In this talk, Ravinder Kaur addresses the shift from “nationalization” (the public control of private assets) to what she calls “capitalization” of the nation (the transfer of public assets into private control) in the twenty-first-century. Drawing upon her recent work Brand New Nation, she unpacks the long history of India’s capitalist transition into an enclosure of global investment flows and how it has reconfigured the scaffolding of nation and nationalism in the three decades of economic liberalization.
Ravinder Kaur is a historian of contemporary India. She is Associate Professor of Modern South Asian Studies at the University of Copenhagen. She is the author of Brand New Nation: Capitalist Dreams and Nationalist Designs in Twenty-First-Century India (2020) and Since 1947: Partition Narratives among the Punjabi Migrants of Delhi (2007, 2018).
Kaur's lecture is part of the Liu Institute series Asian (Re)Visions of Nation, State, and Citizenship that invites scholars from multiple disciplines to examine how diverse populations in Asia are remaking discourses and practices of nation, state, and citizenship, with consequences for people in Asia and around the globe. Drawing on a range of approaches, invited speakers will challenge the universalizing models of politics and the nation-state while demonstrating the need to ensure analyses of global issues are derived from lived experiences across Asia.
The series is organized by Liu Institute faculty fellows Kyle Jaros, associate professor of global affairs, Julia Kowalski, assistant professor of global affairs, and Sharon Yoon, assistant professor of Korean studies.