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CAS SEE Seminars with Guests: Avishek Ray

Avishek Ray teaches at the National Institute of Technology Silchar (India). He is the author of The Vagabond in the South Asian Imagination: Representation, Agency & Resilience (Routledge, 2021) and co-editor of Nation, Nationalism and the Public Sphere: Religious Politics in India (SAGE, 2020). His research appears in South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies, Contemporary South Asia, Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, Multicultural Education Review, Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies, Transfers: Interdisciplinary Journal of Mobility Studies, Tourism, Culture & Communication, among others; and he has held research fellowships at the University of Edinburgh (UK), Purdue University Library (USA), Centre for Advanced Study, Sofia (Bulgaria), Mahidol University (Thailand) and Pavia University (Italy). In 2021, he was awarded Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Fellowship.

Reexamining Genealogical Fantasies about the Indian Origin of Romani People

On Thursday, April 28th at 10 am (CET), we hosted the CAS SEE Seminar with Avishek Ray, presented by Marko-Luka Zubčić and Sanja Bojanić.

Romani people have been framed as a problem in Europe since the 18th century. Ethnographers and linguists identified origins and characteristics, while demographers have often sought to ostracize them. Meanwhile, a large number of scholars traced their origins to India. On the other hand, India has reappropriated the original claim and started to embrace the Roma community as one of their ‘own.’ 

This talk focuses on the epistemic and political implications of ascribing an ‘Indian origin’ to the Roma. How do scholars and
savants seek to understand Roma populations regarding their purported Indian origin and what it entails epistemologically?

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UNIRI The Moise Palace: Cres Island

An education center of the University of Rijeka is five-hundred-year-old patrician townhouse and the largest Renaissance palace on the Croatian islands. A venue and forum for various scientific and research activities, it welcomes visiting academics, students

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