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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Seminar and Book Launch at UDSM - 14/03/2013

Vijay Prashad

Vijay Prashad is Professor of International Studies at Trinity College, where he holds the George and Martha Kellner Chair of South Asian History.

Prashad is the author of fifteen books, most recently The Poorer Nations: A Possible History of the Global South (London: Verso Books, 2013), which former UN Secretary General Boutros Boutros-Ghali calls “a contribution to the intellectual-cum-political emancipation of developing countries and their empowerment through greater self-reliance on their own intellectual and analytical resources.”

Last year, Prashad published Arab Spring, Libyan Winter (AK Press), which India’s The Hindu called “a book that deserves to become essential reading, a canonical account of a world-historic chain of events,” and Uncle Swami: South Asians in America Today (New Press), which the Boston Globe called “required reading for anyone who wants to understand race, assimilation and patriotism.” Uncle Swami will be published by HarperCollins for a South Asian edition in 2013.

His Darker Nations: A People’s History of the Third World (New Press, 2007) was chosen by the Asian American Writers’ Workshop as the best nonfiction book of 2008, and it won the Muzaffar Ahmad Book Award for 2009. It is now available in French, Italian, Japanese, Spanish, Swedish, with editions in India and Pakistan and translations in Arabic, Mandarin and Turkish in process. Kamal Mitra Chenoy, professor at Jawaharlal Nehru University, wrote in Economic and Political Weekly, “This is a comprehensive, informative and rewarding book to read, and documents a critical part of our international politics and culture which is much misrepresented nowadays.” Former Indian Foreign Minister K. Natwar Singh, writing in Tehelka, notes, “The book invites comparison to Edward Said’s Orientalism. Vijay Prashad’s passionate commitment, his intellectual brio, his literary style, are all immensely impressive.” El Pais said of the Spanish edition, “Las naciones oscuras es un libro excepcionalmente documentado. Era obligado, dada la ambición del proyecto. Su documentación es tan buena que brilla.”

Prashad is a columnist for Frontline (India), an editor at Bol (Pakistan) and Himal (Nepal) a writer for Counterpunch (USA) and part of the collective of newsclick.in. He has been published in The Hindu (India), Al-Akhbar (Lebanon), Asia Times (Bangkok), Egypt Independent (Egypt), Bidayat (Lebanon), Economic and Political Weekly (India), Third World Resurgence (Malaysia), Mail and Guardian (South Africa), and India Abroad (USA).

For LeftWord books in Delhi, he edits a series called Dispatches. The first volume, Dispatches from Latin America, co-edited with Teo Ballvé appeared in 2006. The second volume, Dispatches from Pakistan, co-edited with Qalandar Bux Memon and Madiha R. Tahir, was published in January 2013. The third volume, Dispatches from the Arab Revolt, co-edited with Paul Amar, will appear in 2013. Two volumes, Dispatches from Africa and Dispatches from Europe, are currently in formation.

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