Reception and Dinner

April 23, 2016

9 - 11 AM: Relationalities/Topographies

Christopher Miller (University of California, Davis)
The Fluid Body

Mahendran Thiruvarangan (City University of New York)
Bastard Tamils and Sinhala Leftists: Socialist Oceanic Cosmpolitics in Somachandra Wijesuria’s First Rising

Khatija Khader (Jawaharlal Nehru University)
Mobility and Translocality in the Indian Ocean: Transforming Notions of Racial, Religious and Diasporic Identities in the Siddi and Hadrami Communities of Hyderabad, India

Reema Rajbanshi (University of California, San Diego)
Abolitionist Imaginaries: Precarity, Unfreedom, and the "Prior" in 20th c South Asia and 19th c Brazil

Discussants
Lawrence Cohen (University of California, Berkeley), and
Anjali Arondekar (University of California, Santa Cruz)

11 - 11:30 AM: Break

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM: Practices/Networks

Taimoor Shahid (University of Chicago)
The Ethics of Cosmopolitan Belonging: Moral, Literary, and Spatial Geographies in an Indian Ocean Epic

Nuno Grancho (University of Coimbra)
Political rivalry, architectural knowledge and colonial presence in the Indian Ocean

Byapti Sur (Universiteit Leiden)
The Politics of Corruption beyond Europe and Asia in the Indian Ocean: local-Dutch power dynamics in 17th-century Bengal

Qurratulain Nasiruddin and Faheem Sabzali (Independent Scholars)
Pir Sabzali’s Travelogue: An Insight into the evolution of Ismaili communities in last 100 Years

Discussants
Sudipta Sen (University of California, Davis), and
Parama Roy (University of California, Davis)

1:30 - 2:30 PM: Lunch

2:30 - 4:30 PM: Contemporary/Contemporaneous Worlds

Michael Sugarman (University of Cambridge)
Extending South Asian Urbanism Through Housing Practices: Slum clearance, squatter resettlement and redevelopment schemes in Bombay and Singapore, 1920-1940

Kaitlin Emmanuel (Cornell University)
Setting the Stage for Sri Lankan Modernism

Sarover Zaidi (University of Utrecht)
The Mughal Masjid: Tracing Shi’a materiality, making and mnemonics in Bombay

Nicole Berger (Princeton University)
Can Paris be Tamil

Discussants
Bettina Ng’weno (University of California, Davis), and
Neelima Jeychandran (University of California, Davis)

4:30 - 5:00 PM: Round-up

6:30 PM: Dinner (Participants only)