Professor Banu Subramaniam (University of Massachusetts Amherst) - Making Postcolonial Bodies: The Biopolitics of Hindu Nationalism
Professor Banu Subramaniam is visiting the Science Studies Colloquium Series. Subramaniam is a professor of women, gender and sexuality studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Subramaniam won the 2016 Ludwik Fleck Prize for the book “Ghost Stories for Darwin: The Science of Variation and the Politics of Diversity".
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Making Postcolonial Bodies: The Biopolitics of Hindu Nationalism
This paper explores how science and religion come together in in contemporary Hindu nationalism to create a very particular and powerful biopolitical imaginary. Religious nationalists have selectively, and strategically, used rhetoric from both science and Hinduism, modernity and orthodoxy, western and eastern thought to build a powerful but potentially dangerous vision of a Hindu nation. With aspirations for a global and modern Hinduism, scientific and religious practices in contemporary India are inextricably interconnected and result in fluid processes and practices of both institutions. The case of India reminds us about both the transnational stakes of science as well as the local instantiations that challenge enlightenment narratives of reason and unreason. Ultimately to understand contemporary technoscience in India, we need new epistemological and methodological tools, and story making practices to make visible the many phantasmogoric natural and cultural worlds within.