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In this Actuvirtual Symposium we attend to Dr. Shobana Shankar’s book, An Uneasy Embrace: Africa, India and the Spectre of Race and engage the history and the controversial question of how Africans and Indians make and unmake their differences. Drawing on archival and oral sources from seven countries, An Uneasy Embrace traces how economic tensions surrounding the Indian diaspora in East and Southern Africa collide with widening Indian networks in West Africa and the Black Atlantic, forcing a racial reckoning over the course of the twentieth century.

Convener:

Fazil Moradi, Visiting Associate Professor, Faculty of Humanities, JIAS, University of Johannesburg

Shobana Shankar, Associate Professor of History, Stony Brook University

Dilip Menon, Director at the Centre for Indian Studies in Africa, University of Witwatersrand

Goolam Vahed, Professor in the Department of History, University of KwaZulu- Natal

Adom Getachew, Neubauer Family Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Chicago

Renu Modi, Professor and Director at the Centre for African Studies, University of Mumbai

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