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Abhishek Kaicker Talk

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The Center for International History presents

A Hidden History: Popular Politics in 18th c. Delhi
Abhishek Kaicker (University of California Berkeley)
Thursday, Oct 31
Fayerweather Hall 411
Columbia University

A long-held preconception in the study of premodern South Asia has been that ordinary people were the passive objects of imperial sovereignty. By contrast, this talk will make the case that by the late seventeenth century, a distinct politics of the people in relation to kingship had become manifest in the cities of the Mughal empire, and particularly its capital Shahjahanabad. Such a popular politics, however, cannot come into view until we both rethink our conceptions of both sovereignty and politics before colonialism.

Abhishek Kaicker is an assistant professor of history at the University of California, Berkeley. He received his PhD from Columbia University in 2014. His first book, The King and the People: Sovereignty and Popular Politics in Mughal Delhi (Oxford University Press, NYC) will appear in print in March, 2020.

Samira Sheikh Talk

Samira Sheikh Talk published on

The Center for International History in collaboration with the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society presents:

Samira Sheikh: The Tyranny of the Dotted Line, or A Tale of Three Maps
Abstract: The eighteenth century saw a remarkable proliferation of mapping and surveying vocabularies in Gujarat. The A close look at three map artefacts reveals how Gujarat’s shifting political and legal regimes produced surprising tensions in what should have been corresponding shifts in cartographic conventions.
Location: Fayerweather Hall 411
Time: 5pm
Date: Thursday, September 19, 2019

Samira Sheikh is Associate Professor of History at Vanderbilt University. She is the author of Forging a Region: Sultans, Traders and Pilgrims in Gujarat, 1200-1500 (Oxford India, 2010)