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Penn School of Arts and Sciences Monday, March 25, 2024

Decolonizing Indian International Relations: Postcolonial Populists and Ethical Quandaries

Kira Huju
March 25, 2024

In the latest issue of India in Transition, Kira Huju (London School of Economics and Political Science) examines the politics and ethics of decolonizing Indian International Relations in times of Hindutva.

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CASI in the News

CASI 2019-20 Distinguished International Fellow and former Governor of the Reserve Bank of India, Duvvuri Subbarao has released his memoir Just a Mercenary?: Notes from My Life and Career (Penguin, 2024), available April 30, 2024. Dr. Subbarao's career spanned 35 years, during which time he held multiple positions at the state level in the Government of Andhra Pradesh and at the center within the Government of India.

CASI Non-Resident Visiting Scholars Mark Schneider (Community Change) and Neelanjan Sircar (Centre for Policy Research) published "Do Local Leaders Prioritize the Poor: Identifying the Distributive Preference of Village Politicians in India" in the April 2024 (Volume 88) issue of Electoral Studies.

Indivar Jonnalagadda (Assistant Professor of International Studies, Miami University and former Penn doctoral student in Anthropology and South Asia Studies) co-organized (with Thomas Cowan) a Special Feature in the March 2024 issue of City exploring the negotiated bureaucratic politics shaping urbanization in South Asia. The published papers were first presented at the 2022 CASI 30th Anniversary Workshop, City Drafting: Property-Making and Bureaucratic Urbanism in South Asia, organized by Jonnalagadda.

City Drafting: Property-making and Bureaucratic Urbanism in South Asia
Indivar Jonnalagadda & Thomas Cowan

Fixing Bhim Nagar: A New Metonym for Subaltern Urbanism
Sangeeta Banerji

Shaky Ground: The Fraud of Property in Lahore
Tariq Rahman

Scripts, Scribes and Scribbles: Notes on Drafting the South Asian City
D. Asher Ghertner

Property-work, Work of Property: Figuring Land and Caste in an Urbanizing Frontier
Shubhra Gururani

From Bureaucratic Practice to Competing Policy: Examining the Durable and Redistributive Nature of Land Regularization Politics in Bangalore
Varun Patil

Categorizing Land: An Account of Leftover Land in Patna
Sheema Fatima

CASI Student Programs

Applications are OPEN for the 2024-25 Sobti Family Fellowship and the new Sobti Fieldwork Fellowship!Deadline to Apply: Monday, April 29, 2024, 11:59pm.

Read all about the CASI 2023 Summer Interns and Summer Research Grant recipients' experiences on the CASI Student Programs Blog!

Questions about CASI Student Programs?
Please contact Juni Bahuguna (Assistant Director, Student & Visitor Programs) at junib@sas.upenn.edu

Upcoming Events

March 26, 2024, 12 noon (VIRTUAL) at the University of Tours

"German Lessons: Comparative Constitutionalism, States’ Rights, and Federalist Imaginaries in Interwar India"

CASI Postdoctoral Research Fellow Sarath Pillai will speak on his paper about the influence of German ideas on federalist ideas in interwar India at the Law(s), Institutions, and Cultural Interactions (DIIC) seminar at the University of Tours

March 29, 2024, 2:00pm (In-Person) at Penn (College Hall 209)

"Climate Futures' Past: Law, Insurance, and Weather Knowledge in the Indian Ocean World"

Penn Economic History Forum Discussion with CASI Non-Resident Visiting Scholar Debjani Bhattacharyya (University of Zürich)

April 2, 2024, 5:00pm (In-Person) at Annenberg School for Communication

All That Breathes: Film Screening and Q&A with Director Shaunak Sen
[Registration Required]


April 4, 2024, 4:30pm (In-Person) at CASI

"Accelerating India’s Development: A State-Led Roadmap for Effective Governance"

CASI / Penn Economics / South Asia Center Book Talk with Author Karthik Muralidharan (UC San Diego)


April 8, 2024, 6:00pm (In-Person) at Kelly Writer's House (3805 Locust Walk)

Mira Jacob: Reading & Conversation
(Hosted by Piyali Bhattacharya)

[Registration Required]

Co-sponsored by CASI, Asian American Studies Program, Center for Experimental Ethnography, Creative Writing Program, Fine Arts and Design, and Creative Ventures Program at the Kelly Writers House.

2023-24 CASI Seminar Series

April 11, 2024, 12 noon (In-Person) at CASI

"B. R. Ambedkar in/and America: A Reflection on Caste and Comparison"

CASI / South Asia Center / Dept. of South Asia Studies / Dept. of History Seminar with Anupama Rao (Barnard College / Columbia University)

April 25, 2024, 12 noon (In-Person) at CASI

"Complete Political Independence: The Curious Genealogy of a Nationalist Indian Demand"

CASI / South Asia Center / Dept. of South Asia Studies / Dept. of History Seminar with Mrinalini Sinha (University of Michigan)

May 2, 2024, 12 noon (In-Person) at CASI

"Bazaar: Markets and the Making of the Muslim World"

CASI / Legal History Workshop / South Asia Center / Dept. of South Asia Studies Seminar with Fahad Ahmad Bishara (University of Virginia)

CASI 2023 Data Seminar Series Videos Available

View the full videos of all 12 seminars in the CASI 2023 Data Seminar Series—hosted by Rukmini S. (Independent Data Journalist; CASI Fall 2022 Visiting Fellow).

CASI 2024-25 Postdoctoral Research & Climate Fellowship Opportunities

CASI is currently reviewing applications for Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunities for 2024-25 and is no longer accepting new applications. Thanks to all who applied!

CASI 2022-23 Annual Report

CASI's 2022-23 Annual Report is available! View our highlights from the past year and learn about some of our plans for the coming year.

Campus Location

CASI's office is located close to the heart of Penn's campus at the Ronald O. Perelman Center for Political Science & Economics at 133 South 36th Street (Suite 230) Philadelphia, PA 19104-6215.

Please note: CASI is operating on a hybrid schedule.

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