An Uneasy Embrace: Africa, India and the Spectre of Race (Hurst/Oxford, 2021), written by Shobana Shankar, a professor in the College of Arts and Sciences Department of History, has been named a finalist for the International Studies Association’s Global Development Section book award.
The book explores how Africans and Indians reconcile their often complicated relationships, focusing on the dynamic between them, as well as universal themes of race, religion and gender.
The International Studies Association (ISA) is one of the oldest interdisciplinary associations dedicated to understanding international, transnational and global affairs. Founded in 1959, its more than 7,000 members span the globe — comprising academics, practitioners, policy experts, private sector workers and independent researchers, among others. The association has long served as a central hub for the exchange of ideas and for networking and programmatic initiatives among those involved in the study, teaching and practice of international studies.
As an association dedicated to posing and answering questions regarding some of the most pressing issues of our time, ISA is composed of a variety of sections, caucuses and regions that seek to facilitate their members’ analysis of, and engagement with, the world of international, transnational and global affairs writ large.
Earlier this year, Shankar was named to the 2022-2023 Wilson Center fellowship class for her project, “A Nigeria-India Nexus: Negotiating Cultural Economic Power in the Global South.” She is among 18 scholars and practitioners from the United States, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, India, Israel, Mexico and Russia who will pursue projects while in residence at the Wilson Center.