Appel à communications / colloque : « Struggles for autonomy: Caste, gender, indigenous, territorial, and religious movements in South Asia », Annual Conference of the South Asia Anthropologists Group (SAAG) at St John’s College, Oxford on 5-6 September 2018 – LIMITE : 30/04/2018

South Asia Anthropologists Group (SAAG) annual conference

5-6 September 2018

St John’s College, University of Oxford

Call for papers

Struggles for autonomy:
Caste, gender, indigenous, territorial, and religious movements in South Asia

Deadline for proposals: 30 April 2018

We would like to invite the SAAG participants this year to explore the concept of autonomy as an ideal pursued by various movements throughout South Asia, whether they are based on caste, gender, indigeneity, territory, or religion. Subaltern groups such as Dalits, Adivasis, women, oppressed nationalities or religious groups have all expressed a will to reclaim their destinies from the control of dominant groups or the State. While building solidarities and alliances across social hierarchies, genders and ethnicities might be important for their success, these struggles have also tried to remain autonomous by making their own voices heard, rather than those of more powerful activists speaking in their name. Autonomy is thus both an end and a way of achieving this end. By emancipating themselves from external agents claiming to represent them, marginalized groups seek to avoid the appropriation of their movements.

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