SOAS University of London

Department of History, School of History, Religions & Philosophies

Adivasis and the Making of the British Colonial State in the Hills and Forests of India

Bhangya Bhukya (University of Hyderabad)

Date: 12 December 2017Time: 5:00 PM

Finishes: 12 December 2017Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Faber Building, 23/24 Russell Square Room: FG01

Type of Event: Seminar

Abstract: Is primitivism a consequence of the natural evolution of some human societies or is it a conscious choice by such societies to evade state power? The talk sets out to answer these questions by taking as the case of the Gond dynasty of the erstwhile Chanda region of Deccan India as its focus. It examines the long history of Gond society, demonstrating how the British colonial government created an administrative divide between the plains and the hills, thus stereotyping hill and forest communities as isolated, primitive , barbaric and uncivilized in order to deny them self-rule. The talk is based on the presenter’s recent book, The Roots of the Periphery: A History of the Gonds of Deccan India (Oxford University Press, 2017).

Organiser: Dr. Shabnum Tejani