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FRIDAY APRIL 18, 2014: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.


8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.: Registration and Breakfast


9:00 a.m. - 9:15/30 a.m.: Introduction and Framing Remarks

-Dr. Faisal Chaudhry (South Asia Studies), University of Pennsylvania


9:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.: Panel One

Precursors: Śāstra and Sharīʿa as Resources for Representing and Administering Land Control


-Professor Farhat Hasan (History), University of Delhi

Title: “Property and Power Relations in Mughal India: Litigations and Disputes at the Qazi’s Court in Urban Localities, 17-18th Centuries”

-Professor Tim Lubin (Law/Religious Studies), Washington and Lee University

Title: “Śāstric Rules and Customary Norms in Epigraphic Records of South Asian Property Deeds and Disputes”

 Moderator and Respondent:

-Professor Deven Patel (South Asia Studies), University of Pennsylvania


-Professor Teren Sevea (South Asia Studies), University of Pennsylvania

11:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.: Coffee Break

11:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.: Panel Two

Colonial Transitions/Transformations: Land, its Produce, and the Transferability of ‘Proprietary’ Rights


-Professor Robert Travers (History), Cornell University

Title: “Rethinking Land Rights in Early Colonial Bengal”

-Professor Bhavani Raman (History), University of Toronto, Scarborough

Title: “Property and the Historicity of Mirasi Law in Early Colonial South India”


Moderator and Respondent:

-Professor Lisa Mitchell (South Asia Studies), University of Pennsylvania


Dr. Arthur Mitchell Fraas (Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts), University of Pennsylvania

1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.  Lunch and Opportunity to Talk Informally

2:15 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.: Panel Three

Making the Modern by Looking to the Past: Codifying and Collectivizing ‘Property’ During the Late 19th and Early 20th Centuries


-Professor Karuna Mantena (Political Science), Yale University
Topic: Collective Property and “The Nineteenth-Century Debate on Property”
-Dr. Nandini Bhattacharyya-Panda (History), Maulana Abdul Kalam Azad Institute for Asian Studies; Kolkata, India
Title: “Law and Tradition: Women’s Rights to Property and Legal Modernity in India”

Moderator and Respondent:

-Professor Ramya Sreenivasan (South Asia Studies), University of Pennsylvania

-Professor Shyamkrishna Balganesh, University of Pennsylvania School of Law


8:00pm: Conference Dinner

All panelists and respondents are invited for dinner at Han Dynasty (3711 Market Street)


SATURDAY APRIL 19, 2014: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.: Breakfast

9:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.: Panel Four

Post-Colonial Challenges: Re-Cognizing Property in the Jurisprudence of Land Reform

-Namita Wahi, Fellow at the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi, SJD Candidate, Harvard Law School
Title:  “Agrarian Reform and the First Amendment”

-Professor Zubair Abbasi (Dept. of Law and Policy), Lahore University of Management Sciences
Title: “Non-legislating State: Islamic Law and Modern State in the Discourse on Judicial Islamisation of Property Laws in Pakistan”

Moderator and Respondent:

-Professor Sanjoy Chakravorty (Geography and Urban Studies), Temple University

-Aniruddha Jairam, Ph.D. Candidate (Political Science), University of Pennsylvania

10:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.: Coffee Break

11:00 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.: Panel Five

Contemporary Complexities: Are Legal Entitlements to Social and Economic Rights Property /Are all Legal Rights Proprietary? A Conversation and Roundtable

-Professor Devesh Kapur (Political Science), University of Pennsylvania

-Madhav Khosla, Ph.D. Candidate (Dept. of Government), Harvard University                                                                                                         

Moderator and Introductory Remarks:

-Professor Eduardo Peñalver, University of Chicago School of Law

 12:45 p.m.: Closing Remarks

-Professor Shyamkrishna Balganesh


1:00 p.m.: Conference Conclusion