The South Asia Research Institute at ANU announces its biennial conference that brings together scholars, policymakers and cultural practitioners to take stock of recent developments. As India moves towards national elections, the India Update assesses key dynamics that are shaping the country and its neighbours. One question that has emerged with renewed force in India and elsewhere is the position of minority and subaltern groups. In increasingly populist global climates, what happens to the political status, cultural identities, and legal rights of such constituents in a democracy? What can we learn from India, and South Asia more broadly, about the ongoing negotiation and contention between majoritarian and minority positions?
The Update will further examine India today in light of pressing issues surrounding rapid urbanisation, gender relations, climate change, crises in public goods, and international relations. Showcasing new research in these fields, the Update will take stock of India in the world today. The keynote address for the 2018 India Update will be delivered by Professor G.N. Devy, founder director of the Bhasha Research and Publication Center, India.
Convenors: Shameem Black (Collge of Asia and the Pacific) and Chaitanya Sambrani (Collge of Arts and Social Sciences).