The Politics of Lament: Lecture by Shirin Rai

The lecture reflects on the representation of grieving - on those who grieve rather than those who are grievable. It will focus on those contexts in which grieving takes place, its representations in the public and the political spheres and on how we make sense of the politics of grieving. The speaker's concern is with the everyday modes of grieving, the gendered division of labour that frames it and the salience for understanding international relations as well as the cultural economy of grief through the representations of lament.

Shirin Rai is a Professor in the department of Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick. She is the Director of the Warwick Interdisciplinary Research Centre for International Development. Her research interests are in performance and politics, political institutions and the political economy of development.  Her latest book is Performing Representation: Women Members in the Indian Parliament (with Carole Spary, 2019). As Senior Fellow at ICAS: MP, she is writing a book on Depletion: The Human Costs of Caring.

Ravikant is an Associate Professor at Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi.

Thursday, 6 February 2020
5 pm, CSDS Seminar Room
29 Rajpur Road, Delhi