Title of the talk: *The Kala of the Archive: Sexuality and Bahujan Historiography.

Title of the talk: *The Kala of the Archive: Sexuality and Bahujan Historiography.

 

Abstract:

 

My talk engages the emergence of a *devadasi *collectivity in colonial western India, the *Gomantak Maratha Samaj*, to pose two vulgar historiographical questions: (1) How does the absence and/or presence of archives secure historical futurity for Bahujan subjects? (2) What if we are to shift our attention from the recursive dialectic of paucity and plenitude, and focus instead on a history of caste that is abundant and ordinary? The challenge here is to configure a historiography that paradoxically adds value to a sedimented historical form (lost archives must be resurrected, found, produced for future gains) precisely by staging interest in its modes of reproduction.Bio-note:Anjali Arondekar is Associate Professor of Feminist Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), and Visiting Professor of Comparative Literature at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Her research engages the poetics and politics of caste, sexuality, colonialism and historiography, with a focus on South Asia. She is the author of* For the Record: On Sexuality and the Colonial Archive in India* (Duke University Press, 2009, Orient Blackswan, India, 2010), winner of the Alan Bray Memorial Book Award for best book in lesbian, gay, or queer studies, Modern Language Association (MLA), 2010. She is co-editor (with Geeta Patel) of “Area Impossible: The Geopolitics of Queer Studies,” *GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies* (2016). Her current book project, *Abundance: On Sexuality and Historiography*, grows out of her interest in the figurations of sexuality, ethics and collectivity in colonial British and Portuguese India.

 

Event Date: 
Tuesday, 27 June 2017 - 2:30pm
Venue: 
Seminar Hall, Department of HSS
IIT Bombay, Powai, Mumbai