From October 24-26, 2019, the New School will host the Fifth International Conference on the Legacy of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar. This year’s conference theme is Dalits in Global Context: Rethinking Gender and Religion.
Featuring guest speaker Sukhdeo Thorat, professor of economics at Jawaharlal Nehru University (New Delhi), discusses emerging issues of diversity and discrimination in India’s institutions of higher education. A renowned scholar and contributor to organizations such as UNICEF and the World Bank, he has helped develop government policies and influenced the strategies of international agencies.
The conference will explore critical issues faced by the Dalit community, with a focus on the intersecting nature of gender, religion, and caste-based discrimination. Since its inception, the Ambedkar Conference has convened various scholars and practitioners, institutions and organizations across the world, creating a space to discuss the politics of equal dignity and equal rights for Dalits.