Lecture on Are Universities in India Racist?: Systemic Racism in the Higher Education Systems in India

Organizer: Department of English, Cotton University

About the Session

  • When: Friday, 29 October, 2021, 6 PM IST
  • Free Registration
  • Platform: Zoom

Lecture By Dr. Sayan Dey: Post-doctoral Fellow, University of Witwatersrand

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About the Topic

Usually, discourses on racism in India are silenced as non-textual and irrelevant. Amongst many reason, one of
the major reasons for this collective reluctance to accept the habitual practice of racism in India is what scholars
like W.E.B. Dubois, Lewis R. Gordon, Sabelo J. Nldovu-Gatsheni, Olivia U. Rutazibwa, and many others argue
as a failure to understand the transition of racism from the ‘color line’ to the ‘epistemic line.’ A majority of
discourses on racism in India continue to revolve around the matrix of black/white dichotomy. Such a restricted
perception of racism systemically, epistemically and institutionally hides the ‘other’ aspects of racism like
communal racism, geographical racism, anatomical racism, culinary racism, pedagogical racism, curricular
racism, etc. With respect to these arguments, the lecture will unpack how the educational institutions in India
racialize, marginalize, and dehumanize the social, cultural and intellectual voices of selective communities. The
speaker will support his arguments with respect to the ethnographical narratives that the he has collected from
his colleagues while being a student at Banaras Hindu University (2008-2018), Varanasi

Sayan Dey grew up in Kolkata, West Bengal and is currently working as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Wits Centre for Diversity Studies, University of Witwatersrand. He is also the Head of Gender Equality Mandate, Center for
Regional Research and Sustainability Studies, India. His areas of research interests are postcolonial studies, decolonial studies, race studies, food humanities and critical diversity literacy.

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