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'Once I was Blind but now I can See: Modernity and the Social Sciences'



This paper asks a series of very direct, if not simple, questions. How and why is it that we assume that modern knowledge is universal, despite its European genealogy and its historically recent provenance? What warrant do we have for considering this superior to the pre-modern knowledges of the West, and the autochthonous knowledges of the non-West? Are we, in short, right to assume that modern Western knowledge transcends the circumstances of its historical and geographical emergence and thus that the social sciences are ‘true’ for everyone- even though to do so is to privilege the modern and the western, over the pre-modern and the non-Western?

  Tuesday May 1 2012

2pm - 4pm

CCCS Seminar Level 4 Forgan Smith Building

  Sanjay Seth is Professor of Politics at Goldsmiths, University of London, where he is also Director of the Centre for Postcolonial Studies. He has written extensively on postcolonial theory, social and political theory, and modern Indian history, including Subject Lessons:The Western Education of Colonial India (Duke University Press, 2007). He is a founding co-editor of the journal Postcolonial Studies (1998-).






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