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About the workshop

The workshop is part of a research programme ‘Nation in Motion’ (2010-2014) funded by the Danish Council of Independent Research (FSE). It is first in a series of four international workshops.

This interdisciplinary research program concerns the nature, effects and fragilities of India’s imminent global ‘rise’. Through three integrated studies on recent development interventions and new governing practices, we explore different processes of globalization that are shaping ‘new’ India within and how India itself is being projected outside as a global power. The program will generate fresh empirical data from two locations in urban Delhi and rural West Bengal in order to map out the historical and contemporary patterns of inequality emerging in the making of global India, and the ways in which they are leveled, projected and even subverted on a global scale. Theoretically we wish to break fresh ground in the interface of globalization and nation-state by showing how the ‘global’ nation is manufactured in specific locations, and how a new species of relations conjugate the nation and the state in a global context.

The programme is funded by the Danish Social Sciences Research Council for the period 2010-2014.

The programme is led by Associate Professor Ravinder Kaur.

Nation in Motion International Network:

  • Thomas Blom Hansen, Stanford University
  • Nandini Sundar, University of Delhi
  • Christophe Jaffrelot, CERI, Sciences-Po
  • David Ludden, New York University
  • Jørgen Dige Pedersen, Århus University
  • Nandini Gooptu, Oxford University
  • Dilip Menon, University of Witswaterand
  • Ravinder Kaur, University og Copenhagen