Inter-area/Border Crossing

Organized Panel Session

101 - Life Politics in Postcolonial Asia: Memories and Movements from the Margins

7/7/2018
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Location: Marigold, New Building

How might we construct a politics of life as a response to violence and exploitation? In this panel, we approach this potential for ‘life politics’ through multiple materialities, identities and stories of erotics, spirituality, labor and solidarity. Concretely, we discuss sites and contexts in which this life politics is embodied through practices of fictive imagination, narrative oblivion, and active remembering. And, importantly for this panel, these practices occur across and between specific national, cultural, linguistic or social borders in and beyond postcolonial Asia.

This interdisciplinary panel brings together scholars working on East, Southeast and South Asia and from the fields of sociology, cultural studies, performance studies, geography, and history. We explore specific examples across time and place, where violated bodies are resurrected through spiritual remembering (Raghavan); where historical reconstruction and erasure function to marginalise gendered process of reproductive labour in favour of masculine narratives of the nation (Pendleton); where literary imaginations of  interracial solidarity can function to critically displace the centrality of colonial ideas of race and power (Prasad); and where processes of grieving after disaster function as a collective politics of refusal to forget what was loved and lost.

Each paper explores the genealogies of these life politics; their spatial, temporal, material and affective modalities. Together, we ask, what possibilities might these life politics offer for the imagination of a truly transnational resistance?

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Mark Pendleton

University of Sheffield, United Kingdom

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Anjana Raghavan

Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom

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Mark Pendleton

University of Sheffield, United Kingdom

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Anjana Raghavan

Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom

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Pavithra Prasad

California State University, Northridge, United States

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