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21 Apr
Room 701, 1 Washington Place
Apr 21, 2020 | 6:30 PM-8:00 PM

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My Land without the Constitution: Delusional States, Ecology and Affective Politics in Pakistan and Kashmir

In this talk, sociologist and Gallatin Global Faculty-in-Residence Nosheen Ali will interrogate the emotional and intimate logics of citizenship and state-making in Kashmir, a contested borderland between India and Pakistan that forms one of the most militarized zones in the world. She will look at the region of Gilgit-Baltistan, a permanently suspended, constitution-less space within Pakistan that is ruled through executive orders due to its imbrication in the Kashmir conflict. Ali will illuminate how within the hate-centered nationalisms of India and Pakistan lie other stories—of love and betrayal, loyalty and suspicion, beauty and terror—that help us grasp how the Kashmir conflict is affectively structured and experienced on the ground. She will further elaborate the working of delusional states that oscillate between omnipotence and total insecurity, the place of ecology in the making of state power, as well as people's struggles for constitutional rule in the region.

 

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