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Conversations on South Asia: Vernacular English

In this event, we will explore Akshya Saxena's journey through 3 centuries of English in India, challenging norms & revealing its impact on postcolonial democracies and resistance.

Thursday, February 15, 2024
12:15pm – 1:30pm
Virtual Webinar
Intended Audience(s): Public
Categories: Arts and Sciences, Conferences, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Lectures & Seminars
Registration required.

Announcing the third book event on South Asia-related topics held by Dartmouth College

Conversations on South Asia Series  

Akshya Saxena, “Reading the Anglophone in Postcolonial India: Vernacular English”, Feb. 15th, 12:15 PM - 1:30 PM (EST). 
You are cordially invited to a zoom book event featuring author Akshya Saxena.  The book serves as a comparative study of three centuries of English literature and media in India. It tells the story of English in India as a tale not of imperial coercion, but of a people's language in a postcolonial democracy. Focusing on experiences of hearing, touching, remembering, speaking, and seeing English, Akshya Saxena delves into a previously unexplored body of texts from English and Hindi literature, law, film, visual art, and public protests.

📚Book Spotlight: “Reading the Anglophone in Postcolonial India: Vernacular English” by Akshya Saxena
📅Date: February 15th, 2024
⏰Time: 12:15 PM-1:30 PM EST
📍Virtual Zoom 
💻Register Here: https://forms.gle/grzc5SWh5V93HfzTA

Don't miss this opportunity to delve into the transformative influence of English as a language in India—serving both as a tool for state control and a powerful means for protest. Join us for a compelling discussion with the author, Akshya Saxena, exploring the political significance of English in the contemporary world. Discover how Reading the Anglophone challenges established notions, offering a fresh perspective on the language's role in shaping postcolonial democracies and its utilization by marginalized groups to contest state power.The book will be discussed by distinguished commentators Rashmi Sadana and Michael Allan. 



Akshya Saxena, Assistant Professor of English, Vanderbilt University

Rashmi Sadana, Associate Professor of Anthropology, George Mason University
Michael Allan, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature, University of Oregon

Preeti Singh, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Dartmouth College

Sponsored by the Department of Asian Societies, Cultures and Languages (ASCL) and the Bodas Family Endowment for South Asian Studies at Dartmouth College. 
QR code (leads to registration form) on the poster.  

For more information, contact:
South Asian Studies

Events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.