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Shruti Kapila & Faisal Devji: An Academic Discussion

Map the world in the time of cabot
April 18, 2019 - 4:30pm to 7:00pm
Encina Hall West, Room 219

Open to Stanford faculty and students only. RSVP required.

Professors Faisal Devji (University of Oxford) and Shruti Kapila (University of Cambridge) will make brief presentations about their ongoing work and discuss broader issues of imperialisms in conversation with Professor Thomas Blom Hansen (Stanford University) and scholars of South Asian Studies. 

  • Shruti Kapila (University of Cambridge), “A People's War: Fratricidal Fraternity and the Civil War of 1947” (abstract)
  • Faisal Devji (University of Oxford), "Intimacy and Interest in Indian Political Thought" (abstract)

This discussion is organized by the Stanford Center for South Asia as part of its 2019 Graduate Student Workshop on Imperialisms, and is co-sponsored by Department of History and Department of Anthropology. It is open to Stanford faculty and students only. RSVP is requested at this linkPlease address all inquiries to workshop organizers  Anubha Anushree ( and Mejgan Massoumi ( 

Shruti Kapila researches and teaches modern Indian history and global political thought at the Faculty of History and is Fellow and Director of Studies at Corpus Christi College at the University of Cambridge. Widely published, she is author and editor of An Intellectual History for India (Cambridge University Press, 2010) and co-editor of Political Thought in Action: Bhagavad Gita and Modern India (Cambridge University Press, 2013). Her book, Violent Fraternity: Global Political Thought in the Indian Age, will be published by Princeton University Press later this year. Professor Kapila writes frequently for national and international media.

Faisal Devji is Professor of Indian History at St. Anthony's College, University of Oxford. He is interested in Indian political thought, modern Islam, and ethics and violence in a globalized world. He has held faculty positions at the New School in New York, Yale University, and University of Chicago, from where he also received his PhD in History. Devji was Junior Fellow at the Society of Fellows at Harvard University, and Head of Graduate Studies at the Institute of Ismaili Studies in London, from where he directed post-graduate courses in the Near East and Central Asia. He is the author of Muslim Zion: Pakistan as a Political Idea (Harvard University Press, 2013), The Impossible Indian: Gandhi and the Temptation of Violence (Harvard University Press, 2012), The Terrorist in Search of Humanity: Militant Islam and Global Politics (Hurst, 2009), and Landscapes of the Jihad: Militancy, Morality, Modernity (Cornell University Press, 2005). He is a Fellow at New York University’s Institute of Public Knowledge and Yves Otramane Chair at the Graduate Institute in Geneva.

Thomas Blom Hansen is the Reliance-Dhirubhai Ambani Professor in South Asian Studies, Professor in Anthropology, and Chair of the Department of Anthropology at Stanford University. His work focuses on anthropology of the state, sovereignty, violence, and urban life in the context of nationalism, democracy, and socio-religious conflict. He is the author of The Saffron Wave: Democracy and Hindu Nationalism in Modern India (Princeton Unviersity Press, 1999), Wages of Violence: Naming and Identity in Postcolonial Bombay (Princeton University Press, 2001), Melancholia of Freedom: Anxiety, Race and Everyday Life in a South African Township (Princeton University Press, 2012).  He is currently working on a collection of theoretical and ethnographic essays provisionally entitled Public Passions and Modern Convictions.

Image credit: “The World in the Time of Cabot”(Decorative map by MacDonald Gill from The Pageant of Empire. Souvenir Volume: An Anthology of British Empireby E. V. Lucas. London: Fleetway Press, 1924.  British Empire Exhibition, 1924, 1925 (Wembley); Retrived at this link from Cornell Library's digital collection on Persuasive Maps: PJ Mode Collection.)

Event Sponsor: 
Center for South Asia, Department of History, Department of Anthropology
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