On 13 June Associate Professor in Cultural Studies Anirban Das (Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta) will give a lecture during the Comparative Literature Seminar titled 'Ethics and the Singularity of Terror: Reading a Moment in Mahabharata'.
Comparative Literature Seminar with Anirban Das
The lecture will read a moment in the itihasa/purana Mahabharata to produce and follow the multiple itineraries of terror and violence. Resonances of this moment expand into the contemporary in various ways, specially in the imagination of a subject responsible yet constituted in a structural manner. The reading, as the literary allows in unanticipatable ways, also traces the many axes of hierarchies at work in the event and hints at ways of responding ethically to these.
To prepare for the lecture, you are invited to read as background reading 'Of Sleep and Violence. Reading the Sauptikaparvan in Times of Terror' by Anirban Das (published in Mahābhārata Now. Narration, Aesthetics, Ethics, edited by Arindam Chakrabarti and Sibaji Bandyopadhyay, Routledge 2014).
Anirban Das is Associate Professor in Cultural Studies at the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta. After graduating in Medicine, he shifted to an interdisciplinary space in the humanities and the social sciences with a PhD in Philosophy. He is interested in and has published essays on feminist theory, postcolonial theory, the body, science studies and medical epistemology, Marxian theory and ‘theory’ in a broad sense, and has edited the first comprehensive volume on deconstruction in Bangla (2007). His academic monograph Toward a Politics of the (Im)Possible: The Body in Third World Feminisms (2010) has been published by the Anthem Press. He is currently working on three book projects and a number of essays.
The lecture is made possible with financial support from the Modern and Contemporary Literature Research Group.