Director, the Centre for South Asian Studies, National Museum of Ethnology.
Overseas Visiting Fellows, National Museum of Ethnology/
Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University
16:00～ Tea Break
Director, the Center for South Asian Studies, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies
What are the pasts and futures of the Public University in India? This question has come to the fore over the last year, when a series of events at some of India's leading public universities and institutions brought a new focus on the achievements and problems associated with these spaces of higher education. Questions of what the goals and futures of higher education are, and whether the public university as it exists is appropriate to these goals, have been raised. Some of these developments reflect worldwide trends, but several of the features of Indian University are unique. The public university in India, for instance, has been increasingly seen as a site of provocation, not always of the productive kind. The technological, social and intellectual challenges that we face today are daunting. Any insightful assessment of the public university in India today must take account of its histories, its achievements, and its possible futures. That alone will go a long way towards asserting its continued and vital relevance in a society such as ours.
【About the Speaker】
Janaki Nair teaches Modern History at the Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi. Her work has largely focused on the region of Mysore/Karnataka, in the colonial and post-colonial periods. Her research interests include labour and legal history, urban history, feminism and women's history, as well as studies of visual culture. Her books include Mysore Modern: Rethinking the Region under Princely Rule (2011); The Promise of the Metropolis: Bangalore's Twentieth Century (2005); Miners and Millhands: Work Culture and Politics in Princely Mysore (1998). She has also coedited Theorising the Present: Essays for Partha Chatterjee and A Question of Silence: Sexual Economies of India. In addition, she has made a documentary film, After the Gold (1997), and curated exhibitions, including Beladide Noda, Bengaluru Nagara! (2000) and Dissensus: Indian Testimonies (2014). She studied in Bangalore University, JNU and Syracuse University. Before joining the faculty of JNU, she was at the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Kolkata; the Madras Institute of Development Studies, Chennai; and the Institute for Social and Economic Change and Centre for the Study of Culture and Society, Bengaluru. She regularly writes for publications such as The Hindu and Economic & Political Weekly on current events and issues.
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