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Master Class in Writing Critical Book Reviews

Event Date: 
Saturday, November 13, 2021 -
10:0011:30

The Department of International Relations and Governance Studies and Academic Writing Course jointly invite you to a 'Master Class in Writing Critical Book Reviews' by Dr. Smitana Saikia, Assistant Professor, Azim Premji University on 13 November 2021 at 10:00 AM.

Abstract
The focus of this Masterclass will be in offering students an insight into the process of reviewing an academic text. A critical review of an academic text is fundamentally an exercise in expressing a metalanguage. A structure that not only gleans out the central idea of the particular text but its discursive relationship with other academic texts in and outside of the specific discipline. To critically review a book is to interact with multiple sites of knowledge production that a text refers and is borne out of. From style, rhetoric to the usage of material and theoretical sources, a critical review calls into question the existing canon within which the book is located but also the innovative departures and possibilities of that text. A critical review also locates the importance of a specific book within a discipline that may have been under or overstated in existing studies of that discipline. It locates the market possibilities of that book, the logistical importance of that book in a discipline as well as how a specific book can turn how a discipline is shifting its theoretical, social and material realities.

About the Speaker
Smitana  Saikia is a faculty with the School of Development at Azim Premji University, Bengaluru. She completed her Ph.D. from King's College London and her research interests lie in the intersection of borderlands studies, electoral politics, federalism and conflict studies in the South Asian context. She has previously taught at FLAME University, Pune and Ashoka University, Sonepat. Smitana's research on electoral and ethnic politics in India's Northeast is published in peer-reviewed journals and as chapters in edited volumes. Her writing on contemporary debates on citizenship in India have also featured in the Indian ExpressScroll.in and First Post.  As part of her pedagogic approach, Smitana aims to make academic writing accessible to students.

Saturday 13, Nov 2021
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

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