ECSAS 2023 – Turin 26-29 July

Gender, politics and resistance in transitional societies: a case study of postwar Sri Lanka

Women’s participation in public or private protests (also sometimes referred to as ‘overt’ or ‘covert’ forms of resistance) has often been linked to livelihood concerns, such as access to state benefits, agricultural land and affordable food, or clean drinking water. But in postwar contexts, their contributions to and shaping of political movements tackling structural injustice […]

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Climate change adaptation and gender responsive inclusion: A Bundelkhand water-based community study

 Climate change produces global water insecurity, which has gender-related repercussions, but there is insufficient study on how women’s autonomy and participation in adaption strategies influence local outcomes. Cognizant of the gap, the study examined the JAL SAHELI (friend of water) initiative in the Jalaun district of Uttar Pradesh (India) in order to determine how gender […]

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Radio’s ‘global’ listening publics in India during the Cold War

 This paper conceptualizes the making of ‘listening publics’ by foreign broadcasting radio stations during the Cold War in India. It focuses on the competitive acoustic registers utilized by radio stations to sketch how ‘bloc’ politics was played out in 1960s-80s, when radio’s presence was ubiquitous. Stations like Radio Berlin International (GDR), Deutsche Welle (FRG), BBC […]

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Narasimha Rao government and the Mandal-Mandir issue (1991-1996) (tentative title)

 In the first half of the 1990s India found itself at a crossroads: severe economic crisis; high level of political violence; threats to the integrity of the nation; the international context thoroughly changed.  Nevertheless, by 1996 India had achieved significant economic  liberalisation, new improved relations, and separatist threats had been defused. All these critical achievements […]

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Attrition and Maintenance of the South Asian Languages in the Indian Diaspora

 Previous research in the field of diasporic language attrition and maintenance have suggested that home languages are replaced by host-land languages. They have also shown that home languages survive with phrases and vocabulary related to mainly food, kinship terms, and religious and social rituals and ceremonies. However, most of these studies focused on what has […]

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THE MINORITIES WITHIN MINORITIES: A POLITICAL STUDY OF THE PASMANDA COMMUNITIES IN INDIA

 Contemporary Indian politics is witnessing a change, where the Modi government has started an outreach to the Muslims not as a monolithic community but recognising the socio- economic hierarchy existent in the Indian Muslims. The Modi government also claims of a large number of Pasmanda (backward Muslims, who constitute a majority of Muslims in India) […]

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Muslim entrepreneurship cultures of food within urban Ahmedabad, Gujarat

 Ahmedabad, the largest city in Gujarat and one of the rapidly urbanising cities in India is showcased as illustrative of the Gujarat model of development which is seen to favour Hindutva politics (Spodek 2002). While spatial segregation and communal polarisation are intrinsic to urbanisation of Ahmedabad, academic scholarship on Ahmedabad (Jeffrelot (2016), Bobbio (2012) et. […]

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