Conference Speaker for the Gandhi-King Global Initiative (GKGI) Conference: The Uplift of All: Gandhi, King, and the Global Struggle for Freedom and Justice; October 11-13, 2019
Aishwary Kumar is Visiting Professor in the Department of History of Consciousness at University of California-Santa Cruz. An intellectual historian and political theorist with interests in South Asian, European, and American political thought, his work spans issues in moral and political philosophy, constitutional theory and political justice, empire and liberalism, and the history of democratic thought and rights. He is the author of Radical Equality: Ambedkar, Gandhi, and the Risk of Democracy (Stanford, 2015), which was listed by The Indian Express among the fifteen most important works on politics, morality, and law to be published anywhere that year. He has also been featured on the radio shows Entitled Opinions and Philosophy Talk. Kumar is currently working on two related book-length studies. The first, titled The Sovereign Void: Ambedkar’s Critique of Violence, examines the genealogies of political freedom and war in Southern and Atlantic political thought, and their relation to notions of “force” across epistemological, theological, and secular traditions. The second, titled The Gravity of Truth: Disenchantment, Disappointment, Democracy, takes the Obama Presidency as its starting point to explore the place of moral and political judgment in the global constitutional imagination. Kumar has taught intellectual history at the Department of History at Stanford and is also Senior Fellow in Human Rights, Constitutional Politics, and Religious Diversity at the Lichtenberg Kolleg: Göttingen Institute of Advanced Study, Germany.