Jisha Menon | Aesthetics of Waste: Consumer Desire and its Detritus in India

Lecture | September 17 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Jisha Menon, Associate Professor of Theater and Performance Studies and Director of the Centre for South Asia at Stanford University

 Munis Faruqui, Director, Institute for South Asia Studies; Sarah Kailath Professor of India Studies; Associate Professor in the Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies

 Sugata Ray, Associate Professor, History of Art Department, UC Berkeley

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies, South Asia Art Initiative at UC Berkeley, Department of History of Art

Join us for a talk by Associate Professor of Theater and Performance Studies and Director of the Centre for South Asia at Stanford University, Prof. Jisha Menon.

Abstract
This talk examines artworks that take salvaged objects as their inspiration. These artworks reveal the relational dynamics and porous borders between persons and things, and allow us to see how contemporary capitalism in India produces cultures of obsolescence that render not only commodities as waste but also mark people as having outlived their value and utility.

About the Speaker
Jisha Menon, Associate Professor of Theater and Performance Studies and Director of the Centre for South Asia at Stanford University, teaches courses at the intersection of postcolonial theory and performance studies. She received her M.A. in English Literature from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and her Ph.D in Drama from Stanford University. Her research interests lie at the intersection of religion and secularity, gender and nationalism, cosmopolitanism and globalization. She has published essays on the Indian partition, diasporic feminist theatre, political violence in South Asia, transnational queer theory, and neoliberal urbanism. Her book, Performance of Nationalism: India, Pakistan and the Memory of Partition (Cambridge UP, 2013), considers the affective and performative dimensions of nation-making. The book recuperates the idea of "mimesis" to think about political history and the crisis of its aesthetic representation, while also paying attention to the mimetic relationality that undergirds the encounter between India and Pakistan. She is also at work on a second project, Pedestrian Acts: Performing the City in Neoliberal India, which considers new narrations of selfhood that are produced at the intersection of neoliberal state, global market and consumer fantasy. She is co-editor, with Patrick Anderson, of a volume of essays, Violence Performed: Local Roots and Global Routes of Conflict (Palgrave-Macmillan Press, 2009) that explores the coimbrication of violence, performance, and modernity in a variety of geopolitical spaces..

Read more about Prof. Menon at her homepage HERE

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Event made possible with the support of the Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies

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