17th International Conference on Maharashtra: Language and Power

Through January 8, 2017
UChicago Center in Delhi

Jan. 6

The 17th International Conference on Maharashtra (ICM) took place on 6-8 January 2017, at the University of Chicago Center in New Delhi. Since 1983, the ICM has regularly brought together scholars in Maharashtra Studies in different disciplines, and from across the globe. Conducted approximately every two years, alternating between sites in India and in other countries, the Conference facilitates intensive, inter-disciplinary discussion on one focused theme of relevance to the region.

The theme for this meeting was Language and Power. The three days involved an intensive, inter-disciplinary discussion of the deep imbrication of language and power in fields as diverse as pedagogy, media, literature, historiography, bureaucracy, and knowledge production. Papers were on topics ranging from Marathi theatre, poetry and the novel, linguistic modernization and textbooks, multilingual interactions in different spheres between Marathi and a range of other languages, translation practices, naming, etymology, and gender. This was an innovative, bilingual conference in English and Marathi, bringing together academics working in either language from around the world. A roundtable on bilingual scholarship and knowledge production will explore new local and international collaborative horizons in academic scholarship about Maharashtra.