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Northwestern Buffett Institute for Global Affairs

The Race, Caste, and Colorism Working Group

The goal of the Race, Caste, and Colorism Working Group is to cultivate a global network of scholars, artists, writers, translators, and activists around a shared political, intellectual, and aesthetic inquiry of race, caste, and colorism. Our aim is to help foment an institutional and intellectual shift in the ways scholars and writers think about local manifestations of caste and casteism, and race and racism, as part of a global semiotics of colorism. We also want to create key moments of intersection and connection for leading and emergent artists and scholars and writers engaging with the history, present, and future of race, caste, and colorism to develop a twenty-first century version of the transnational field of political and intellectual exchanges in the mid-twentieth century that brought together people like Ambedkar and DuBois, or King and Nehru.

About the Project

Group Members

Laura Brueck (Asian Languages and Cultures, Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences)*

Emily Maguire (Spanish and Portuguese, Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences)

Kalyan Nadiminti (English, Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences)

Lakshmi Padmanabhan (Radio/Television/Film, School of Communication)

Ivy Wilson (English, Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences)*

 

*indicates group leaders