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Sixth South Asia Graduate Student Conference: Foundations for the Study of South Asia

"Keynote: Connecting the Dots: Some Ways of Reframing South Asian History"

April 18, 2009

A keynote address by Sanjay Subrahmanyam, Navin and Pratima Doshi Chair of Indian History at UCLA.

What are the foundational categories that shape research on South Asia? How do such seemingly basic categories such as Space, Time, Person, Thing, Knowledge, Action and Representation, concepts more often assumed than interrogated, inflect and inform our scholarship? The conference focuses on such basic categories to bring into view the analytical axes that orient us to our materials. The conference brought together a broad cross-section of scholars, working on ancient, medieval, early modern and modern topics, from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, for more broad-based discussions of the study of South Asia under the long shadow of Modernity.

Sanjay Subrahmanyamn is Professor and Doshi Chair of Indian History in the Department of History, UCLA. His most recent works are Explorations in Connected History and Indo-Persian Travels in the Age of Discoveries.

Cosponsored by the University of Chicago South Asia Language & Area Center and Committee on Southern Asian Studies and the Center for International Studies.