【FINDAS】研究会”Dalit Studies Today”

【日 時】2014年6月3日(火) 18:00~20:00


【場 所】
東京大学 駒場キャンパス18号館 4階コラボレーション・ルーム1


Ramnarayan RAWAT (University of Delaware)

“Parallel Public and Dalit Genealogies of Indian Democracy”


Drawing from the activities of the Adi-Hindu Mahasabha and Swami Achutanand's writings in the early twentieth century, this paper analyzes Dalit organizations that played a crucial role in constituting two important forms of democratic practice. It first traces the emergence of the innovative practice of counter-demonstrations, in which Dalit groups actively contested Congress agendas and outlined their own agendas. And second, it examines the Adi-Hindu Mahasabha's use of printed publications to frame and articulate a political critique of power.


Shahana BHATTACHARYA (Kirori Mal College, University of Delhi)

“Labour as Caste or Caste as Labour?: Tannery workers’organisations Madras and Calcutta c. 1930-1970”


This paper poses once again the old questions about the inter-relationship of labouring and caste identities as these emerged historically. Located at the cusp of ‘labour’ and ‘dalit’ studies, it urges an integrated approach to build an understanding of these intimately intermeshed structures and identities. It argues these points from a closer historical study of the politics of caste and labour in the leather tanning industry from about the early 20th century till the early 1960s. It examines specifically how caste, class and labour process informed and moulded each other in the making of the earliest unions of the tannery workers in two important leather producing areas – Madras, comprising several linked clusters across the province, and the concentrated cluster in Calcutta.