Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Upcoming Talk at U-Penn

I am mining some of my experiences at Sepia Mutiny in a talk for the Asian American Studies program at U-Penn this coming week. If any readers are in the area, it would be nice to see you.

Asian American Studies Program
University of Pennsylvania

Amardeep Singh

Identity Politics and Diasporic Pragmatism: Debating South Asia in Online Communities

Date: Thursday, September 18, 2009
Time: 4:30 - 5:30 pm
Place: Grad Ed Bldg 203

The concept of a pan-South Asian identity has been of only limited success as a regional marker within the Indian subcontinent, but it has emerged as a widely-used, if still controversial term in the South Asian diaspora. Conceptual debates over the term have occurred in academia, as part of ongoing debates about interdisciplinarity and "Area Studies," as we see in arguments by Vijay Prashad, Nicholas Dirks, and others. Versions of these debates have also been circulating outside of academia, in online South Asia-oriented forums such as Sulekha.com, and on the weblog Sepiamutiny.com. This talk explores the ways in which debates in these online environments parallel academic debates, and in some cases challenge social theorists to reconsider their approach to terminology surrounding ethnic identity, geopolitical regionalism, and transnational political affiliation.

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Blogger Zack S. said...

Don't know how formal the talk will be or this is too short of notice, but is there a chance the talk (and presumed ensuing discussion) could be recorded? For those of us nerds in the Midwest (and elsewhere) unable to attend. Either way, good luck and I hope there will at least be a recap or somethin' on the blog. I'm gonna pass it along to my Sri Lankan American friend at UPenn, though.

11:09 AM  
Blogger Amardeep said...

Zack, I don't know about recording it, but if you send me your email address I can send you a copy of the printed version of it.

11:12 AM  
Blogger Savraj said...

The date says 2009...

12:26 PM  
Blogger Danny said...

Amardeep, can I send you my email too? I am in Ann Arbor, and cant travel to Philly

7:07 PM  
Anonymous Bob Sandhu said...

will the talk be posted on your site at a later date?


9:50 PM  
Anonymous Anasuya Sengupta said...

Let me add my voice to the chorus: would you be able to email me a copy of the talk and/or will you post it on your blog any time soon? It's already been a couple of months (unless it really _is_ for 2009!)...

Given all the chatter elsewhere, you know I'm interested. :-)

11:37 PM  
Anonymous Ikram said...

Could you post the text of this "talk" (lecture?) on your site? It sounds really interesting.

2:02 PM  

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