Berlin Southern Theory Lectures

The annual Berlin Southern Theory Lecture foregrounds southern theory and epistemology. It honours diverse starting points and relations – „from“, „with“ and „for“– forms of theorising whose trajectories often depart from dominant Euro-American traditions. Thereby, this lecture series redresses lingering postcolonial asymmetries and aims to decentre and diversify theoretical debates in the social sciences and the humanities.
The Berlin Southern Theory Lecture is organised by the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology of the Freie Universität Berlin and the Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient in collaboration with the Forschungscampus Dahlem.

2nd Berlin Southern Theory Lecture

Prathama Banerjee, CSDS, New Delhi, India

Time and the Limits of the Political: Anti-historical Excursions from South Asia

Prathama Banerjee is a historian and a professor at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), Delhi. She is the author of Politics of Time: ‘primitives’ and history-writing in a colonial society (Oxford University Press 2006) and Elementary Aspects of the Political: histories from the global south (Duke University Press 2020). She is interested in poltical philosophy, cultural history, history of concepts and literary studies.