Was having a conversation with friends a while ago about sundry topics, but mostly centering around this idea brought up by one of us expressed in Dialectic of Enlightenment (which I haven’t read). However, as someone who is currently studying colonialism and histories of Western imperialism, it’s an argument that is vaguely familiar– that Enlightenment values… Read More Pleiotropy
I went to a panel featuring Dipesh Chakrabarty today, who is one of the few academics I get all starry-eyed about. The conversation also included several other really brilliant scholars, so it was a rich and engaging discussion. I didn’t take notes (bad decision), and all the thoughts and arguments are jumbled in my head,… Read More History Calling
Some scattered thoughts in light of a few events I’ve attended in recent weeks and of what is currently going on at my old university. To be an person of color is often to be a teacher by compulsion, by un-intention. For many, sometimes well-intentioned, people you exist as an educational resource. They don’t notice… Read More Activism, Feelings, Language
we’re reading a bunch of arjun appadurai on diaspora and the cultural this week and his thoughts on the subject are horizon-broadening. I haven’t read much appadurai at all before, but from what i gather one of his main preoccupations is with the ways mass culture (mass media, but also i would say the medias… Read More Scapes
That is a sentiment that comes up a lot when studying late colonialism that needs to be defended constantly. Certain actions taken under liberal imperialism– imperialism supposedly guided by liberal Enlightenment thinking– of the British raj, which I study a lot, necessitate it. The sentiment is dredged up when thinking about those historical instances in… Read More It’s Still Bad
Today I attended a talk about temple animal sacrifices and laws regulating them in Tamil Nadu. It was a fascinating talk, more than I expected it to be. In brief, it was about the practice of animal sacrifice at certain smaller temples in Tamil Nadu during festivals, the politics of a 1950 law (theoretically) banning… Read More Dead goats, laws
As often happens when I’m in school, the days bleed into one another, leaving only a few splotches distinguishable here and there. In the past week or so I was finally ‘inducted’ into the research centre at which I won a small grant, and the people seem quite nice. I arrived 15 minutes early to… Read More Weeks 2-3-4?