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Professor Sanjay Seth

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PositionProfessor of Politics
Department Politics
Email s.seth (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone+44 (0)20 7919 7745
Professor Sanjay Seth

I have held teaching or research positions at the University of Sydney, La Trobe University (Melbourne), and Tokyo University before joining Goldsmiths in 2007, where I am Director of the Centre for Postcolonial Studies. In 2013-14 I am on sabbatical; from October 1- December 31 I was Visiting Professorial Research Fellow at Kyoto University, and in April-May 2014 I will be Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Technology, Sydney.

Teaching

I currently teach an MA subject, ‘The Politics of Knowledge: Debates in the Human Sciences”, two 3rd year undergraduate subjects- ‘Liberalism and its Critics’ and ‘Colonialism and non-Western Political Thought’, and I co-teach a 1st year subject, Politics of Other Cultures.

Areas of supervision

Social and political theory, Indian history and politics, non-Western thought and politics, Marxism and liberalism, postcolonial theory.

Keynote lectures

2013 "Higher Education in the Indian Social Imaginary: 150 Years", Conference on Postcolonial Higher Education, Habib University (Karachi, Pakistan)

2013 “Modernity and the Social Sciences: A Postcolonial Critique”, presented at “Concepts on the Move: 16th International Conference on History of Concepts”, Bilbao.

2013 “Western Education in Colonial and Modern India”, presented at “Europeanization and Globalization” seminar series, Malmo University, Sweden.

2013 “Modernity and the Social Sciences”, Matadero Madrid: Contemporary Arts Centre.

2012 "Modernity and the Social Sciences", Centre for the History of European Discourse, University of Queensland.

2011 "Western Knowledge and non-Western Objects", "Knowledge Politics and Intercultural Dynamics” seminar, CIDOB, Barcelona.

2011 “Memory and History”, International Commission of Historiography and Theory of History conference, Sofia (Bulgaria).

2011 “Revolution and History”, “Subaltern Studies: Historical World-Making Thirty Years On” conference, Australian National University, Canberra.

2011 “The Politics of Knowledge”, “Politics of Knowledge” conference, University of Brasilia, Brasilia.

2011 “Modernity and the Human Sciences”, lecture given at the University of Rio de Janeiro and the University of Buenos Aires.

2011 “Postcolonial Theory and International Relations”, “40 Years of Millennium” Symposium, LSE, London.

2010 “Changing the Subject: Western Knowledge and the Question of Difference”, International Sociology of Education Conference, London.

2010 “Once I was blind but now I can see: Teleology and the Human Sciences”, “Teleology and History workshop”, Rome.

2010 "New Knowledges and Changing Subjects: Western Education in Colonial India", “Education and Empire” conference, Galway (Ireland).

2010 “Critique of Impure (Modern, Western) Reason”, “After Europe: Postcolonial Knowledge in the Age of Globalization”, University of Chicago.

2010 “An Encounter with Charles Taylor: Roundtable”, Centre for the Study of Democracy, Westminster University.

2009 “Postcolonial Theory and the Critique of Modern, Western Knowledge”, “Fears, Facts and Fascination”, Autumn Academy of Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut (Essen) and Stiftung fur Kulturwissenschaften. Ruhr-University Bochum.

2009 “A Critique of Asian Studies”, Griffith University (Australia).

2009 “The limits of modern, western knowledge and the discourse of development”, “Reframing Development: Post-Development, Globalizaton and the Human Condition” Global Collaboration Center, Osaka University.

2008 “Humanism and the Colonial Encounter”, Goethe-Institut and the Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut, Kolkota.

2008 “Historiography After Society”, International Commission of Historiography and Theory of History, University of Athens.

2008 “Postcolonial Theory: Current Trends””, Taiwan National Science Council, National Chung Hsing University.

2008 “Globalization as the End of Difference? A Postcolonial Dissent”, Global Collaboration Center, Osaka University.

