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26 Mar
60 Washington Square South, Room 802
Mar 26, 2020 | 4:00 PM-8:30 PM


Speaking for the Nation: Ethno-Nationalism, Sectarianism, and the Politics of Diaspora

Often driven by militarism and neo-imperial ambitions, the hardening of ethno-nationalism and sectarianism across much of Asia and the Middle East has transformed diasporic political and cultural formations. Increasingly, we see ethno-nationalist and sectarian logics determining who gets to speak on behalf of postcolonial national communities, fraught with inequality, military occupations, and geopolitical tensions throughout the region. This symposium addresses the transnational dimensions of contemporary postcolonial nationalisms and racialized majoritarianisms to consider the possibilities for diasporic dissent and coalitional solidarities.

This event was curated by Paula Chakravartty and Crystal Parikh and is presented by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU and co-sponsored by the Gallatin Human Rights Initiative, Asian/Pacific/American Studies Program in the NYU Department of Social & Cultural Analysis, South Asia at NYU, and Rebecca E. Karl (NYU History Department) through funds provided by the Provost’s Office.

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Photo credit: “National demonstration for Kashmir at the Indian High Commission, London 10th August 2019” by Steve Eason is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0.jpg