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Cultivating Democracy in India

Thursday, April 14, 2022 | 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM (Pacific)

Online, via Zoom

This talk by Mukulika Banerjee will present an anthropological study of democracy in India. It will draw on deep ethnographic engagement with the people and social life in two villages in India over a period of 15 years, both during elections and in the time in between them, to show how these two temporalities connect. The ethnographic microscope on a single paddy growing setting allows us to examine how the various social institutions of kinship, economy, and religion are critical sites for the continual civic cultivation of cooperation, vigilance, redistribution, inviolate commitment, and hope—values that are essential for democracy.


Mukulika Banerjee HeadshotMukulika Banerjee was inaugural Director of the LSE South Asia Centre from 2015-2020 and is Associate Professor in Social Anthropology at the London School of Economics. She studied in Delhi and Oxford universities and taught at Oxford and UCL before joining LSE. Her books include Why India Votes? (2014), The Pathan Unarmed (2001) and The Sari (2003). She is also the editor of Muslim Portraits (2007). Her monograph Cultivating Democracy: Politics and Citizenship in Agrarian India was published by OUP (New York) in 2021.

At this time, in-person attendance is limited to Stanford affiliates only. We continue to welcome our greater community to join virtually via Zoom.