India’s Battle with the Past

Anindya Sekhar Purakayastha is new visiting professor at PRIF

Anindya Sekhar Purakayastha

Anindya Sekhar Purakayastha. Foto: © Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften, Photographer: Stefanie Wetzel.

Since August 25, 2023, Anindya Sekhar Pura­kayastha, Professor of Literary Studies in the Department of English at Kazi Nazrul University and Institute of Language Studies and Research (ILSR), Kolkata is a Visiting Professor at PRIF as well as a Fellow of the Leibniz Research Network “Value of the Past”. During his one-month stay until September 25, 2023, he will conduct research on political violence in India on his Leibniz Fellowship project “Fraternal Enmity: Violence as Popular So­vereignty and India’s Battle with the Past”.

In his project, Anindya Sekhar Pura­kayastha investigates the meaning of legi­timations of political violence, for example in the sense of a normative popular will or as a legitimate mani­festation of popular sovereignty. In doing so, he draws on a close reading of recent acts of political violence in India. The scope of this project comes within the domain of historical conflicts animated by cultures of rememb­rance and related to the colonial past as well as de­colonization.

Anindya Sekhar Purakayastha is one of the founding members of the Post­colonial Studies Association of the Global South (PSAGS), co-editor of the journal Kairos: A Journal of Critical Sympo­sium and author and editor of numerous articles, monographs and edited volumes. He recently published the volume “Violence in South Asia: Contem­porary Per­spectives” (Routledge, 2019) on the topic of violence in South Asia.