South Asia

Organized Panel Session

18 - Framing Spaces: Encountering Affective Geographies in South Asia

7/6/2018
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Location: Marigold, New Building

This panel seeks to ethnographically and historically reimagine geographies, and its human connections, through the lens of affect. Challenging conventional notions of geographical spaces as stable, objective entities with fixed properties, we examine how geographies can operate and transmit multiple affective registers (Thrift 2002) that shape everyday experiences of self, belonging and notions of well-being. This panel understands affect as interiority – subjectively felt sensations, feelings, and emotions – but also draws on recent scholarship that expands affect to include the notion of “affective geographies” in which objects and environments also generate intensities and atmospheres (Navarro 2012, Stewart 2017). Building on the existing scholarship in the field, the ethnographically diverse papers on this panel, consider how affective geographies may refer to, for instance, the ‘parabody’ and ‘slipperiness’ of veiling practices (Delhi); affective political narratives of ‘belonging’ in militarized borderlands through social media (Balochistan); preservation of local art forms and the constructed narratives of geography that fix ‘territory’ and ‘practice’ (Telengana); imagined geographies of past lives in deciphering affective entanglements after kidney transplants (Delhi); or, psychological counselling discourse and the popular imaginings of places (Kandy). Analyses of affect enable a different way of accounting for geographies by examining forces of encounter (Seigworth and Gregg 2010) and how these forces are embedded in broader arenas of power and politics. The papers in this panel address these forces of the encounter – these various affective registers – in order to rethink the ways geographies are understood, mapped, and experienced. 

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Mira Mohsini

University of Akron, United States

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Sinjini Mukherjee

University of Heidelberg, India

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Mira Mohsini

University of Akron, United States

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Mira Mohsini

University of Akron, United States

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Annie Zaman

Independent researcher/Global Voices, Pakistan

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Nadia Augustyniak

The Graduate Center, CUNY, United States

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Chandan Bose

Manipal Centre for Philosophy and Humanities, Manipal University, India

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Sinjini Mukherjee

University of Heidelberg, India

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