Research Interests

I have published in the fields of modern Indian history, political and social theory, postcolonial theory and international relations. I am particularly interested in how modern European ideologies, and modern Western knowledge more generally, ‘travelled’ to the non-Western world- and what effects this had both on the non-Western world, and on modern, Western knowledge. Relatedly, my recent and current work is focused on whether the presumptions that inform our modern knowledge are ‘universal’, meaning adequate to all times and places- as is usually supposed- or whether they are in fact parochial, presumptions that are specifically modern and Western but that illegitimately pass themselves off as universal. I usually use my Indian archive to raise and pursue these broad social, cultural and epistemological questions.

Publications

Book

Subject Lessons: The Western Education of Colonial India
Seth, Sanjay. 2007. Subject Lessons: The Western Education of Colonial India. Duke University Press. ISBN 9780822341055

Subject Lessons: The Western Education of Colonial India
Seth, Sanjay. 2007. Subject Lessons: The Western Education of Colonial India. Duke University Press. ISBN 978-0822340867

Marxist Theory and Nationalist Politics: The Case of Colonial India
Seth, Sanjay. 1995. Marxist Theory and Nationalist Politics: The Case of Colonial India. New Delhi: SAGE Publications. ISBN 978-0803992078

Edited Book

Postcolonial Theory and International Relations: A Critical Introduction
Seth, Sanjay, ed. 2012. Postcolonial Theory and International Relations: A Critical Introduction. London and NY: Routledge. ISBN 978-0415582889

Book Section

Postcolonialism and International Relations.
Seth, Sanjay. 2012. Postcolonialism and International Relations. In: Sanjay Seth, ed. Postcolonial Theory & International Relations: A Comprehensive Introduction. London: Routledge. ISBN 978-0-415-58288-9

'Slavery, Finance and International Political Economy: Postcolonial reflections'
Gruffydd Jones, Branwen. 2012. 'Slavery, Finance and International Political Economy: Postcolonial reflections'. In: Sanjay Seth, ed. Postcolonial Theory and International Relations. London: Routledge, pp. 49-69. ISBN 978-0415582889

The Nation-State as Guardian of Difference and Globalisation as the end of Difference?: A Postcolonial Dissent. (Forthcoming)
Seth, Sanjay. 2011. The Nation-State as Guardian of Difference and Globalisation as the end of Difference?: A Postcolonial Dissent. (Forthcoming). In: Robert Walker, ed. Displacing the International. Routledge.

Rewriting Histories of Nationalism: The Politics of ‘Moderate Nationalism’ in Colonial India, 1870-1905
Seth, Sanjay. 2009. Rewriting Histories of Nationalism: The Politics of ‘Moderate Nationalism’ in Colonial India, 1870-1905. In: Sekhar Bandyopadhyay, ed. Nationalist Movement in India: A Reader. Oxford University Press, pp. 30-48. ISBN 9780195698817

’Subliminal Charge’: How Hindi-Language Newspaper Expansion Affects India
Seth, Sanjay; Friedlander, Peter and Jeffrey, Robin. 2009. ’Subliminal Charge’: How Hindi-Language Newspaper Expansion Affects India. In: Arvind Rajagopal, ed. The Indian Public Sphere Readings in Media History. New Delhi: Oxford University Press, //-//. ISBN 019806103X

A Postcolonial World?
Seth, Sanjay. 2000. A Postcolonial World? In: Greg Fry and Jacinta O'Hagan, eds. Contending Images of World Politics. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 214-226. ISBN 978-0333913765

Article

“Once Was Blind but Now Can See”: Modernity and the Social Sciences
Seth, Sanjay. 2013. “Once Was Blind but Now Can See”: Modernity and the Social Sciences. International Political Sociology, 7(2), pp. 136-151. ISSN 1749-5679

Nationalism, Modernity, and the “Woman Question” in India and China
Seth, Sanjay. 2013. Nationalism, Modernity, and the “Woman Question” in India and China. The Journal of Asian Studies, 72(2), pp. 273-297. ISSN 0021-9118

Contrasting Modernities: India and China. (Forthcoming)
Seth, Sanjay. 2012. Contrasting Modernities: India and China. (Forthcoming). Journal of Asian Studies,

Travelling theory: Western knowledge and its Indian object
Seth, Sanjay. 2011. Travelling theory: Western knowledge and its Indian object. International Studies in Sociology of Education, 21(4), pp. 263-282. ISSN 0962-0214

