Nivedita Menon, “Secularism as Misdirection: Critical Thought from the Global South”

Nivedita Menon

Please join us on November 15 at 5:00pm for a talk by Nivedita Menon, Professor at Centre for Comparative Politics and Political Theory at Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi. Professor Menon will be joined in conversation by Poulomi Saha, co-director of the Program in Critical Theory at UC Berkeley.

This event is presented by the Program in Critical Theory in collaboration with the Office of the Dean of the UC Berkeley Division of Social Sciences and the Institute for South Asia Studies. Co-sponsors (in addition to Social Science Matrix) include the UC Berkeley Department of English, the Louise Travers Department of Political Science, the Center on Contemporary India, the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies, and the Center for Race and Gender.

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About the Speaker

Book CoverNivedita Menon, Professor at Centre for Comparative Politics and Political Theory, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi, is the author of Seeing like a Feminist (2012). Her new book, Secularism as Misdirection: Critical Thought from the Global South, is forthcoming in 2023 (Permanent Black) and 2024 (Duke University Press). Apart from research papers in Indian and international journals, her previous books are Recovering Subversion: Feminist Politics Beyond the Law (2004); and (co-written) Power and Contestation: India after 1989 (2007/2nd Edition 2014). She also has two edited volumes Gender and Politics in India (1999) and Sexualities (2007); and a co-edited book Critical Studies in Politics. Exploring Sites, Selves, Power (2014).

Menon is a regular commentator on contemporary issues on the collective blog (of which she is one of the founders), and active in democratic politics in India. She also has translated fiction and non-fiction from Hindi and Malayalam into English, and from Malayalam into Hindi, and received the AK Ramanujan Award for translation instituted by Katha.

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