India and the Afro-Asian space as part of the Cold War history of the Global South

16 June 2022
16:00 - 17:30
Microsoft teams

On Thursday the 16th of June, Swapna Kona Nayudu and Lily Patcharival will be our guests for June’s panel. They will be discussing their projects on India and the Afro-Asian space as part of the Cold War history of the Global South, and the Indian-Thailand relations in the context of the Bandung Conference.

The panel is scheduled to have an approximately half hour long presentation and will be followed by an hour long window for lively discussion amongst the panel.

Everyone is welcome to the meeting! There is no registration required.

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Hereby is a small excerpt by Dr. Nayudu by way of introducing her work:

We Were Once Colonized
Nehru, India & Afro-Asianism at the United Nations
This essay is a study of the intellectual moorings of India’s participation in Afro-Asian collectiveness at the United Nations in the 1940s and the 1950s. The essay provides a pre-history of that time, discussing Indian UN diplomacy as rooted in the anticolonial political thought of Tagore, Gandhi and Nehru. The essay argues that histories of the intellectual motivations and normative commitments of state-led Afro-Asian collectiveness at the UN are rarely written. In the case of India, this essay will argue that in the early years, the approach to Afro-Asianism was fashioned from a larger perspective on independent India’s internationalism. As this internationalism did not stem from a strong theoretical foundation, in its later phases, the larger Afro-Asianist vision was compromised in favor of a more limited and comfortable Asianism. Through a discussion of the limitations of constructing a durable Afro-Asianist politics, this essay will try to locate the difficulties that India faced in maneuvering UN diplomacy with its own decolonial politics. The essay will end by discussing ways in which histories of this unraveling may be written, primarily making a case for rejecting the state/non-state binary.

*More information will be updated shortly regarding this event*.


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