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Caste: Critiquing Colonial and Contemporary Constructions (with paper presentation from Marianne Keppens of Research Centre Vergelijkende Cultuurwetenschap)

This is a one-day conference on the issue of caste. It takes place in the context of the caste discrimination legislation now on the statute book in the UK via the Equality Act 2010. The conference is hosted by Oshwal Association of the UK and co-organized by GLOCUL: The Centre for Culture and Law at Queen Mary University of London, the British Hindu Voice and the British Sikh Consultative Forum. It brings together academics and community leaders. It is hoped that a constructive discussion can allow the matter to be taken forward to government and other relevant policy making bodies. The conference will examine historical and contemporary dimensions of the caste issue and discuss Indian and Western understandings of caste.

Registration is free but necessary (see link below).

Programme

All paper titles are provisional and subject to confirmation.
– 10.00 Chai
– 10.30 Welcome – Raaxeet Shah, President, Oshwal Association of UK
– 10.45 Panel 1: Caste under Colonialism
Professor Chris Fuller, London School of Economics – Caste in Colonial Anthropology
Professor Martin Farek, University of Pardubice, Czech Republic – Caste or qualification? Vaisnava discussions about brahmanas in colonial India
Marianne Keppens, University of Ghent, Belgium – The Mysterious Ways of the Aryans: Caste and the Aryan Invasion Theory
Discussion
– 13.00 Lunch
– 14.00 Panel 2: Contemporary Approaches to Caste
Dr Dunkin Jalki, University of Pardubice, Czech Republic – Towards Refuting Degenerate Theories of the Caste System
Dr Prakash Shah, Queen Mary University of London – The Caste Provision of the Equality Act 2010 and Implications for the Indian Community in the UK
Discussion
– 15.30 Chai break
– 16.00 Roundtable Discussion: Findings and Strategy
Mukesh Naker, British Hindu Voice
Dr Jasdev Singh Rai, British Sikh Consultative Forum
Professor Chris Fuller, London School of Economics
Professor Martin Farek, University of Pardubice
Marianne Keppens, University of Ghent
Dr Dunkin Jalki, University of Pardubice
Dr Prakash Shah, Queen Mary University of London
– 17.00 Closing remarks – Raaxeet Shah, OAUK