Book Launch & Panel Discussion: "Caste Matters"

October 11, 2019

Join us for a discussion with Suraj Yengde, who will be talking about his latest book, “Caste Matters”. This will be followed by a discussion with members of the Ambedkar Reading Group and questions from the audience. The dialogue will feature topics such as understanding the globalized context of the caste system and its changing dynamics both in India and across the diaspora, matters of representation in academics and media, and strategies to combat caste-based oppression. Following this, there will be a garlanding ceremony of the Dr. Ambedkar bust at the SFU W. A. C. Bennett Library.


Suraj Yengde is an award-winning scholar and activist from India, and the author of Caste Matters. He is an inaugural postdoctoral fellow at the Initiative for Institutional Anti-racism and Accountability, Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. Dr. Yengde is India’s first Dalit Ph.D. holder from an African university (University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg). He has published in the field of caste, race, ethnicity studies, and inter-regional labor migration in the global south.