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War and Intimate Violence: Reading the Ethnographic Record in the Light of the Mahabharata

Title
War and Intimate Violence: Reading the Ethnographic Record in the Light of the Mahabharata
Speaker(s)
Professor Veena Das
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Date and Time
18th Jun 2014 18:00 – 18th Jun 2014 20:00
Location
The Symposium Hall, Hill Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9DW
Audience
UoE Staff; UoE Students; Public
Booking Information
Booking via Eventbrite https://chrystalmacmillanlecture2014.eventbrite.co.uk
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.
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