Postcolonial Theory and the Critique of International Relations
Seth, Sanjay. 2011. Postcolonial Theory and the Critique of International Relations. Millennium, 40(1), pp. 167-183. ISSN 0305-8298

Crítica de la razón (moderna, Occidental) impura A critique of impure (modern, Western) reason
Seth, Sanjay. 2011. Crítica de la razón (moderna, Occidental) impura A critique of impure (modern, Western) reason. Tabula Rasa, 14, pp. 31-54. ISSN 1794-2489

Modernity Without Prometheus. (Forthcoming)
Seth, Sanjay. 2011. Modernity Without Prometheus. (Forthcoming). Política y Cultura La modernidad reconsiderada, a 30 años de Todo lo solido se desvanece en el aire Mexico DF/Barcelona,

Marxist Genealogies: from Indian Maoism to Postcolonialism. (Forthcoming)
Seth, Sanjay. 2011. Marxist Genealogies: from Indian Maoism to Postcolonialism. (Forthcoming). Storia della Storiografia - History of Historiography(2),

Historiography and non-Western Pasts
Seth, Sanjay. 2010. Historiography and non-Western Pasts. Historien a Review of the past, pp. 71-81.

Historical Sociology and Postcolonial Theory: Two Strategies for Challenging Eurocentrism
Seth, Sanjay. 2009. Historical Sociology and Postcolonial Theory: Two Strategies for Challenging Eurocentrism. International Political Sociology, 3(3), pp. 334-338. ISSN 17495679

Which past? Whose transcendental presupposition?
Seth, Sanjay. 2008. Which past? Whose transcendental presupposition? Postcolonial Studies, 11(2), pp. 215-226. ISSN 1368-8790

Historiography and non-Western pasts
Seth, Sanjay. 2008. Historiography and non-Western pasts. Postcolonial Studies, 11(2), pp. 139-144. ISSN 1368-8790

Changing the Subject: Western Knowledge and the Question of Difference
Seth, Sanjay. 2007. Changing the Subject: Western Knowledge and the Question of Difference. Comparative Studies in Society and History, 49(3), pp. 666-688. ISSN 00104175

Changing the Subject: Western Knowledge and the Question of Difference
Seth, Sanjay. 2007. Changing the Subject: Western Knowledge and the Question of Difference. Comparative Studies in Society and History, 49(2), pp. 666-668. ISSN 0010-4175

Reason or Reasoning? Clio or Siva
Seth, Sanjay. 2004. Reason or Reasoning? Clio or Siva. Social Text, 22(1 78), pp. 85-102. ISSN 01642472

Reason or Reasoning? Clio or Siva?
Seth, Sanjay. 2004. Reason or Reasoning? Clio or Siva? Social Text, 78, pp. 85-101. ISSN 0164-2472

Back to the future?
Seth, Sanjay. 2002. Back to the future? Third World Quarterly, 23(3), pp. 565-575. ISSN 0143-6597

Liberalism and the Politics of (Multi)Culture: or, Plurality is not Difference
Seth, Sanjay. 2001. Liberalism and the Politics of (Multi)Culture: or, Plurality is not Difference. Postcolonial Studies, 4(1), pp. 65-77. ISSN 13688790

A Critique of Disciplinary Reason: The Limits of Political Theory
Seth, Sanjay. 2001. A Critique of Disciplinary Reason: The Limits of Political Theory. Alternatives, 26(1), pp. 73-92. ISSN 0304-3754

Rewriting Histories of Nationalism: The Politics of ‘Moderate Nationalism’ in Colonial India, 1870-1905
Seth, Sanjay. 1999. Rewriting Histories of Nationalism: The Politics of ‘Moderate Nationalism’ in Colonial India, 1870-1905. American Historical Review, 104(1), pp. 95-116. ISSN 0002-8762

Interpreting Revolutionary Excess: The Naxalite Movement in India, 1967-71
Seth, Sanjay. 1995. Interpreting Revolutionary Excess: The Naxalite Movement in India, 1967-71. Positions : East Asia Critique, 3(2), pp. 481-507. ISSN 1067-9847