New Book: Against the Nation Thinking Like South Asians

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New Book: Against the Nation Thinking Like South Asians
« on: March 11, 2020, 12:08:25 PM »
My respected teachers and colleagues working in South Asian University published an important book: "Against the Nation: Thinking Like South Asians"

About Against the Nation
Against the Nation invites readers to explore South Asia as a place and as an idea with a sense of reflection and nuance rather than submitting to the conventional understanding of the region merely in geopolitical terms. The authors take the readers across a vast terrain of prospects like visual culture, music, film, knowledge systems and classrooms, myth and history as well as forms of politics that offer possibilities for reading South Asia as a collective enterprise that has historical precedents as well as untapped ideological potential for the future.

Table of contents
Preface and Acknowledgements
Beginnings: Against the Nation and Thinking Like South Asians
I. 'Official' Imaginings of South Asia and Its Contradictions
1. SAARC Setbacks and Thinking beyond the Boundaries of Its Nation-States
2. Seeing Like South Asians: Moving beyond Narrow National Frames
3. The Idea of South Asia: Beyond the Intellectual Dependence on the Statist Perspective
4. Anxieties of SAARC: An Experiential Reading through South Asian University
5. South Asia: Between Dream and Actuality
II. 'Unofficial' Reimagining of South Asia
6. Beyond History, against the Present: Preliminary Thoughts on Reimagining 'South Asia'
7. An Emotive-Intellectual Inclination to another South Asia!
8. Localising South Asia, Theoretically
9. 'South Asia' as an Idea and a Problem of Modernity
III. Towards a South Asian Knowledge System
10. In Defence of 'Area Studies' in South Asia
11. Reclaiming Social Sciences and Humanities: Notes from South Asia
12. Anthropological South Asia: Thinking through Utopias Amidst Intellectual Hegemonies
13. Universities, Classrooms and Intellectuals: The Struggle to Create a South Asian Knowledge System
14. Buddhist Categories, Contemporary World and Sociology: Incomplete Thoughts towards Possibilities of Social Theory and Modes of Thinking in South Asia
15. Bringing the Thinking of Jiddu Krishnamurti into Politics
16. Thinking of Myth and Folklore in the Twenty-first Century
IV. South Asia in Popular Politics
17. Online South Asia and Its Mediated Politics
18. A Melodramatic South Asia: Perusing a Performative-scape
19. In the Frame of the Popular Cinema Despite the Hegemony of Hindi
20. The Sound of Silence: Of the Shrinking Public Sphere in South Asia
21. Reformulating South Asia: Artists' Travels and Possibilities of a New Cartography
22. The Cultural Politics of Hatred in South Asia
About the Authors

“Perera, Pathak and Kumar have rescued the idea of South Asia from its statist straitjacket and infused it with new and rich cultural meaning...” –  Sugata Bose, Gardiner Professor of History, Harvard University,

“­This volume represents the first serious attempt to move beyond an artificial and policy-driven definition of South Asia… ­The authors have lent it a strategic and historical weight that points toward a new kind of future for its peoples.” –  Faisal Devji, Professor of Indian History, University of Oxford,

“Weaving together myth, folklore, art and politics, this volume views the region from the perspective of an experiment in transnational cooperation-the South Asian University…” –  Roma Chatterji, Professor of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi,

“­This volume is an unconventional and bold attempt at revisiting and reimagining South Asia in all its diverse perspectives. ­The attempt is timely and refreshing. It will intellectually stimulate and empower the readers at the same time.” –  S.D. Muni, Professor Emeritus, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, and Former Ambassador and Special Envoy, Government of India,

“­This book will interest both proponents and sceptics of South Asia, not only in understanding or inversely nullifying the viability of South Asianness in the future but also in flagging its strength and weaknesses in the past…” –  Imtiaz Ahmed, Professor of International Relations and Director, Centre for Genocide Studies, University of Dhaka,
Md. Niamot Ali
Department of Development Studies
Daffodil International University, Dhaka, Bangladesh
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