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Professor Veena Das to Deliver 2014 Chrystal Macmillan Lecture

Professor Veena Das, of Johns Hopkins University, will be visiting Edinburgh to deliver the 2014 Chrystal Macmillan lecture on Wednesday 18th June.

Professor Das has been published extensively and is an established figure within Indian anthropology. Beyond India, her research also looks into the anthropology of violence, social suffering, and subjectivity. She will be speaking on the topic of:

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.

Professor Das will receive an honorary degree from the University of Edinburgh during her visit and will also be taking part in the 2014 Association of Social Anthropologists conference.

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