CANCELLED: Lecture by William T.S. Mazzarella

This is to inform that the Lecture by William T.S. Mazzarella on 18 March 2020 at CSDS is cancelled due to Coronavirus outbreak. Inconvenience Regretted.

Starting from a rethinking of Freud’s arguments about authoritarian leadership, this lecture explores how the psychoanalytic concept of "transference" may be useful in better understanding the authority of leaders and people’s willingness to follow them. In particular, the speaker asks how the relationship between repetition and transformation in transference may be understood at collective political level.

William T.S. Mazzarella is the Neukom Family Professor of Anthropology at the University of Chicago. He writes and teaches on the political anthropology of mass publicity, critical theory, affect and aesthetics, psychoanalysis, ritual and performance, and the occult shadow of the modern. He is the author of Shoveling Smoke: Advertising and Globalization in Contemporary India (2003), Censorium: Cinema and the Open Edge of Mass Publicity (2013) and The Mana of Mass Society (2017).

Ananya Vajpeyi is an Associate Professor at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi. She is a Visiting Fellow at CRASSH, Cambridge University in 2019-20.

Wednesday, 18 March 2020
5 pm, CSDS Seminar Room
29 Rajpur Road, Delhi