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Introduction

Language at the Edge of the Nation

Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research
Jamia Millia Islamia
 
cordially invites you to a talk
by
 
Dr. Rita Kothari
Associate Professor
Humanities and Social Sciences
IIT Gandhinagar
 
on
‘Language at the Edge of the Nation
 
Date:
Monday, April 15, 2013, at 3:00 pm
 
Venue:
Library-cum-Documentation Centre
Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research
Second Floor, Academy of International Studies Building Annexe
 
 
Abstract:

At the border dividing India from Pakistan near the Rann of Kutch, Sindhi speaking Muslim pastoralists live out a reality away from the popular as well as official imagination of Gujarat. Arguing that by religion, occupation and language these are remote and marginal to a neo-liberal and entrepreneural Gujarat, the presentation shows how they negotiate with this marginalisation by border-crossing and border-making. Language is an important part of self-construction in the region of Banni (where the inquiry is situated). Language provides the opportunity to see how the people of Banni fashion their selves and posit critiques to homogenizing ideas of nations. Language is also the profit and loss of an ethnographer-translator who seeks to 're-present' the text and context inventing along the way equivalent frameworks of meaning and social categories. The talk is based on Dr. Rita Kothari's recent work, Memories and Movements : Borders and Communities in Banni,Kutch, Gujarat (Orient Blackswan, 2013).

 

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