The Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften: EventsThursday, 27 October 2022, 11:00
Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften, Am Wingertsberg 4, 61348 Bad Homburg
Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften of Goethe University
Anindya Sekhar Purakayastha (Kazi Nazrul University)
»Fraternal Enmity: Violence as Popular Sovereignty«
The leitmotif of undifferentiated »national unity« as the normative logic of the political, finds wider popular purchase. But what role does violence play when the category of the political is mediated by forceful justification of the singular and the uniform? This project deconstructs the catastrophic function of violence as normative popular will or as legitimate manifestation of people's sovereignty. It draws on close readings of two recent works - Violent Fraternity: Indian Political Thought in the Global Age (Kapila, 2021) and Mahabharate Hingsha (Violence in the Epic, Mahabharata, Bhattacharya, 2022).
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