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Delhi Book Panel from Stanford University Press' South Asia in Motion series

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Rotem Geva, author of Delhi Reborn: Partition and Nation Building in India's Capital, and Sanjeev Routray, author of The Right to Be Counted: The Urban Poor and the Politics of Resettlement in Delhi, will be in conversation with Ravinder Kaur, Associate Professor of Modern South Asian Studies at the University of Copenhagen. Both books above are published by Stanford University Press and are part of the South Asia in Motion series.


Rotem Geva is Lecturer in Asian Studies and History at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is an historian of South Asia concentrating on 20th-century India. Her research and teaching interests include colonialism, nationalism, territorial partitions and mass violence, and urban history. Her recent book is entitled Delhi Reborn: Partition and Nation Building in India’s Capital (Stanford University Press, 2022). It focuses on the history of Delhi during the years 1940-1955, exploring the city’s transformation under the pressures of the Second World War and the partition of India. Bridging studies of high politics with the ground-level experience of partition, it shows what the politics of the nation-state meant in everyday life.

Sanjeev Routray is Assistant Professor in the Institute of Asian Studies at Universiti Brunei Darussalam. He is a sociologist-anthropologist, critical urbanist, and migration specialist of South Asia and beyond. His areas of expertise include urban poverty, political and legal mobilizations, transregional migration, and caste and labor market negotiations. In his first book entitled The Right to be Counted: The Urban Poor and The Politics of Resettlement in Delhi (Stanford University Press, 2022), he examines how Delhi’s urban poor, in an effort to gain visibility from the local state, incrementally stake their claims to a house and life in the city. Contributing to debates about the contradictions of state governmentality and the citizenship projects of the poor in Delhi, this book explores social suffering, logistics, and the logic of political mobilizations that emanate from processes of displacement and resettlement.

Ravinder Kaur is a historian of contemporary India. She is Associate Professor of Modern South Asian Studies at the University of Copenhagen. Her core research focuses on the processes of capitalist transformations in twenty-first-century India, and her ethnographic focus is broadly on decolonization, state formation, and the making of modern citizenship. She is the author of Brand New Nation: Capitalist Dreams and Nationalist Designs in Twenty-First-Centuty India (2020) and Since 1947: Partition Narratives among the Punjabi Migrants of Delhi (2007, 2018).


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