South Asia

Organized Panel Session

64 - Affective Outpourings: Intimate Publics in South Asia

7/6/2018
2:40 PM - 4:10 PM
Location: Mahogany, First Floor

Recent discussions of public space and community in South Asia have productively engaged the concept of affect — an economy of sentiments that circulates through and across public and private realms and cathects the intimate self to wider audiences organized by nation, religion, or ethnicity (Dave 2012, Mankekar 2015, Kumar 2016). The five papers in this panel continue the discussion of affect and space by investigating bodies defined by queerness, collective mourning, citizenship, and public presentation. The panel begins with a presentation on the public spectacle of mourning around the exhumed body of Jamal al-din al-Afghani as it made its way from Istanbul to Kabul, via Karachi in the 1940s. The second paper investigates the articulation of women’s citizenship and rights in post-independence India via the All India Women’s Conference “listening tour”. Issues of women’s self-presentation are also germane to the third presentation on a nineteenth-century woman ruler and her use of architecture and portraiture as tools of political negotiation. The next paper extends the conversation on women and space with a study of the affective performances at a Sufi shrine in Sindh, Pakistan where sound, bodies, and parallel states of consciousness create spaces of alterity. The final paper is a meditation on autobiographies of trans-women who appropriate the affective energies of the ethnographic gaze to make claims of citizenship and community rights. Each of these papers offers an interpretation of the conference theme by bringing attention to the individuals and collectives through which affect has and continues to move in South Asia.


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Mrinalini Rajagopalan

University of Pittsburgh, United States

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Mrinalini Rajagopalan

University of Pittsburgh, United States

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Mrinalini Rajagopalan

University of Pittsburgh, United States

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Kelsey Utne

Cornell University, United States

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Emily Rook-Koepsel

University of Pittsburgh, United States

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Shundana Yusaf

University of Utah, United States

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Rovel Sequeira

University of Pennsylvania, United States

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