Virtual book discussion of Ravinder Kaur’s
Brand New Nation - Capitalist Dreams and Nationalist Designs in Twenty-First-Century India
(Stanford University Press, 2020)
The early 21st century was an optimistic moment of global futures-making. The chief narrative was the emergence of the BRIC nations, branded afresh as resource-rich hubs of untapped talent and potential, "opened up" for foreign investments. The tantalizing promise of economic growth also offered utopian visions of "good times", and even restoration of lost glory to the nation's citizens. Brand New Nation reaches into the past as well as the future of this phenomenon. It discloses the on-the-ground experience of the relentless transformation of the nation-state into an attractive investment destination for speculative global capital.
Ravinder Kaur provocatively argues that to be deemed an attractive nation-brand in the global economy today is to be affirmed as a proper nation. The infusion of capital produces investment-fueled nationalism, a populist force that can be turned into an instrument of coercion. Grounded in the history of modern India, the book reveals the close kinship between identity economy and identity politics, publicity and populism, and violence and economic growth.
Join us on 27 August, 4:00 pm (CEST/Copenhagen time)
Satish Deshpande (Delhi)
Thomas Blom Hansen (Stanford)
Ravinder Kaur (Copenhagen)
Saloni Mathur (UCLA)
William Mazzarella (Chicago)
Sumathi Ramaswamy (Duke)
Srirupa Roy (Göttingen)
Register here for Zoom link and further information about how to attend. Registration will close on 25 August.
Visit Stanford University Press website for description, reviews and excerpts from the book.
Organized by Asian Dynamics Initiative and Centre of Global South Asian Studies, Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen.
Marie Yoshida, Asian Dynamics Initiative, University of Copenhagen