About the Soli Sorabjee Lectures in South Asian Studies

This lecture series engages with themes of justice — broadly defined to include the interrogation of human rights, historical narratives, literary and political representations, gender and social justice, citizenship and democracy, and cross-border connections between the nations of South Asia.

Our goal is to expose students at Brandeis (and the larger public) to the scholarship being conducted in the multidisciplinary fields of South Asian Studies, both in the United States and in South Asia itself, as well as to the vast range of South Asian intellectual and artistic traditions. The series is sponsored by the South Asian Studies Program. It was named after the honorable Soli J. Sorabjee, former attorney general of India and a friend of Brandeis University.

Spring 2020 Event

2020 Soli Sorabjee Lecture: Sangeeta Ray
Sangeeta Ray: "Ecology of Intimacies: An Ethics, Aesthetics and Politics of Reading Postcolonial Environmental Fiction"

March 18, 2020

12-1:30 p.m.
Shiffman 209

Sangeeta Ray is professor of English and Comparative Literature. She teaches anglophone postcolonial and world literature, US minority literature and environmental literature. She is currently interested in postcolonial reading practices and the relationship between aesthetics, ethics and politics in literature from South Asia, Africa and the Caribbean. She has published two books, Engendering India: Woman and Nation in Colonial and Postcolonial Narratives (Duke UP 2000) and Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak: In other Words (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009). She has coedited the Companion To Postcolonial Studies (Blackwell, 2000) and is the Genreal Editor of the 3 volume Encyclopedia of Postcolonial Studies (Wiley-Blackwell, 2016). Her book, Form Fitted is forthcoming.

Past Events

Parmesh shahani

April 11, 2019

Parmesh Shahani, founder of Godrej India Culture Lab and author of Gay Bombay

  • Other Worlds Are Possible: Re-imagining new Indias through "cultural acupuncture"

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Amita Baviskar event poster