Nov 16-Life, Emergent: The Social in the Afterlives of Violence

Life, Emergent: The Social in the Afterlives of Violence

Wednesday, November 16 ~ 1:30 pm
Best Buy Theater, Northrop Auditorium, 4th Floor 84 Church Street Southeast 

Yasmeen Arif, University of Delhi 
Timothy Campbell, Cornell University 
Veena Das, Johns Hopkins University 
Deepak Mehta, Shiv Nader University 
Ajay Skaria, University of Minnesota

This panel conversation brings together the panelist’s work, their influences in Arif’s book, Life, Emergent (UMN Press, 2016) and resonant themes. Veena Das’ enduring work on political violence in India lays the ground of social suffering and its negotiation with the event and everyday. The arguments in the book draw their momentum from that remarkable body of work and offer a direction into a social future proposed as afterlives. A deliberation on a politics of life finds expression through Timothy Campbell’s powerful work on biopower and biopolitics. His nuanced work with Roberto Esposito’s writings is a core perspective, which lends itself to the shaping of the political. Deepak Mehta has written extensively, with nuance and skill, on political violence, law and the imagination of the communal social. His reading of violence in its materiality lends a provocative platform. Ajay Skaria’s insightful and rich writings on Gandhi and his legacy for understanding majoritarian politics provide a significant contribution. His reading of Gandhi’s political and moral philosophy shapes an intervention in the contemporary.

Free and open to the public Refreshments served
Co-sponsored by the University of Minnesota Press
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