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H-ASIA Mar 16 2011 Seeking Panelists: Annual Conference on South Asia (reposted) **************************************** From: Nusrat Sabina Chowdhury <email@example.com> Dear Moderator, I am sending again the CFP for our proposed panel for the Madison conference. In the post sent out yesterday the abstract came out all jumbled and was hard to read. This time I have attached it as a document as well. Hopefully it will look OK this time around. Thanks much. Nusrat Chowdhury [ed note: sometimes the text of a message sent to us for posting may contain "return" commands that break up the sentences awkwardly when posted, and it is hard to tell this in advance of posting. Best to make sure that the text is properly formatted before sending it to us.] CFP: Annual Conference on South Asia, Madison, WI, October 20-23, 2011 Panel Title: Regimes of Representation: Theorizing Contemporary Politics Organizers: Shefali Jha, Nusrat S Chowdhury (University of Chicago) Discussant: William Mazzarella (University of Chicago) In a familiar model of the political, a people assert its sovereign status in the right to choose and dismiss its spokespersons. Thus, “representative government” most readily springs to mind as the conceptual equivalent of “democracy.” While we know that the persistently chaotic forms of mass politics in South Asia and elsewhere have posed a serious challenge to this hegemonic view, in this panel we seek to complicate the direction of this relationship between representation and politics. We ask how the desires and affective energies words and images tap into, that is, representation in another sense, allow us a glimpse into the fabric of the political. How do existent and emergent regimes of representation contribute to the making of political constituencies? In what ways do they urge us to look closely at bounded spaces – neighborhoods, cities, nation-states – as sites where specific vocabularies and institutions find a home and a performative charge? For instance, secular politics reads the specter of terror into its other by marking certain spaces and vocabularies as backward and dangerous, while images of violence against the illegal migrant, all-too-easily subsumed in the category of “terrorist,” bring into relief the intimacy of terror and territoriality. Certain representations may also help erase tensions between the logic of consumerism and the fantasies of development that often get laminated on the urban-rural spatiotemporal divide. How could our scholarly inquiries – ethnographic or historical – tell us more about these conflicts, terrors, *and* potentialities of democratic politics today? We seek contributions that speak to the concerns raised in the panel about the powers of representation in modern South Asian politics. Please submit 250-word abstracts to Shefali Jha (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Nusrat S Chowdhury (email@example.com) by March 21 to be considered. The panel submission deadline is April 1, 2011. ------------------------------ -- Nusrat S Chowdhury Doctoral Candidate Department of Anthropology University of Chicago