Conference Series #5 on the Farmers Laws and related issues on Zoom

“Poetics of Resistance in the Kisan Morcha”

The American Sikh Council (ASC) continues to organize a series of conferences on the newly enacted Farmers Laws in India and its future impact on farmers and the public.

The speaker for the fifth event in the series will be Dr. Virinder Singh Kalra, PhD, He is the head of the Sociology Department at the University of Warwick. His three main areas of research are; racism and ethnicity in relation to popular culture and policy; theoretical engagements with diaspora and postcolonialism; and popular culture in South Asia. He made significant and consistent impact in these arenas, influencing and shaping academic and public debate. The co-authored book ‘Diaspora and Hybridity’ is a critical intervention in debates in cultural studies in relation to conceptualizing two key ways of understanding identity and migration. This theoretical perspective has been most effectively utilized in pioneering work he carried out on British Asian musical cultures. This interest in the performative aspect of cultural identity is also central to his latest book looking at music and religion (Sacred and Secular Musics, Bloomsbury Press). In this text he engages a postcolonial analysis with the field of ethnomusicology, forwarding the role of the native musician as the interpreter and conveyor of religious texts. This inverts the normative accounts of musicians in South Asia which place them at the bottom of the social hierarchy and also of religious hierarchy in which texts are given a superordinate role. The wide range of his academic work is underpinned by an account of processes of resistance through the gambit of cultural and political organizing. Adopting a Gramscian framework that takes the imbrications of culture and politics as point of departure, the multiple sites that he has researched on, share a concern for people’s organizing in the context of social cleavages along the lines of race, gender, class, caste and nation.

Dr. Virinder Singh Kalra will be speaking at the conference on Saturday April 3, 2021, via the Zoom link at 2 PM, EST.  See below:

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.

When: Apr 3, 2021 02:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0vfuqrpjkuEtEeuuA086cyeXuPmgAYrhqA

Leave a Reply