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Indian Diaspora in Africa: New Questions, New Directions

Friday, September 27, 2013, 9:00am

Distinguished Alumni Room, IMU

INDIAN DIASPORA IN AFRICA: NEW QUESTIONS, NEW DIRECTIONS

September 27, 2013
Distinguished Alumni Room, Indiana Memorial Union

9:00 – 10:45 am
PANEL 1:

James Brennan (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), ‘Knowledge Brokering across the Indian Ocean: South Asian journalists, teachers, spies and speculators in 20th-century East Africa’
Margret Frenz (University of Oxford), ‘Memory and Nostalgia: East Africans Remember Home’

10:45 – 11.00 am
Coffee

11.00 – 12.30 pm
PANEL 2:

Uma Dhupelia-Mesthrie (University of the Western Cape), ‘Being Indian at the Tip of Africa: Indianness in Cape Town over Three Centuries’
Nafisa Sheik (University of Johannesburg), ‘Recalcitrant Custom: Marriage and the Making of “Indianness” in Southeast Africa’

12:30 – 1:30 pm
Lunch [Tudor Room, IMU]

1:30 – 3:00 pm
PANEL 3

Dan Ojwang (University of the Witwatersrand), ‘Queering Diaspora: Sexuality and Language in Recent East African Indian Writing’
Gaurav Desai (Tulane University), ‘”Ye Zindagi Usiki Hai”: Illicit Desire and (Post) Colonial Romance in M.G. Vassanji’s The Book of Secrets’

3:00 – 5:00 pm
PANEL 4

Antoinette Burton (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), ‘Notes on the Political Unconscious of British Post/Colonial Histories’
Jon Soske (McGill University), ‘Writing Histories of Race and Violence in 20th Century Natal: The 1949 “Durban Riots”’
Sana Aiyar (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), ‘Kenya’s South Asian Diaspora: Anticolonial Transnationalism and National Imaginations’

5.30 – 7:00pm
KEYNOTE: M.G. Vassanji, ‘Not Just Right? Being African Indian’ [Dogwood Room, IMU]

Support kindly provided by the Center for the Study of History and Memory; College Arts & Humanities Institute; Dhar India Studies Program; and Department of History