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SAVAGE ATTACK: ADIVASI INSURGENCY IN INDIA
30 June - 1 July 2008, Royal Asiatic Society, 14 Stephenson Way, London

Monday 30th June 2008
10.00 - 10.30: Registration - Tea and Coffee

10.30 - 12.30: The Insurrectionary Savage: Representational Politics
10.30 - 11.00: Discussant - Edward Simpson (SOAS)
11.00 - 11.30: Paper givers respond
Crispin Bates (University of Edinburgh)
Tribal Insurrections in India: the 1857 Rebellion, its wider context and historiography
Archana Prasad (Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi).
Assessing the revolutionary potential of 'adivasi' revolt: The political economy of resistance in Eastern India
Raphael Rousseleau (L'Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Science Sociales, Paris)
From 'political ritual' to 'savage theology': The colonial discourse on the Konds' religion in Southern Orissa
11.30 - 12.30 - Open Discussion of Papers

12.30 -2.00: Lunch

2.00 - 4.00: Civilising the Savage: Religion and Politics
2.00 - 2.30: Discussant - Alpa Shah (Goldsmiths)
2.30 - 3.00: Paper givers respond
Peggy Froerer (Brunel University)
From 'primitive' to 'proper': adivasi resistance to the contemporary 'civilizing mission' in Chhattisgarh, India
Biswamoy Pati (Venkateshwara College, Delhi University)
Religion and 'subversion': Re-examining colonial Orissa
Sangeeta Dasgupta (Centre for Historical Studies, JNU)
Locating Adivasi movements in colonial India: The Oraons and the Tana Bhagats in Chhotanagpur, 1914-1919
3.00 - 4.00 Open Discussion

4.00-4.30: Break - Tea and Coffee

4.30 - 6.30: Attack Under Question: Rethinking Resistance
4.30 - 5.00: Discussant - Crispin Bates (University of Edinburgh)
5.00 - 5.30: Paper Givers Respond
Alpa Shah (Goldsmiths, University of London)
Alcoholics Anonymous: the Maoist Movement in Jharkhand, India
Vishwajit Pandya (Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology)
Events, incident and accidents: Re-thinking indigenous resistance in the Andaman Islands
Amit Desai (London School of Economics)
Religious experience and Adivasi politics in central India
5.30-6.30 Open Discussion

7.00: Dinner

Tuesday 1st July 2008

9.30 - 11.00: Containing Attack: Colonial State Control
9.30 - 9.50: Discussant - Sanghamitra Mishra (Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi).
9.50 - 10.10: Paper Givers Respond
Gunnel Cederlof (Uppsala University)
Demarcating 'natural boundaries': EIC negotiations with 'loyal allies' over Khasi, Jaintia and Cachar territories in the 1820s
Atlury Murali (University of Hyderabad)
Tribal 'life-world' and the British state: A study into the construction of causation as colonial legitimation
10.10 - 10.45 - Open Discussion

10.45- 11.00: Tea and Coffee

11.00 - 1.00: Savage Tensions: Globalisation, Development and Identity Politics
11.30 - 12.00: Discussant: Amit Desai (London School of Economics)
12.00 - 12.30: Paper Givers Respond
Christian StrŸempell (Max-Planck-Institute for Social Anthropology, Hale, Germany)
Ethnicity and class in a public sector steel town: 'India', 'Orissa' and 'Jharkhand' in Rourkela
Luisa Steur (Central European University, Budapest)
What's the point of saying they exploit us? : The rise of indigenism and the ambiguity of socialist legacies in Kerala
Vinita Damodaran (University of Sussex)
Globalisation and tribal histories in Eastern India
12.30 - 1.00 - Open Discussion

1.00 - 2.30 - Lunch

2.30 - 4.30: Savage Attack Reconsidered
Rapporteur of Workshop: Amita Baviskar (Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi)
Followed by Open Discussion

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