Caste in the Classroom
In spite of its location in the master’s language, English departments have often been spaces of radical thinking, challenging the literary canon and even giving space to the birth of new disciplines. Marxist, feminist, postcolonial and post-structuralists thought have changed the terrain of English departments and opened up the student of literary texts to issues of power, politics and ideology.
Following this tradition, in this event, we want to reflect about texts, practices and hegemony, by focusing on the social issue of Caste, which is gaining more and more recognition, as one of the most significant organizing features of Indian society.
In fact, the question of caste has led to the interrogation of the boundaries of various regional literature in India and to the formation of the new category of Dalit Literature. Thus, today, we not only have a full-fledged Dalit studies center at the main English Department but we also have opened up the syllabus to include a few texts by Dalit writers.
We want to put to use the insights that these texts provide, regarding the marginalization, stigmatisation and violence that Dalit communities face, along with the rich and long tradition of their resistance. With this we want to re-examine the literary canon, the literature classroom and thereby the university space.
In this regard we want to explore:
>What constitutes the University Classroom: Issues of Pedagogy
>What goes on Inside: Classroom Practices
>How is it represented outside: Cinematic Representation
>Gender and the Classroom: -Dalit Feminism vs Elite Feminism
>Resistance: Anti-caste Student Activism in Universities
Dates: 15th & 16th March 2018
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