Workshop on Global Social Theory in Delhi
This workshop is addressing current debates regarding the dominance of Northern thought in social theory. The role of modern European Empire and European modernity, as well as the structure of current knowledge systems in marginalising theory from the South has been discussed in this connection. Although the liveliest debate on these issues has been coming out of the discipline of sociology, scholars from other parts of the social sciences have also contributed.
While the critique of social theory's northern bias has been immensely useful, this workshop is organized with an aim to discuss the next step of the effort. The overall theme to which all contributions will relate is: What could a move towards active engagement with Southern theory – without shedding the contributions of Northern theory – actually imply for social movements, to academic disciplines, and to applied research on both the North and South?
The workshop format is unconventional in the sense that there will be no open call for papers; instead ten scholars active within the field have been invited to submit previously unpublished papers.The workshop proceedings are organised as a series of conversations between the invitees, running over two days. Each contribution will be assigned a discussant, which means that the participant will on one occasion present his/hers own work and on another occasion engage the work of a colleague. Each conversation has been allotted one hour, and will be video recorded, edited and webcasted with a short delay. We are also planning an edited volume on the back of the workshop. Others with an interest in the theme are welcome to participate in the open discussion following each conversation, or to follow the web cast.
During the third day of the workshop, they organisers have arranged for two separate panels to take place at Jawaharlal Nehru University and the Observer Research Foundation, respectively.
The workshop is organized by Henrik Chetan Aspengren, with logistical assistance by the Nordic Centre in India (Umeå and Delhi). The workshop is funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond and LNU Centre for Concurrences in Colonial and Postcolonial Studies. The funding is administred by NCI Umeå.