Interiors: Public lecture Tuesday, 3 May 2011 at 5pm
Ranjana Khanna (Duke University) ‘Asylum’
In this lecture Ranjana Khanna will analyze conceptual links among different sites designated by the term asylum.? Extending insights concerning one institutional setting (the mental asylum) to asylum’s most expansive version (the nation), she will highlight the manner in which asylums are bound not only by borders but also by strict rules. The space of asylum suggests the rights of institutions over living bodies, rather than the rights of citizens emerging into different spaces. Through figures of sovereignty and subjectivity, asylum highlights the ways in which the sovereign intervenes in lives to formulate concepts of the human and the valuable. This feminist analysis of asylum ‘related to philosophy, literature, film, art, and architecture’ reconceptualizes the boundaries of modernism and its notions of interiors and interiority. Ranjana Khanna works on Anglo- and Francophone Postcolonial theory and literature, Psychoanalysis, and Feminist theory. She has published articles on transnational feminism and psychoanalysis in journals such as Diacritics, Art History, positions: east asia critique, Screen, Signs, Third Text, The Duke Journal of Law and Gender. She is the author of two books: Dark Continents: Psychoanalysis and Colonialism (Duke University Press, 2003) and Algeria Cuts: Women and Representation 1830 to the present (Stanford University Press, 2008). Her current book project in progress is entitled Asylum: The Concept and the Practice.
Masterclass: Wednesday, 4 May, 10-12 Ranjana Khanna Masterclass University Place: 3.212 (with Carol Mavor, AHVS and Anastasia Valassopoulos, EAS) see CIDRA website for further information: http://www.arts.manchester.ac.uk/cidra/events/publiclectureseriesinteriors/