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CfP: Dalits in Global Context: Rethinking Gender & Religion

May 10 2019

India China Institute and the New School solicit papers for the 5th International Conference on the Unfinished Legacy of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar. Titled "Dalits in Global Context: Rethinking Gender & Religion", the conference will take place on October 24-26, 2019 at the New School. Papers are expected to address the themes of religion, caste, gender, global engagement and social justice in or comparative to Dalit equal dignity and equal rights. Possible paper topic include but are not limited to:

  • How can we rethink and reimagine established and emerging debates concerning these issues on methodologies, research, policies, and trans-boundary collaborations?
  • How have the hierarchies of gender and sexuality affected and been transformed by Dalit women and men?
  • What are the personal and political actions that Dalit women and men have taken to negotiate with patriarchy, both inside and outside the Dalit community?
  • How do we engage with Dalit women’s lives at the intersections of gender, caste, class, and religion?
  • How have Dalits used practice and faith to claim dignity and build solidarity? How have they expressed their experiences and aspirations in literary, visual and other art forms to resist injustice and inhumanity?
  •  In what ways have Dalit women (and men) carved out a new transnational political space to imagine a brighter future? How are digital spaces being mobilized toward increased dignity?
  • How can we analyze the intersections of caste and religion beyond Hinduism, for example in Islam, Christianity, Buddhism or Sikhism?

Please sumbit an abstract of no more than 200 words, a 2-page CV, and a brief bio (300 words max.) by June 10th, 2019 to For the full call for papers and further conference information, please visit the conference website.