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IAS Lecture: by Professor Purnima Mankekar (Asian/American Studies UCLA)

IAS Lecture: The Dangerous Erotics of the (Missing) Foreskin: Love Jihad and Digital Affect in India


Professor Purnima Mankekar trained as a cultural anthropologist, Purnima Mankekar has conducted interdisciplinary research on media and publics/public cultures with a focus on the politics of affect. She is currently completing a book on affective labor and the production of futurities in the Business Process Outsourcing industry in Bengaluru, India titled Future Tense: Affective Labor and Disjunctive Temporalities (co-authored with Akhil Gupta). She is the initiator and convener of an international and interdisciplinary consortium of scholars working on a collective project, Publics on Edge, that seeks to examine how transnational regimes of affect shape politics in Asia, Australia, and Europe. Her first book, Screening Culture, Viewing Politics (Duke; 1999) examined the role of state-run television in the affective construction of “Indian Womanhood.” Her most recent book, Unsettling India: Affect, Temporality, Transnationality (2015; Duke 2015) was on how transnational public cultures constitute India as an archive of affect and temporality. Her co-edited books include Caste and Outcast (co-edited with Gordon Chang and Akhil Gupta; Stanford University Press; 2002) and Media, Erotics, and Transnational Asia (co-edited with Louisa Schein; Duke; 2013). She has received numerous awards and fellowships for her research including a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship at Duke University (1997-98), a Bunting Fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University (2000-01), a Stanford University Humanities Center fellowship (2005-06), and was a senior research fellow at the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore (2013).

Prof Mankekar will be hosted by Prof Emily KeightleyDr Jasmine Hornabrook and Dr Clelia Clini through our Nation Theme. 

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