Mrinalini Sinha : « Anatomy of a Protest: The Abolition of Indian Indentured Labor in the British Empire » (06/12)

Mrinalini Sinha, de University of Michigan, présentera sa communication  « Anatomy of a Protest: The Abolition of Indian Indentured Labor in the British Empire » le jeudi 6 décembre de 17h30 à 19h.
Maison de la Recherche, 28 rue Serpente, Paris 6e , salle D421

Résumé :
« Kunti, a dalit (“untouchable” caste) woman, became the poster child for the nation-wide movement in India against the abolition of the system of indentured labor in 1917. The system, managed by the colonial government in India, had supplied approximately 1.3 million workers from India to plantations overseas in the aftermath of the abolition of Atlantic slavery in the 1830s. This paper explores how a woman at the very bottom of the caste hierarchy in India became the face for an empire-wide change. It will argue that Kunti’s role in the movement illustrates an important dimension of the abolitionist movement: the construction of the “people” (or the demos) as the subject of a new kind of politics in late colonial India. »