Politics of Dignity and Equity: Rethinking Caste Globally

Schools of Public Engagement: International Affairs

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Graduate Course

Degree Students

Politics of Dignity and Equity

Spring 2023

Taught By: Faculty TBA

Section: A

CRN: 8576

Credits: 3

To engage with complex questions on increasing indignities, injustices, and inequities, we need critical interrogation of the idea and practices of “Caste” in and beyond South Asia. Caste is not only important for understanding the dehumanization of over 240 millions Dalits (also referred to as “untouchables”), it is also crucial for rethinking systemic inequities experienced by millions of African Americans and Adivasi-Janajati (Indian and Nepali indigenous people). For instance, we shall examine Isabel Wilkerson’s argument that Caste is important for understanding racism in America. What does she mean by “Caste is bones, race the skin,” and the ways in which race and caste questions can be better engaged with? The multi-disciplinary seminar course will interrogate epistemology of caste and its invisible and visible structures of systemic iniquities. The course will draw on theoretical debates and select narratives of Dalits, Blacks, and Adivasi-Janajati for understanding the idea and practice of pure (superior) and impure (inferior) people. By examining intersectionality of caste, race, gender, and class, the importance of dignity in sustainable development will be foregrounded. The course will draw on the work of, among others, Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, W.E.B. Du Bois, Gunnar Myrdal, Nancy Fraser, Shailaja Paik, Sharmila Rege, Uma Chakravarti, Sukhdeo Thorat, Anupama Rao, Sarita Pariyar, Kalyani K., and Isabel Wilkerson. Select scholars on caste-questions will be joining seminar discussions as resource people.Forthcoming.

This course is part of the Governance & Rights concentration in the Julien J. Studley Graduate Programs in International Affairs.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: International Affairs (NINT)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 15

Add/Drop Deadline: N/A
Online Withdrawal Deadline: N/A

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 5:04pm 7/2/2022 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday

Times: 8:00pm - 9:50pm

Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th

Room: 501

Date Range: 1/23/2023 - 5/15/2023