Southern Asia Seminar: Launch of Shailaja Paik’s new book The Vulgarity of Caste: Dalits, Sexuality, and Humanity

January 5, 2022-5pm

Foster Hall 103

Shailaja Paik

Taft Distinguished Professor of History and Affiliate in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, University of Cincinnati

Shailaja Paik’s first book Dalit Women’s Education in Modern India: Double Discrimination (Routledge, 2014) examines the nexus between caste, class, gender, and state pedagogical practices among Dalit (“Untouchable”) women in urban India. Her second book The Vulgarity of Caste: Dalits, Sexuality, and Humanity (Stanford University Press, 2022) focuses on the politics of caste, class, gender, sexuality, and popular culture in modern Maharashtra. She is currently an ACLS Burkhardt fellow at the National Humanities Center working on her monograph “Becoming ‘Vulgar’: Caste Domination and Normative Sexuality in Modern India” and co-editing a book on Dr. B.R. Ambedkar (Cambridge University Press, Forthcoming) and “Caste and Race in South Asia and Beyond” (Routledge). Her research is funded by the American Council of Learned Societies, the Stanford Humanities Center, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Institute of Indian Studies, Yale University, Emory University, the Ford Foundation, and the Charles Phelps Taft Research Center, among others. Paik has published several articles on a variety of themes, including the politics of naming, Dalit and African American women, Dalit women’s education, and new Dalit womanhood in colonial India in prestigious international journals. Her scholarship and research interests are concerned with contributing to and furthering the dialogue in human rights, anti-colonial struggles, transnational women’s history, women-of-color feminisms, and particularly on gendering caste, and subaltern history. Paik also co-organized the “Fifth International Conference on the Unfinished Legacy of Dr. Ambedkar” at the New School of Social Research in October 2019 and directs the Ambedkar-King Justice Initiative at the University of Cincinnati. During the launch of her book, she will give an overview of the book, which will be followed by three responses and an open Q/A session.