Empire, Nation, Federation: South Asia’s Freedom in Global Perspective (Part 1)


Friday, October 7, 2022 (All day) to Sunday, October 9, 2022 (All day)


See posting


Jointly sponsored by the Weatherhead Center and Asia Center of Harvard University and the Center of South Asian and Indian Ocean Studies, Tufts University, and the concert by Zeb Bangash on October 8, 2022, at 6.30 pm supported by Presidents Bacow and Monaco.

Part 1: October 7-9, 2022, Part 2: April 7-9, 2023

Friday, October 7, 2022, ASEAN Auditorium, Cabot Building, Tufts University

4 pm: Welcome and Introduction by Ayesha Jalal

4.30 pm – 6.30 pm: Session 1 Freedom and Development
Chair: Amartya Sen

“Reconstituting the East Pakistan Economy, or the Partitions of Labor and Capital” by Tariq Omar Ali
“Whose Freedom? Whose Development? Integration and Exclusion in the Indian Economic Growth Trajectory” by Jayati Ghosh
Discussant: Sugata Bose

7.30 pm: Conference Dinner for Invited Participants hosted by Tufts University

Saturday, October 8, 2022, Belfer Case Study Room, CGIS South 020, Harvard University

9.30 Breakfast and Coffee

10 am: Welcome and Introduction by Sugata Bose

10.30 am-12.30 pm: Session 2 Post-Colonial Inheritances of Race and Empire
Chair: Sugata Bose

“Racial Segregations and the Origins of Dyarchy” by Aniket De
“Night Terrors When All Cows Are Black: Nomos, Imperial Liberalism, and Neo-Fascism in South Asia” by Kris Manjapr
Discussant: Sana Aiyar

12.30 pm-2 pm Lunch

2 pm – 3.30 pm: Session 3 Despairs and Hopes of Democracy
Chair: Ayesha Jalal

The Failure of Federation: The Cases of Jammu & Kashmir and the Northeast” by Chitralekha Zutshi
Discussant: Neeti Nair

6.30 pm Concert by Zeb Bangash jointly supported by President Lawrence S. Bacow of Harvard University and Professor Anthony P. Monaco of Tufts University in the Distler Performance Hall of the Granoff Music Center in the Aidekman Arts Center, Tufts University.

Tickets $ 5 at https://tuftstickets.universitytickets.com/w/ . Proceeds for Pakistan flood relief.

8.30 pm Conference Dinner for Invited Participants hosted by Harvard University

Sunday, October 9, 2022, Cabot Building 7th Floor, Tufts University

10.30 am-12 noon: Session 4 Rethinking Partition and its Aftermath
Chair: Kris Manjapra

“India and Pakistan Leagues of America, 1937-1959: Nation, Region, and Race in the Post-Colonial Era” by Neilesh Bos
“Region versus Center: The Story of Pakistan’s Identity” by Yaqoob Khan Bangash
Discussant: Aniket De

12 noon – 1. 30 pm Lunch for Invited Participants

2 pm – 3.30 pm A Roundtable on “Centralized State Power and Regional Resistance: The Post-Colonial Predicament” chaired by Sugata Bose and Ayesha Jalal