ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

India China Institute

Dalits in Global Context: Rethinking Gender and Religion

Fith Internatinal Conference on the Unfinished Legacy of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar


October 24-26, 2019


India China Institute
at The New School, New York City
in collaboration with:


Brandeis University
Barnard College, Columbia University University of Massachusetts, Amherst
The Indian Institute of Dalit Studies, India SAMATA Foundation, Nepal
Ambedkar International Mission, USA


Following in the vein of the International Conferences on the Unfinished Legacy of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar',  this conference is based around Dalit issues of critical impor- tance today. It aims primarily to critically explore the politics of equal dignity and equal rights for Dalits in a global context, especially around contentious questions of gender and religion, which have been sources of solidarity as well as discrimination. The second aim of the conference is to strengthen conversations between emerging scholars and reflective  practitioners, to analyze caste-based  exclusion, discrimina- tion and violence in South Asia and beyond. This carries on the work of past years' conferences, which were likewise committed to bridging the gap between academic and activist discourse and practice.

This conference will take place at The New School from October 24th to 26th as the University  celebrates  its centennial in 2019, and reflects  on its early days. While studying  at Columbia  University,  Dr. Ambedkar was a student of one of The New School's co-founders, Professor John Dewey, and was greatly influenced by him.

We welcome submissions that address issues or questions related to the themes of religion, caste,  gender, global engagement  and social justice  in or comparative  to Dalit equal dignity and equal rights.  We encourage  young voices, especially from South Asia, to participate.

The  deadline  for  abstract  submissions  is  June  lOth,  2Ol9.  See  the full Call For Papers for further details on our website (

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