A list of my presentations and talks on Periyar related research at academic and public events since the start of my Marie Curie research project on 1 October 2020. Recordings where available have been provided.


“From Self-Rule to Self-Respect: Dravidianist & Pan-Africanist Exchanges”. Panel discussion at the Center for South Asia, Stanford University. 7 February 2023.

“The Political Atheism of Periyar E.V. Ramasamy”. Centre for the Study of Developing Societies. Book discussion with Nishikant Kolge. 11 November 2022.

“Politics, Dignity, and Empowerment”. Panel discussion with Indrajit Roy. Chair: Anastasia Piliavsky. 26 October 2022.

Periyar Memorial Lecture. Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology-Gandhinagar. 17 September 2022.

Book discussion of “Periyar: A Study in Political Atheism”. Department of Political Science, University of Hyderabad. With R. Thirunavukkarasu, B. Ganeshwar and Jyotirmaya Sharma. 26 August 2022.

“Democracy and (Post)Secularism – Deliberating with Periyar”. Orient BlackSwan Discussion Series. Book discussion with Aakash Singh Rathore and Khalid Anis Ansari. 18 June 2022.

Book discussion of “Periyar: A Study in Political Atheism”. Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IISER Mohali. 9 June 2022.

Chair for panel on “Caste and Cinema”. Theorising Anticasteism international conference, Department of English, Presidency University. 7 June 2022. 

“Periyar EV Ramasamy: A Study in Political Atheism”. Book discussion at the Department of Geography and Planning, University of Liverpool. 13 May 2022.

“Challenging Caste at Caste Conferences: Periyar and Caste Organizations”. Political Studies Association Annual International Conference, University of York. 12 April 2022.

“Secularism and Social Justice”. University of Wolverhampton. Book discussion with A.S. Panneerselvan and K.R. Vignesh Karthik. 5 April 2022.

“When Anti-Colonialism is not Enough: Periyar’s Critique of Nationalism”. Postcolonial and Related Literatures Seminar on “Caste and the Limits of Decolonisation”, University of Cambridge. 3 March 2022.

Book discussion of “Periyar: A Study in Political Atheism”. Department of Philosophy, University of Nottingham. With Ian James Kidd. 17 November 2021.

International Conference “Anti-Caste Thought: Theory, Politics and Culture”. Convened by Meena Dhanda and Karthick Ram Manoharan. University of Wolverhampton. 29-30 October 2021.

“A Sudra Question? Periyar and the Intermediate Castes”. South Asian Political Thought Seminar, University of Oxford. 21 October 2021.

“Ramasamy and Ramayana: Periyar’s Critique of Hinduism”. Southern Asia Seminar at the Committee on Southern Asian Studies, University of Chicago. 14 October 2021.

“Periyar on Freedom and Caste”. Global challenges, Politics and Organization research group, Molde University College. 26 August 2021.

“A Battle on all Fronts: Periyar and the Dalit Question”. Research Symposium on Dalit and Anti-Caste Thought and Politics, Centre for South Asian Studies, University of Edinburgh. 16 July 2021.

“Contested Nationalisms in Contemporary India”. Sarah Parker Remond Centre, University College London. 27 May 2021.

“Is this a Sudra Critique? Periyar and the Intermediate Castes”. Caste and Community in Modern Tamilagam workshop, Chicago Tamil Forum, University of Chicago. 13-15 May 2021.

Discussant of Mahmood Mamdani’s Neither Settler Nor Native. Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta. 5 April 2021.

“The Black-shirt Challenge: Periyar contra Aryanism”. King’s College London. 10 March 2021.

Ramasamy and Ramayana: Periyar and the Hindu Epic”. London School of Economics. 25 February 2021.

“Radical Freedom: Periyar and Gender”. University of Wolverhampton. 18 February 2021.

“Thinking Beyond Anti-Colonialism: The Periyarist Ethic”. Presidency University. 26 November 2020.

“Periyar and Dravidian Political Philosophy”. Azim Premji University. 20 November 2020.

Launch of EU H2020 project “Freedom From Caste: The Political Thought of Periyar E.V. Ramasamy in a Global Context”. University of Wolverhampton. 11 November 2020.


“Understanding Periyarism”. Organized by Probhodha Trust Kochi and Others. 10 March 2023.

“Republic of Reason: Periyar, Rationalism and Nationalism”. Republic Day Lecture organized by Students’ Federation of India-UK. 26 January 2023.

Book launch of “Periyar: A Study in Political Atheism”. Roja Muthiah Research Library, Chennai. 4 June 2022.

“Remembering Periyar, the Greatest Humanist”. Dravidian Professionals Forum. 24 December 2021.

Discussion of “The Icon and the Iconoclast” (dir. Vilasini Ramani). Being Human Festival. 16 November 2021.

“Thanthai Periyar and his Eminent Contributions to Anti-Caste Movement in India”. Ambedkar Virtual Reading Group. 19 September 2021.

“Translating Periyar”. Periyar Screen. 18 September 2021.

“Re-searching Periyar: Challenges and Prospects”. Thanthai Periyar Memorial Lecture 2021, University of Hyderabad. 18 September 2021.

“Periyar’s Approach to the Dalit Question”. Rupkatha Journal. 17 September 2021.

Discussion on “Rethinking Social Justice”. With S. Anandhi and M. Vijayabaskar. Dravidian Professionals Forum. 17 March 2021.