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Date(s) - April 28, 2023
3:00 pm - 4:15 pm

Nancy Richardson Design Center


As part of the Distinguished Lecture Series, Dr. Nishant Upadhyay will give the talk “Diasporic Hindu Right, Colonial Solidarities” on April 28, 2023 in the Nancy Richardson Design Center, room 212.

Dr. Nishant Upadhyay’s (they/them) talk will trace the emergent calls for solidarities with Indigenous communities by the Hindu right on Turtle Island. The diasporic Hindu right is increasingly mobilizing narratives of indigeneity to forge alliances with Indigenous communities in North America and other whiter settler colonial contexts. The Hindu right obfuscates its own brahminical, imperial, and fascist agendas against the caste, religion, racial, and ethnic Others transnationally. To dismantle varying cacophonies of power, intersectional, transnational, and decolonial analyses are required to see the intertwined processes of violence.

Dr. Upadhyay is an Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder. Their research focuses on intersections of race, indigeneity, caste, gender, and sexuality. Their book manuscript, Indians on Indian Lands: Intersections of Race, Caste, and Indigeneity, studies the formation of dominant-caste Hindu Indian diasporas in North America and Indian diasporic complicities in intertwined processes of settler colonialism, racial capitalism, antiblackness, heteronormativity, brahminical supremacy, and Hindu nationalism. Their dissertation received the National Women’s Studies Association/University of Illinois Press First Book Award in 2018. Prior to joining CU Boulder, Nishant taught Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and Northern Arizona University. Their scholarship has been published in Cultural Studies, Interventions, Journal of Critical Ethnic Studies, Feminist Studies, WSQ and other journals, anthologies, and online spaces. They have edited a special issue of Sikh Formations: Religion, Culture, Theory (2014) on the Ghadar movement, and co-edited a special issue of Feral Feminisms (2015) on transnational feminist analysis of settler colonialism.