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Caste Conference History

GDS inaugurated in 2015 an annual conference on caste. While each focused on current ideations of caste, they each honored The Unfinished Legacy of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar, the preeminent 20th Century leader against untouchability. The first three conferences were hosted at Brandeis. The series continued as a “floating conference”, first at The University of Massachusetts/Amherst and then at The New School, New York. The Sixth International Conference returns home to Brandeis.

2023: Law, Caste, and The Pursuit of Justice

The Sixth International Conference on the Unfinished Legacy of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar. Friday, October 20 through Sunday, October 22, 2023 at Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts, USA. Keynote Address by The Hon’ble Dr Justice Dhananjaya Y Chandrachud, The Chief Justice of India. See the Sixth International Caste Conference page for background concept note and registration.


Poster for Fifth Annual Caste Conference

GDS and the New School teamed up for the 5th International Conference on the Unfinished Legacy of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, which was held in New York City in October 2019.

2018: Reconfiguring Solidarities around Caste and Race

The fourth annual international conference on the Unfinished Legacy of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar was held at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, on May 4 – 6, 2018.

2017: The Unfinished Legacy of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar: The International Conference on Reimagining Religion, Caste and Social Justice in South Asia

2016: The International Conference on Caste, Inequality and Economic Growth in South Asia: Challenges of Tradition and Modernity

2015: Annihilation of Caste: The Unfinished Legacy of Dr B.R. Ambedkar