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Dr Purnima Mankekar

"Affective Publics: Identity, Temporality, and Race in the Aftermath of September 11, 2001"

"Affective Publics: Identity, Temporality, and Race in the Aftermath of September 11, 2001"
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Starts on 29 October 2009 "Affective Publics: Identity, Temporality, and Race in the Aftermath of September 11, 2001"

Abstract:

In this talk, the speaker traces the reconfiguration of 'publics' in the United States since September 11, 2001. She is particularly interested in how affect and temporality have converged to recharge the semiotics of recognition and misrecognition for racialized and minoritized subjects living in the San Francisco Bay Area after September 11, 2001. She draws upon two empirical archives, interviews with Sikh and Muslim South Asians, and some of the policies and enunciations of the U.S. state and its representatives. She argues that the articulation of religion and race that occurred after September 11, 2001 was not unprecedented; these old-new signs of racialization displayed multiple temporalities through an accumulation of affective value.




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