Prathama Banerjee next Dean’s Global Forum speaker

August 31, 2022
Prathama Banerjee, writer, historian, and professor at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, will be the speaker at Northwestern Qatar’s Dean’s Global Forum. She will also contribute to the Institute for Advanced Study in the Global South’s (#IAS_NUQ) inaugural conference.
 
“Professor Banerjee is a formidable thinker and scholar whose work and scholarly contributions provide the global scholarly community with a deeper look into the relationship between philosophical ideas and political practices, through her work in the context of India and the Global South,” said Marwan M. Kraidy, dean and CEO of Northwestern Qatar. “I am elated that a scholar of this stature is joining us in person on our campus and I look forward to our conversation with her about knowledge production, intellectual trajectories, and the Global South.”
 
A distinguished historian and political theorist, Banerjee received her PhD from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, where she researched how ideas of modernity in contemporary Bengal have been shaped by its colonial past. In the years since she has examined historically produced traditions of political thinking in the Global South.
 
Currently, a historian at the Centre for Study of Developing Societies in Delhi, India, Banerjee’s work explores ways of thinking across time from within the discipline of history. She engaged in a study of the career of political ideas and concepts in South Asia as they emerge at the intersection of philosophy, religion, history, and literature, as well as across the ancient, medieval, and modern periods.   
 
As an author, she has written numerous books on the histories and political ideologies of the Global South and cultures in the Indian subcontinent. Her latest, Elementary Aspects of the Political: Histories from the Global South, examines how modern conceptions of political subjectivity, action, ideology, and community come to be fashioned in India between the late 19th and mid-20th centuries.
“Professor Banerjee is a formidable thinker and scholar whose work and scholarly contributions provide the global scholarly community with a deeper look into the relationship between philosophical ideas and political practices, through her work in the context of India and the Global South”
- Marwan M. Kraidy, dean and CEO of Northwestern Qatar
An earlier book Politics of Time: 'Primitives' and History-writing in a Colonial Society looks at the histories of the political in colonial and post-colonial Bengal and India. In it, she examined the legacies of colonialism in Bengal and how it shaped notions of modernity and primitiveness within sections of the colonized population through various colonial modern technologies.
 
Banerjee will also participate in the inaugural #IAS_NUQ conference, “What is the Global South? Histories, Epistemologies, and Solidarities,” on Sept 8 as a panelist on the Histories of the Global South panel.
 
The Dean’s Global Forum is open to the public and will also be live-streamed. The event will take place on Wednesday, September 7, 2022, at 5:30 p.m. in Northwestern Qatar’s Events Hall.
 
Watch the live streaming of the Dean’s Global Forum here. For more information about the #IAS_NUQ inaugural conference What is the Global South? Histories, Epistemologies, and Solidarities, click here.