Author Meets Critics: Intimate Geopolitics: Love, Territory, and the Future on India’s Northern Threshold by Sara Smith

Type: Virtual Panel
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Day: 4/11/2021
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:15 AM (PDT)
Room: Virtual 28
Organizers: Pavithra Vasudevan, Mabel Gergan
Chairs: Mabel Gergan


“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.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
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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