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Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies pres.

Dismantling Caseism & Racism: Symposium

Continuing the Unfinished Legacy of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar

Poster Poster
The Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies (A/PIA) Program & the Ambedkar Association of North America have co-organized a symposium at the University of Michigan to address the theme “Dismantling Casteism and Racism.” The symposium will examine the contemporary and historical intersections between anti-racist and anti-caste struggles in South Asia and the U.S. (Room TBD)

Light lunch will be provided. Please RSVP here:


Professor Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd is an award-winning scholar, political theorist, and one of the most prominent anti-caste activists and intellectuals in India. He is currently the director of the Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy at Maulana Azad National Urdu University. Prof. Shepherd’s most recent publications include Turning the Pot, Tilling the Land: Dignity of Labour in Our Times (with co-writer Durgabai Vyam, 2007) and a memoir titled From a Shepherd Boy to an Intellectual (2019).

Thenmozhi Soundararajan is a U.S.-based filmmaker, transmedia artist, and Dalit rights activist. She is the founder of Equality Labs, an organization that uses community research, socially engaged art, and technology to end the oppression of caste apartheid, Islamophobia, white supremacy, and religious intolerance. In 2015, Soundararajan was a Robert Rauschenberg Foundation fellow, during which time she helped curate #DalitWomenFight, a transmedia project and activist movement. Soundararajan has been involved in the curation and creation of Dalit History Month.

Co-sponsored by the Department of American Culture, the Center for South Asian Studies, the Department of English Language & Literature, the Ambedkar Association of North America, the Association of India's Development & the Periyar Ambedkar Study Circle
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