Institute of Historical Studies
Institute of Historical Studies

Workshop: "Recovering Pastoral Power," by Indrani Chatterjee, University of Texas at Austin

Mon, April 27, 2020 | GAR 4.100

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

This paper attempts to come to terms with the invisibility of 'pastoral governmentality' to postcolonial Indian political analysts and historians. Tentatively titled 'Recovering Pastoral Power', it will outline both causes for this invisibility and its costs for the histories of gender in the South Asian past.

Indrani Chatterjee received her Ph.D. from School of Oriental Studies (SOAS), University of London, U.K in 1997. She is the author of Gender, Slavery and Law in Colonial India (Oxford University Press, 1999) (1999) and Forgotten Friends: Monks, Marriages, and Memories of Northeast India (Oxford University Press, 2013); editor of Unfamiliar Relations: Family and History in South Asia (Rutgers university Press, 2004); coeditor of Slavery and South Asian History (Indiana University Press, 2007). She continues to publish in the histories of slavery and gender in South Asian pasts. She hopes to use this evidence to rethink a history of governance for a small part of the subcontinent. She is a Fellow at the Institute for Historical Studies in 2019-20.

Cynthia Talbot
Professor of History
University of Texas at Austin

Free and open to the public. Please RSVP to by April 24, at 10am, to sign-up to attend. Light lunch provided to all who RSVP. The Institute for Historical Studies is committed to sustainable practices and minimizing waste. To that end, we ask that you inform us in your RSVP if you will not require lunch.  In addition, we have eliminated all bottled water and encourage attendees to bring their own reusable canteens to fill at our first-floor bottle-refilling station.

Sponsored by: Institute for Historical Studies in the Department of History

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