Anupama Rao, “Social Abstraction, Historical Comparison: Thinking Caste, Race, and Gender in the Time Capital”
Anupama Rao is Associate Professor of History at Barnard College, Senior Editor of Comparative Studies in South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, and Acting Director of the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society at Columbia University. She has written widely on colonialism and humanitarianism, and on non-Western histories of gender and sexuality. Her book The Caste Question theorized caste subalternity, with specific focus on the role of anti-caste thought (and its thinkers) in producing alternative genealogies of political subject-formation. She is currently working on a book on the political thought of B. R. Ambedkar; and on a project titled “Dalit Bombay,” which explores the relationship of caste, political culture, and everyday life in colonial and postcolonial Bombay. Her most recent publication was the edited volume Gender, Caste, and the Imagination of Equality.
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