Decolonization at 60: A Workshop at Boston University (March 18, 2020)

The Boston University Pardee School of Global Studies invites you to

Decolonization at 60:
A Workshop at Boston University

121 Bay State Rd, Boston MA 02215
Wednesday, 18 March 2020, 9:15am – 6:15 PM

Organizer: Jayita Sarkar, Assistant Professor, BU Pardee School of Global Studies

Co-sponsors: BU’s Center for the Study of Asia, African Studies, Latin American Studies, and Institute for Culture, Religion and World Affairs


9:15 – 9:30 AM: WELCOME
Jayita Sarkar (Boston University, Pardee School of Global Studies)

9:30 – 11:00 AM: PANEL #1: Connected Partitions

Chair: Ben Siegel (Boston University, Dept. of History)
Discussant: Sana Aiyer (MIT) 

  • Sakura Christmas (Bowdoin College) “Unnatural Borders: Imperial Japan and the Partition of Inner Mongolia” 
  • Jayita Sarkar (Boston University) “Frontiers to Battlefields to Borderlands: Connected Partitions in the Rohingya Question, 1942-1952” 
  • Pankhuree Dube (Dartmouth College) “Geographies of Migration: Refugees vs. Nomads in the Dandakaranya Project, 1947-1978” 

11:00- 12:30 PM: PANEL #2: Religion & Borderlands
Chair: Michelle Louro (Salem State University)
Discussant: Willem Van Schendel (University of Amsterdam) 

  • Lydia Walker (Institute of Historical Research, London) “Postcolonial Imperialism: Negotiating between Church, State, and Nation in Nagaland”
  • Kalyani Ramnath (Harvard University) “Checkpoints in South Asia’s Other Partitions”
  • Amna Qayyum (Princeton University) “The Ghosts of Comilla: Contraception, Islamic Thought, and State-making in East Pakistan”

***Lunch Break ***

1:30 – 3:00 PM: PANEL #3: Global Decolonization
Chair: Jayita Sarkar (Boston University, Pardee School)
Discussant: Brooke Blower (Boston University, Dept. of History) 

  • Carolien Stolte (Leiden University) “Feminist Readings of Decolonization Conferences” 
  • Jessica Samuel (Boston University) “Economic and Epistemological Violence: 21st-century American Colonialism in the U.S. Virgin Islands” 
  • Michelle Getchell (US Naval War College) “Two, Three, Many Vietnams: Che Guevara’s Tricontinental Revolutionary Vision” 
  • Beatrice Wayne (Harvard University) “How to Hide an Ethiopian Empire: The Eritrean Sovereignty Movement in the Moment of Decolonization” 

*** Tea/Coffee Break***

3:15-4:30 PM: ROUNDTABLE Zomia, Deltas and Islands: Critical Political Geography in Decolonization
Moderator: Carolien Stolte (Leiden University) 

Islands: Julian Go (Boston University, Dept. of Sociology) 
Deltas: Debjani Bhattacharyya (Drexel University, Dept. of History and Dept. of Global Studies & Modern Languages)
Zomia— TBA 

5:00 – 6:15 PM: PUBLIC KEYNOTE Prof. Willem van Schendel (Professor of Modern Asian Studies, University of Amsterdam)   Location TBA, open to public.