Anupama Rao on Interdisciplinarity, the Conceptions of Race and Caste, and Global Racisms
An interview with Anupama Rao, Professor of History and MESAAS (Middle East, South Asia, Africa Studies) at Columbia University and Barnard College and the Director of the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society at Columbia University. We discussed her research, pedagogy, the Ambedkar Initiative, and her work as a 2023 Global Humanities Institute awardee for the current project "Global Racisms, Cold War Humanism, and the Imagination of Just Futures”. In our interview Rao discussed interdisciplinarity, the work of ICLS, and the thinking around global racisms. What follows is a lightly edited version of our conversation.