This panel focuses on Dalit communities in India and beyond. It calls for papers on Dalit agency in multiple socio-economic contexts and sites of contestation. Papers are invited to reflect on the construction and meanings of the Dalit category, the field of studies, and future research directions.
This panel brings together an eclectic ensemble of papers exploring subjectivities, socio-cultural practices, and life-ways amongst Dalit communities across India and in diaspora. Not only do the insights generated through textual, economic, visual and legal investigation show emerging trends in the lives of such communities and beyond but they also suggest the need for broadening the empirical and analytical terrains explored thus far. Taken together, the papers point to the need for reflection on the Dalit category, the field of study which centres on it, and future research directions. In this respect, the panel fosters the aims of the newly-created British Association for South Asian Studies (BASAS) research group entitled: 'Dalit communities and diasporas in global times: Interdisciplinary perspectives'.