Carol Rifelj Faculty Lecture Series- Debt and Mourning in South Asia
–Franklin Environmental Center, The Orchard-Hillcrest 103
531 College Street
Middlebury, VT 05753 View in Campus Map
Open to the Public
Abhijeet Paul, C3 Mellon Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow, will speak on how oral, literary, and performative texts and practices owe a large debt to mourning. Taking cues from traditional and non-traditional forms of textile work in relation to debt-gift practices in South Asia, I show how mourning mediates loss of nature, ethics, and community. This occasions a closer look at mourning through particular forms like biraha (separation) and bidesiya (foreignness) and other nostalgic forms of representation in three Indian languages: Bengali, Hindi, and Bhojpuri. The talk concludes by suggesting that even television and media spectacles of loss in contemporary South Asia and beyond create opportunities for mourning in contemporary life.
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King, Sandra A.