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Resisting Occupation in Kashmir

Resisting the Occupation in Kashmir
Dr. Mona Bhan (DePauw University, USA), Dr. Haley Duschinski (Ohio University, USA), Dr. Goldie Osuri (University of Warwick, UK)

Date: 17 July 2018Time: 5:00 PM

Finishes: 17 July 2018Time: 6:30 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: B204

Type of Event: Book Launch


The Office of the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights recently released an extensive report on the human rights situation in Kashmir, urging both countries to take immediate measures to put an end to human rights violations and uphold the Kashmiri right to self-determination as protected under international law. The report has recentered international attention on Kashmir's provisional accession to India and revived the UN's stakes and responsibilities in resolving the Kashmir issue in accordance with people's aspirations. Our talk will discuss the larger political context that preceded the publication of the report by focusing on political events since 2016 and the shifting registers of occupation and resistance that have shaped the everyday lives of people and communities in Kashmir Valley and other regions of Kashmir. Our talk will build on our recently published edited book, Resisting Occupation in Kashmir, which analyzes the social and legal logic of India's occupation of Kashmir in relation to colonialism, militarization, power, democracy, and sovereignty, focusing specifically on the years between 2010 and 2014. Foregrounding the voices of Kashmiri scholars, the book traces how Kashmiri youth used music, rap, art, and other modes of cultural production to reimagine the freedom struggle in the twenty-first century, and offered alternative ways of conceptualizing the past, present, and future of the region. In our talk, we will discuss how the intensification of state violence and repression since 2016 has transformed the nature of resistance in Kashmir and strengthened global civil society initiatives that challenge India's illegal occupation of Kashmir.


Dr. Mona Bhan (Depauw University, USA) and Dr. Haley Duschinski (Ohio University, USA)

Discussant: Dr. Goldie Osuri (University of Warwick, UK)


Dr. Mona Bhan  is Otto L. Sonder Jr. Professor of Anthropology at DePauw University, Indiana. She is also the co-editor of HIMALAYA, the journal of the Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies. Bhan has authored Counterinsurgency, Development, and the Politics of Identity: From Warfare to Welfare? (Routledge); and co-authored Climate without Nature: A Critical Anthropology of the Anthropocene (Cambridge). She recently co-edited a book on Kashmir, Resisting Occupation in Kashmir (UPenn), with scholars from the Critical Kashmir Studies collective of which she is a founder member.

Dr. Haley Duschinski is Associate Professor of Anthropology; Director of the Center for Law, Justice & Culture; and Graduate Director of the new MA program in Law, Justice & Culture at Ohio University. She is a legal and political anthropologist with research specializations in violence, war, and power; law and society; human rights, militarization and impunity; and law and memory in Kashmir. She is co-editor of the recently published edited volume Resisting Occupation in Kashmir (University of Pennsylvania Press). She is a founding member of the Critical Kashmir Studies scholarly collective and co-editor of a recent special issue of Journal of Legal Pluralism and Unofficial Law on comparative studies of occupation.

Goldie Osuri is Associate Professor in Sociology at the University of Warwick, UK. Her current research addresses the relationship between sovereignty (political authority), (post) colonialism, and resistance with reference to the experience of colonialism and occupation in (post) colonial contexts.She has recently published on this work in Third World Quarterly and Third World Thematics. She is author of Religious Freedom in India: Sovereignty and (Anti) Conversion, Routledge, 2013. She has published in journals such as Media, Culture & Society, Cultural Critique, Social Semiotics, Cultural Studies Review, Southern Review, Critical Race and Whiteness Studies e-journal, South Asian Popular Culture, Somatechnics, and Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies.

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