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Day 1 International Conference: Minoritisation in South Asia

DateThursday 27 June 2024


LocationThe Hub, Kellogg College

International Conference

Minoritisation in South Asia: Religion, Caste, Gender

27 – 28 June, 9.00 am – 6.00 pm

Convener: Abraham Akhter Murad

Day 1: 

9:00 AM to 10:00 AM  – Registration

10:00 AM to 10:30 AM  – Welcome and opening remarks:

Abraham Murad and Faisal Devji (Professor of Indian History; Director of Asian Studies Centre, St Antony’s College, Oxford)

(Tea, coffee, and biscuits for attendees and speakers)


10:30 AM to 12:00 PM – Panel 1

Chair: Justin Jones (Pembroke College, Oxford)

Ruth Harris (All Soul’s College, Oxford) – Why would a Chitapavan Brahmin Convert to Christianity at the end of the 19th century?

Abraham Murad (Kellogg College, Oxford) – Imperial Transformation and Caste Marginalisation in Punjab

Soheb Niazi (Freie Universität, Berlin) – Minorities within a Minority? The politics of non-Ashrāf Muslim Peshewar birādarīs in colonial North India

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM – Lunch break


1:00 PM to 2:30 PM – Panel 2

Chair: TBD

Layli Uddin (Queen Mary, London) – ‘Great Muslim Invasion of Assam’: Anti-Migrant/Muslim Politics and its Resistance in Colonial Assam, c. 1920s-1947

Yaqoob Khan Bangash (Information Technology University, Lahore, Pakistan) – Minority vs Minority: Muslim majority and Hindu and Christian minorities in Pakistan post-independence

Madhurima Sen (Hertford College, Oxford) – Studying Campscapes: Writing/Righting Post-War Displacement of Minorities in Bangladesh


2:30 PM to 2:45 PM – Tea, coffee, and biscuits for attendees and speakers


2:45 PM to 4:15 PM – Panel 3

Chair: Faisal Devji (St Antony’s College, Oxford)

Ghazal Asif (Lahore University of Management Sciences, Lahore, Pakistan) – Caste, religion, and untimely numbers in Pakistan’s national census

Uday Chandra and Shikoh Zaidi (Georgetown University in Qatar) – Intersectionality at the Margins: Recasting Social Hierarchies in the Hindu Rashtra

Radhika Hettiarachchi (Collective for Historical Dialogues and Memory, Colombo, Sri Lanka) and Ipshita Basu (University of Westminster, London) – The shifting layers of minoritisation: Ethnic conflict, In-group exclusions and Relationality in Colombo’s Slave Island


4:15 PM to 4:30 PM Tea, coffee, and biscuits for attendees and speakers              


4:30 PM to 6:00 PM – Panel 4

Chair: Meera Sabaratnam (New College, Oxford)

S Akbar Zaidi (Institute of Business Administration Karachi, Pakistan) – Doing Arithmetic Differently — Minoritising Majority Elections in Pakistan

Thiruni Kelagama (Wolfson College, Oxford) – Spectacular Futures, Development Brokers, and Bankrupt Vistas in Post-war Sri Lanka

Madura Rasaratnam (City, University of London) – Nation-states and minorities: temporal and spatial perspectives


6:00 PM to 7:00 PM – Drinks Reception for attendees and speakers       

Open to: Members of Kellogg College, Oxford University members, the public,