Religion as a Cultural Resource in the Making of Asian Modernities

‘Religion as a Cultural Resource in the Making of Asian Modernities’
ICES Auditorium, No 2 Kynsey Terrace, Colombo 8
Thursday 3rd January, 2013 at
Arjun Appadurai is currently Goddard Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University. Arjun Appadurai served as Senior Advisor for Global Initiatives at ‘The New School’ in New York City, where he also holds a Distinguished Professorship as the John Dewey Professor in the Social Sciences. Arjun Appadurai was the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at The New School and was formerly William K. Lanman Jr. Professor of International Studies, Professor of Anthropology, and Director of the Center for Cities and Globalization at Yale University. Appadurai is the founder and now the President of PUKAR (Partners for Urban Knowledge Action and Research), a non-profit organization based in and oriented to the city of Mumbai. Professor Appadurai was born and educated in Bombay. He graduated from St. Xavier’s High School and earned his Intermediate Arts degree from Elphinstone College before going to the United States. He earned his B.A. from Brandeis University in 1970, and his M.A. (1973) and Ph.D. (1976) from the University of Chicago. During his academic career, he has held professorial chairs at Yale University, the University of Chicago, and the University of Pennsylvania. His publications include Fear of Small Numbers: An Essay on the Geography of Anger (2006, Duke University Press) and Modernity at Large: Cultural Dimensions of Globalization, (1996, University of Minnesota Press; 1997, Oxford University Press, Delhi). His current research has three foci: ethnic violence in the context of globalization, with a special focus on ethnic relations in Mumbai in the late 1980′s and 1990′s; a longer term collaborative project on the cultural dimensions of social crisis in Mumbai, focusing on housing, poverty, media and violence; a comparative ethnographic project on grass-roots globalization, intended to illuminate emergent transnational organizational forms and new practices of sovereignty.