Reimagining citizenship in South Asia: An online conference

Date: September 24, 2021


The Reimagining Citizenship project, based at the University of York, and supported by funding from the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council, together with the South Asia Specialist Group of the Political Studies Association is co-convening an online conference on “Reimagining citizenship in South Asia”.

Please register for the conference at the following link:


South Asia today bears witness to profound contestations over ideas and practices associated with citizenship. Notions of rights, presence and membership in the political community are being interrogated. As the 1.5 billion people of the region negotiate their states, societies and territories in a quest for better lives, they imbue citizenship with meanings that extend far beyond its original conception as a status bestowed by governments upon populations. This conference invites reflections on contemporary imaginations of citizenship in this geopolitically explosive, economically precarious and ecologically fragile region.

Four panels constitute the conference: 

A. Panel on Domination

B. Panel on Belonging

C. Panel on Territory

D. Panel on Borders


The keynote will be delivered by:

Faisal Devji

University of Oxford UK

1971: The end of the postcolonial state

1:30- 2:00 pm BST


Confirmed speakers include:

  • Abeeda Qureshi, Forman Christian College University, Lahore, Pakistan
  • Angshuman Choudhury, Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies, New Delhi, India
  • Antara Datta, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK
  • Bidisha Biswas, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA; and Senior Fellow, Center for Global Cooperation Research, Duisburg, Germany
  • Deepak Thapa, Social Science Baha, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Devanjan Khuntia, Sharda University, India
  • Dipti Tamang, Darjeeling Government College, India
  • Dyuti A, University of Sussex, UK
  • Noel Mariam George, IIT Madras, India
  • Rajesh Venugopal, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
  • Ramesh Ramasamy, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
  • SANGAY TAMANG, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, India
  • Sheetal Dinkar Asha Kamble, Tata Institute of Social Sciences Mumbai, India
  • Shreya Uttara Kushal, University of Oxford, UK
  • Stuti Bhatnagar, University of New South Wales, Australia
  • Zahid Shahab Ahmed, Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalization, Deakin University, Australia
  • Zobaida Nasreen, Associate Professor Department of Anthropology University of Dhaka, Bangladesh


Conference Call: Reimagining Citizenship in South Asia