"Unsettling India: Affect, Temporality and Transnationality"

On Wednesday 27 July Professor Purnima Mankekar presented a talk to students and staff, "Unsettling India: Affect, Temporality and Transnationality. Professor."

Mankekar offered a new understanding of the affective and temporal dimensions of how India and "Indianness", as objects of knowledge production and mediation, circulate through transnational public cultures. Based on over a decade of ethnographic fieldwork in New Delhi and the San Francisco Bay Area, Mankekar tracks the sense of unsettlement experienced by her informants in both places, disrupting binary conceptions of homeland and diaspora, and the national and transnational. Drawing on media and cultural studies, feminist anthropology, and Asian/Asian American studies, this book deploys unsettlement as an analytic to trace modes of belonging and not-belonging.

This event was presented by the Screen and Cultural Studies Program. Professor Purnima Mankekar is Asia Scholar in the School of Culture and Communication.

Purnima Mankekar is Professor in the Departments of Gender Studies, Asian American Studies, and Film, Television, and Digital Media at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is the author of Screening Culture, Viewing Politics: An Ethnography of Television, Womanhood, and Nation in Postcolonial India and coeditor of Media, Erotics, and Transnational Asia, both also published by Duke University Press.