Strangers, neighbors and political order in the South Asian city – University of Copenhagen

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Strangers, neighbors and political order in the South Asian city

Thomas Blom Hansen, Stanford University

Date: 17th Sep 2012
Time: 15:30-16:30
Venue: Leifsgade 33, 3rd floor

Thomas Blom Hansen is the Reliance-Dhirubhai Ambani Professor in South Asian Studies and Professor in Anthropology. He is the author of The Saffron Wave. Democracy and Hindu Nationalism in Modern India (1999) which explores the larger phenomenon of Hindu nationalism in the light of the dynamics of India’s democratic experience, and Wages of Violence: Naming and Identity in Postcolonial Bombay (2001) which explores the historical processes and contemporary conflicts that led to the rise of violent socioreligious conflict and the renaming of the city in 1995. His most recent work is Melancholia of Freedom: Anxiety, Race and Everyday Life in a South African Township (2012) based on his fieldwork in a formerly Indian township in Durban, South Africa. He is currently Guest Professor at the Centre of Global South Asian Studies as part of the research programme 'Nation in Motion: Globalisation, Governance and Development in New India'.