This conference will feature talks by several Stanford graduate students working on South Asia and interested in the theme of subjectivity followed by a keynote address by eminent professor of South Asian Studies, Veena Das.
The timings of the conference are tentatively as follows (fuller program to follow):
930 am--3.15 pm Graduate Student Conference
4 pm--5.30 pm Keynote lecture by Veena Das, Krieger-Eisenhower Professor of Anthropology, Johns Hopkins University
How are legal subjects are made through a braiding of fact and fiction? In this paper, I explore the hinges and meshes through which power and knowledge flow bringing events in the neighborhood before the law and the contingencies through which sexual violence is episodically propelled into publicity or allowed to remain unacknowledged into the interstices of life in the neighborhoods I have studied. I ask how questions of intelligibility pose themselves in the scene of the courtroom, in contrast to that of the neighborhood? While I show that skepticism about that which is before one’s eyes is not ever extinguished once and for all, there are moments of overcoming through enactments that I name as an ordinary realism.