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Lecture: 'Life and Politics of Caste in the Post Mandal Moment'

Event Details

November 3, 2016
12:00 pm-2:00 pm

Campus Center

Room: Hadley Room

UMass Amherst Campus

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Free admission
Nyuudia Araevan

Rajeshwari Deshpande, professor of politics at Savitribai Phule Pune University in India, speaks on "Inequalities, Hierarchies and Texts of Power: Life and Politics of Caste in the Post 'Mandal' Moment."

Deshpande was the ICCR visiting professor at the University of Technology, Sydney in 2014 and UKIERI visiting fellow at King’s India Institute, London in 2012.

Her research interests are in areas such as politics of the urban poor, urban caste-class realities, women’s politics, comparative state politics and intellectual traditions of Maharashtra.

Deshpande has been a member of the Lokniti network of Indian political scientists that conducts the National Election Studies in India and has worked on the nature of women’s vote in Indian elections using the NES data. She is a member of the editorial management team of the Lokniti/Sage journal Studies in Indian Politics where she also coordinates a discussion forum on "Teaching and Learning Political Science in India."

Lunch will be provided. Register at

The event is presented by the Obama-Singh Initiative project in the Department of Educational Policy, Research and Administration.



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