Kaustubh Naik to present at the 18th Intl Conference on Maharashtra, UT Austin, USA

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Kaustubh Naik will present his paper titled “Setting the stage: Aitihasik Natak and the Maharashtrawadi politics in 20th century Goa” at the 18th International Conference on Maharashtra to be held at the South Asia Institute, UT Austin, USA.


The theme for this year’s conference is Communication and Community in historic and Contemporary Maharashtra.

In the panel on Marathi theatre, Kaustubh will share his research on the history of Marathi theatre in 20th century Goa and its role in the Goan political sphere, especially in mobilising support for the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party in the sixties.



In 20th century Portuguese Goa, the Hindu bahujan samaj, a conglomeration of marginalised caste communities, claimed Maratha identity, based on the social aspects of Shivaji’s polity and the concept of a warrior heritage. This paper traces the popularity of the historical plays based on Shivaji, performed by village collectives in temple spaces during annual fairs and ritual ceremonies throughout the 20th century. Specifically, I examine their role in consolidating communitarian identities and shaping regional consciousness by analyzing the tremendous electoral success of the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Paksh, a regional political party that, in post-colonial Goa, sought to merge Goa with Maharashtra.

“Fé, Império, e Nação” and “How (Not) To Talk About India”

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Details of two presentation by Jason Keith Fernandes.
On the 5th of  November Fernandes presented a lecture titled “Fé, Império, e Nação” at the Núcleo de Estudos da Religião at the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul in Porto Alegre, Brazil.


On the 7th of November Fernandes conducted a workshop titled “How (Not) To Talk About India” at the Fórum Internacional de Cultura, Literatura e Linguística Aplicada – FICLLA 201, organised by the Programa de Pós-graduação em Letras of the Universidade Federal do Paraná and held at Curitiba, Brazil.

Kaumudi – a Marathi play directed by Kaustubh Naik opens on 8th January 2018.

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Kaumudi, a Marathi play translated and directed by Kausutbh Naik will premiere at Kala Academy on 8th January 2018. Hauns Sangeet Natya Mandal, Goa’s oldest theatre company, has produced the play.

The play is originally written in Hindi by noted contemporary playwright and director Abhishek Majumdar. Kaumudi explores the dynamics between an estranged father-son duo who play Eklavya’s ghost and Abhimanyu respectively. Through this, the play puts forth debates around caste-based injustices through Eklavya’s interpretation of Mahabharata, the passing over of knowledge from one generation to another, and the ethics of art practice. The play is inspired by two texts: Anand’s Malayalam Novel Vyasam Vigneswaram and Jorge Luis Borges’ essay Blindness.

Jason Keith Fernandes will participate in the debate on Nationality and Portuguese Law

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Jason Keith Fernandes will participate in the debate “Deve Ser Português Quem Nasce em Portugal? A Reforma da Lei da Nacionalidade.” held on 28 November 2017, within the ambit of the Conference “Migration, Citizenship, Human Rights” organized by the Faculty of Law, Universidade Nova de Lisboa.


In his contribution to the panel that debates the change to the nationality laws in Portugal, Fernandes will suggest that a reference to the concept of empire could help us more than we realize in present times.


For the programme of the event, see here.

R. Benedito Ferrão to participate in “Story as Salve: Arab America Writes its own Healing”

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R. Benedito Ferrão is part of the “Story as Salve: Arab America Writes its Own Healing” workshop at MOVE 2017 (DIWAN 7). Held at the Arab American National Museum on Saturday, 18 November, 2017, the workshop will “create a space in which participants come together to learn creative ways in which to articulate and negotiate the traumatic.”


More information here: http://www.diwanart.org/schedule/

Kaustubh Naik will present “To Merge Or Not To Merge’ – that and other questions”

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Kaustubh Naik will make a presentation titled ‘‘To merge or not to merge’ – that and other questions’ at the weekly Research Scholars colloquium at the Delhi School of Economics, New Delhi.

Time: Friday 27th October 2017 at 11 am

Venue: Ground Floor Classroom, Dept of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics.



Regions can be understood not merely as geographical terrains contained in arbitrary boundaries but also as modern imagined communities. In a multitude of such imaginations, it is rather imperative that one underscores the locus of these imaginations, especially to assess which imaginations get consolidated and sustained and which imaginations are written off in the due course of history. The discursive production of post-colonial Indian national identity has often written off the many attachments to culture, history, ethnicity and sovereignty that did not materialize in its current federal arrangement. In this presentation, Kaustubh will share some of his early reflections on the study of the political movement that aimed to territorially merge the former Portuguese territory of Goa with the newly formed Indian state of Maharashtra and invite us to think about the conditions influencing the regional political imaginations in the post-colonial Indian nation state, as well as the centrality of caste to these imaginations.


R. Benedito Ferrão will present “Twenty-Five Years after Dominic D’souza: Of (De)Coloniality and (Un)Queer Reclamations”

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R. Benedito Ferrão will present “Twenty-Five Years after Dominic D’souza: Of (De)Coloniality and (Un)Queer Reclamations” at the UW-Madison Annual Conference on South Asia’s Feminist Pre-Conference: Gender, Sexuality, and Occupation, on 26 October, 2017.

On this, the twenty-fifth anniversary of Dominic D’souza’s death, and in light of the global shift away from AIDS-activism and towards marriage equality as the defining factor of current gay identity, this presentation will consider how the reclamation of D’souza as a Goan figure may renew the possibility of decolonial queer activism in South Asia.

More information here: http://southasiaconference.wisc.edu/559.htm