ASCA International Workshop 2013: Dislocating Agency - Moving Objects

Wednesday, 17 April 2013 (All day) - Friday, 19 April 2013 (All day)

Alessandra Marino speaks at the ASCA International Workshop 2013: Dislocating Agency - Moving Objects in Amsterdam on the 17 - 19 April.

Alessandra will present a paper 'Acts of writing and relation building: the locations of politics'.

In the case of contemporary environmental activism in India, literary texts have not only been crucial in spreading local struggles across borders (e.g., Vandana Shiva, Arundhati Roy, Mahasweta Devi), but also intervened in the material creation of associative bonds amongst activists and common citizens. Exploring the case of Devi’s writing on adivasis in Purulia and Roy’s on the Narmada valley, I dwell on the idea of ‘collective narrations’ as vehicles of transmission of a productive affective force (Sara Ahmed). Referring to Engin Isin’s concept of acts of citizenship, I highlight the political potential of literary writing by proposing to consider Devi and Roy’s writings as ‘acts’: they enact a distinctive performative force, intervene in socio-cultural change and shed a new light on the relation between the author and the context of textual production.

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