From the nomination: 'Why do so many nation states struggle to accommodate minorities? Mahmood Mamdani argues in Neither Settler Nor Native that the colonial “define and rule” attitude towards ethnic or religious minorities lives on in postcolonial states. Such politicisation of identity (you could even call it identity politics) often leads to extreme violence. Mamdani includes the US as a settler-colonial nation due to its treatment of Native Americans, who still do not have full constitutional protections. Some hope, Mamdani thinks, lies in the post-apartheid South African model.'
Partha Chatterjee's new book, 'The Truths and Lies of Nationalism, as narrated by Charvak,' has just been published in India by Black Swan. It will be released in the US, in March 2022, by SUNY press. From the back cover: "While the Covid-19 pandemic was still raging in the autumn of 2020, I found, one evening, placed outside the door of my home in Kolkata, a sealed packet. Apparently, it had been left there sometime during the day. It did not come by post or any of the courier services that usually deliver mail because, if it had, someone would have rung the bell and I was home all day. In fact, the parcel did not bear any seal or inscription except my name and address written in English script in a confident cursive style rarely seen these days. My curiosity was aroused because the package did not look like a piece of junk mail. The thought that it might contain something more sinister did strike my mind – after all, the times were not exactly normal. But something in the look of the packet persuaded me that it should be examined. After dutifully spraying the packet with a disinfectant, I unwrapped it and found, within cardboard covers and neatly tied in red string, what looked like a manuscript. On a closer look, that indeed turned out to be the case…"
Read about Xenia Cherkaev (Anthropology PhD, 2015) and Elena Tipikina's two-sided book about one-sided surfaces. It has two beginnings and no end – and it's bilingual, in English and Russian, comprised of two parallel texts, neither of which is a translation of the other. Published by Borey-Art, St. Petersburg and the Museum of Organic Culture, Kolomna. The story appears on our Alumni: Beyond Columbia page as part of this website's section devoted to Graduate Student Life.
The department is thrilled to announce that Omer Shah has been named an Early Career Fellow by the Department of Anthropology, and that Hadeel Assali is the recipient of an ACLS postdoctoral fellowship as part of the "Emerging Voices on Environmental Justice" program at the University of Pennsylvania.