Department of IR | Monsoon Lecture Series |Decolonisation & Its Discontent: Naga- Claim Making and Indian State- Making 1944-66 | Dr Lydia Walker | AC02 LT 110 | 1:30 – 2:40 PM
November 12, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 2:40 pm
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The Department of International Relations invites you to its eleventh event of the Monsoon Seminar Series 2019 on 12th November 2019. Dr Lydia Walker is delivering a guest session on “Decolonisation & Its Discontent: Naga- Claim Making and Indian State- Making 1944-66″.
Abstract: After the Second World War, countries across the colonial world achieved independence from European and Japanese imperial rule. Empire had built a quilt of enclaves and entrepôts, excluded areas and autonomous regions, diaspora populations and exclusive jurisdictions. How did these peoples and aspirational polities claim forms of recognition when new postcolonial state governments worked to subsume them in their state-making projects? Through the example of Nagas in India’s Northeast, this lecture considers the relationship between minority political claimant and new postcolonial state government as determinative rather than marginal to the process of global decolonisation.
Speaker’s Bio: Dr Lydia Walker is a Past & Present Fellow at the Institute of Historical Research, School of Advanced Study, University of London. She is a historian and researcher of decolonisation and the Cold War, with a regional specialisation in South Asia. Her work focuses on post-1945 political transformation, the role of non-state actors in international relations, religiously infused nationalisms and activisms, as well as definitions of national sovereignty. Her recent scholarship has been published in The Indian Economic and Social History Review, Past & Present, and The Washington Post. She holds a BA (Columba University), MA and PhD (Harvard University) in History.