Columbia University Libraries Awarded Grant to Support Anticaste Archives Project

October 20, 2023 – Achievements

Arcadia has awarded a five-year grant of U.S. $1.7 million to Columbia University Libraries (CUL) in collaboration with Barnard College and the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences Calcutta (CSSSC) to support a project entitled, Anticaste Archives: Preserving Historical and Cultural Memory. This ambitious new international project seeks to follow ethical and non-extractive practices to develop a digital archive of materials created by communities in India related to anticaste advocacy.

The project builds on the University’s long standing commitment to and groundbreaking work on South Asian, subaltern and postcolonial studies. In particular, the Ambedkar Initiative, led by Professor Anupama Rao, and housed at the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society, links Columbia University with the anticaste legacy of B. R. Ambedkar, a Columbia alumnus, M.A. 1915, Ph.D. 1927, L.L.D. 1952 (honorary), and recognizes the ongoing import of his ideas to discussions about social justice, affirmative action, and democratic thinking in a global frame.”

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