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Conference: Maoism in Translation

South Asia is today the global epicenter of what to many would seem like an anachronism – a militant Maoism that faithfully reproduces Maoist doctrines and language, waging a “peoples war” against “feudalism, imperialism and the comprador classes”. India has a long history of Maoist insurgencies that date back to the 1950s and take their popular name Naxalites from the village in Bengal where an armed insurgency began in 1967. These militant movements, led by urban intellectuals, have in recent years always waged war on the state from the remote, mountainous hilly districts in the country that are mainly inhabited by indigenous groups, officially classified as ‘tribals’ living on communal lands now formally under state tutelage. This conference is organized by the Center for South Asia at Stanford in collaboration with the Program in Political Thought and Intellectual History at Cambridge University and with support from the International and Comparative Area Studies  (ICA) program at Stanford University. It aims to bring together scholars from across area specializations and disciplines at Stanford along with a range of invited speakers.

Thursday, October 31, 2013 | 9:00 am — 5:00 pm
Stanford Humanities Center

Center for South Asia
Division of International Comparative & Area Studies (ICA)