What's in a (proper) name? Particulars, individuals, and authorship in the Linguistic Survey of India (1894-1928)

15 December 2009

Time: 6:30pm
Venue: Arts Lecture Theatre, Arts Building, Mile End Campus

British linguistic interventions in colonial India are generally associated with the oppressive nature of clear cut definitions, a strategy of the unpublished files and published volumes of the Linguistic Survey of India (1894-1928), and the correspondence of it's Superintendent Sir George Abraham Grierson (1851-1941), reveals a different and more complicated picture, both of colonial power and of its postcolonial successor.

Javed Majeed's previous books addressed the intellectual history of British India in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, notions of selfhood in Indian nationalist autobiography, and Islam and postcolonialism. He is currently writing a book on colonial/postcolonial power and the Linguistic Survey of India. His other research project is on the century politics of English and Urdu lexicography in nieteenth century India.