Sonipat, 21 December 2018


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8:30 – 9:00PM Breakfast available at conference venue
9:00 – 9:15PM Welcome and introductions
9:15 – 11:15PM Panel 1: Political Representation
11:15 – 11:30PM Coffee/tea break
11:30 – 1:15PM Panel 2: Political Economy
01:15 – 3:00PM Lunch and discussion on fieldwork in India
03:00 – 4:45PM Panel 3: Clientelism and Intermediation
04:30 – 6:30PM Coffee/Tea Break/Free time
06:45PM Departure for dinner at Haveli, Murthal (8km away from campus)

Panel 1: Political Representation

Discussant: Anustubh Agnihotri (University of California, Berkeley)

– Jusmeet Singh Sihra (Sciences Po and Hebrew University, Jerusalem):
Who Represents the Scheduled Castes in Assemblies? The Paradox of Reservations and Castes in Rajasthan

– Nissim Mannathukkaren (Dalhousie University)
Ezhava Representation in Kerala: Questions and Conundrums

– Saloni Bhogale (Ashoka University)
Querying the Indian Parliament: What can the Question Hour tell us about Muslim Representation in India?

– Rachel Brule (New York University, Abu Dhabi)
Women’s Representation and Resistance: Positive & Perverse Consequences
of Indian Laws for Gender Equality

Christophe Jaffrelot1 (Sciences Po) and Kalaiyarasan A. (Madras Institute of Development Studies)
Dominant castes, from bullock capitalists to OBCs? The impact of class differentiation in rural India

– Jennifer Bussell (University of California, Berkeley)
Clients & Constituents: Political Responsiveness in Patronage Democracies

Panel 2: Political Economy

Discussant: Anirvan Choudhary

Rikhil Bhavnani (University of Wisconsin Madison) and Mark Copelovich (University of Wisconsin Madison)
The Political Impact of Monetary Shocks: Evidence from India’s 2016 Demonetization

– Nikhar Gaikwad (Columbia University)
Identity Politics and Economic Policy

Anjali Bohlken (Georgia Institute of Technology), Nikhar Gaikwad (Columbia University), and Gareth Nellis (University of California, Berkeley)
Getting on the Grid: The Politics of Public Service Formalization in Urban India

Lunchtime Discussion on fieldwork in India

– Christophe Jaffrelot (Sciences Po)

– Basim U Nissa (Ashoka University)

– Gilles Verniers (Ashoka University)

Panel 3: Clientelism and Intermediation

Discussant: Priyamvada Trivedi and Gilles Verniers

Adam Auerbach (American University) and Tariq Thachil (Vanderbilt University)
Cultivating Clients: Reputation, Responsiveness, and Ethnic Indifference in India’s Slums

Gabrielle Kruks-Wisner (University of Virginia) and Adam Auerbach (American University)
Uneven Expectations: The Geography of Citizenship Practice in Rural and Urban India

Simon Chauchard (Columbia University) and Neelanjan Sircar (Ashoka University)
Courting Votes Without Party Agents: Political Competition and Partisan

1 Names in bold are presenters for co-authored papers.