Chrystal Macmillan Lecture 2014
Wednesday, 18 June 2014 from 18:00 to 20:00 (BST)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
The School of Social and Political Science presents the 2014 Chrystal Macmillan Lecture:
Professor Veena Das
Krieger-Eisenhower Professor of Anthropology,
Johns Hopkins University
War and Intimate Violence: Reading the Ethnographic Record in the Light of the Mahabharata
What is the relation between large scale violence and violence experienced in intimate spaces of the domestic? I look at the place of singularity in addressing this issue, asking what does the appearance of figures, personal names and first person narratives tell us about the importance of experience for understanding violence. How can the personal be made to stand for the impersonal, and inversely how is the person formed through the impersonal in situations of war and violence? The Sanskrit epic Mahabharata, which is the emblematic story of war and intimate violence, offers the provocation in this lecture for theorizing from a mythic space, an elsewhere in terms of time and space.
Doors open from 17.30 for 18.00 start.
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School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh
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