This panel conversation brings together the panelist’s work, their influences in Arif’s book and resonant themes. The arguments in the book draw their momentum from that remarkable body of work and offer a direction into a social future proposed as afterlives. A deliberation on a politics of life finds expression through Timothy Campbell’s powerful work on biopower and biopolitics. His nuanced work with Roberto Esposito’s writings is a core perspective, which lends itself to the shaping of the political. Ajay Skaria’s insightful and rich writings on Gandhi and his legacy for understanding majoritarian politics provide a significant contribution. His reading of Gandhi’s political and moral philosophy shapes an intervention in the contemporary.
Yasmeen Arif is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Delhi, India. Life, Emergent (UMN Press 2016) challenges conventional understandings of biopolitics, weaving a politics of life through the lens of life, not death. Arguing that the “letting die” element of biopolitics has been overemphasized, Yasmeen Arif zeroes in on “making live,” highlighting the means and forms of life configured in the aftermath—or afterlives—of violent events in contexts of law, justice, community, and identity.
Timothy Campbell is Professor in the Department of Romance Studies at Cornell University. He is the author of Wireless Writing in the Age of Marconi (2006, Minnesota), Improper Life: Biopolitics and Technology from Heidegger to Agamben (2011, Minnesota), and The Techne of Giving: Cinema and the Generous Form of Life (2016, Fordham). Along with Adam Sitze, he co-edited Biopolitics: A Reader (2013, Duke) and is the editor of the series Commonalities for Fordham University Press. Currently, he is translating Carlo Diano’s Form and Event and working on his next project — a genealogy of scarcity.
Jean Langford is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Minnesota. Recently, she is author of Wilder Powers: Morality and Animality in Tales of War and Terror (HAU Journal of Ethnographic Theory, 2013) and Consoling Ghosts: Stories of Medicine and Mourning from Southeast Asians in Exile (UMN Press, 2013).
Ajay Skaria is a scholar of South Asian Politics and History and is associated with Postcolonial and Subaltern Studies. He is currently a Professor in the Department of History at the University of Minnesota. His most recent publication, is a book entitled Unconditional Equality: Gandhi’s Religion of Resistance.
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