“Intimate geopolitics” begins with a love story set in the Himalayan region of Ladakh on India’s northern threshold. This book is about territory and the ways that love, marriage, and young people are caught up in and revealing of contemporary global processes and demographic fever dreams that seek to define insiders and outsiders in relation to borders and national identity. Children grow up to adopt a religious identity, to be counted in the census, and to vote in elections; when religion, population, and voting blocs are implicitly tied to territorial sovereignty, marriage across religious boundaries (and contraception) become geopolitical problems. This book populates territory, a conventionally masculine and abstract rendering of space, with the stories of those who live through territorial struggle at marriage and birth ceremonies, in the kitchen and in the bazaar, in heartbreak and in joy. Intimate geopolitics argues for the incorporation of the role of time – temporality – into our understanding of territory.
This Author-Meets-Critics panel brings Sara Smith into conversation with interlocutors with expertise in feminist and political geography, ethnography, postcolonial and critical development studies, and South Asian studies. Panelists include Ather Zia, Emily Yeh, Jennifer Fluri, and Rupak Shrestha. Sara Smith will respond to the panelists and take questions from the audience.
|Introduction||Mabel Gergan Vanderbuilt University||5||8:00 AM|
|Panelist||Emily Yeh University of Colorado||12||8:05 AM|
|Panelist||Rupak Shrestha University of Colorado, Boulder||12||8:17 AM|
|Panelist||Jennifer Fluri University of Colorado, Boulder||12||8:29 AM|
|Panelist||Dalia Bhattacharjee University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill||12||8:41 AM|
|Panelist||Ather Zia University of Northern Colorado||12||8:53 AM|
|Panelist||Sara Smith University of North Carolina||10||9:05 AM|
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