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Law School Research Seminar - Oishik Sircar, Jindal Global Law School

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Title: 'Violent Modernities: Cultural Lives of Law in the New India'

Abstract: In this talk Oishik Sircar will reflect on the motivations behind his latest book Violent Modernities (OUP, 2021) which shows that law and violence in the New India share a deep intimacy, where one symbiotically feeds the other. Researched and written between 2008 and 2018, the book studies the cultural sites of literature, cinema, people's movements, popular media and the university to illustrate how law's promises of emancipation and performances of violence live a life of entangled contradictions. The book foregrounds reparative and ethical accounts where law does not only inhabit courtrooms, legislations and judgments, but also lives in the quotidian and minor practices of disobediences, uncertainties, vulnerabilities, double binds and failures. When the cultural lives of law are reimagined as such, the book argues, the violence at the foundations of modern law in the postcolony begins to unravel.

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