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Inaugural Lecture: Sujata Patel

Time Wednesday 7 April, 2021 at 10:15 - 12:00
Place Zoom

Colonialism and Its Knowledges

Umeå University and the Swedish Research Council have the pleasure to invite you to the inaugural lecture by the holder of the 2021 Kerstin Hesselgren visiting professorship, Sujata Patel, Distinguished Professor of Sociology, Savitribai Phule Pune University, India.

The event will be introduced by the Swedish Research Council’s Secretary General Stefan Svallfors and Umeå University’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor Dieter Müller.

The inaugural lecture, entitled ’Colonialism and Its Knowledges’, addresses the ways in which the postcolonial, the decolonial and indigenous theories have contributed to the current sociological imagination. These differing conceptual frameworks have not only decentered contemporary western perspectives on modernity and social theory but reframed many of its key concepts such as class, race, caste, gender and nation; politics and identity; religiosities and ethnicities; culture(s) and languages. As a consequence, these viewpoints have also promoted the need for diverse approaches to the study of global modernities and affirmed the necessity of comprehending these in distinct scales and varied geographies.

Sujata Patel is Distinguished Professor of Sociology, Savitribai Phule Pune University, India, former Vice-President of the International Sociological Association (ISA), and author or editor of a dozen of books in the areas of social theory, urban studies, sociology of power and authority, and the sociology of social movements.

As Kerstin Hesselgren visiting professor, Sujata Patel will be hosted by the Department of Sociology, Umeå University, and co-hosted by the Division of Migration, Ethnicity and Society (REMESO), Linköping University, Umeå Centre for Gender Studies (UCGS), Umeå University, the Swedish South Asian Studies Network (SASNET), Lund University, and the Department of Sociology, Uppsala University.

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