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Partitions and the Making of Peoples

Dates:
  • Wed 07 Dec 2011 11.30 - 13.00
  Add to Calendar 2011-12-07 11:30 2011-12-07 13:00 Europe/Paris Partitions and the Making of Peoples

In the framework of Europe in the World Forum

This paper proposes a critical historiography of the 1940s partitions of India, Palestine and Germany by questioning the national categories of conventional analysis. The partitions were not only temporally limited events but founded enduring structures that inserted a “repetition compulsion” in the architecture of these state’s foundations. By presuming fantasized homelands for declared nations, the terms of the discussion—whether for or against partition—load the state dice as culturally homogenous, with or without “minorities,” rather than as spaces of plural political subjectivities. What they reveal is that, at the very least, the identity dilemmas brushed over by the political science approaches are deferred and metastasized after partition.

Sala Europa, Villa Schifanoia - SCHIFANOIA DD/MM/YYYY
  Sala Europa, Villa Schifanoia - SCHIFANOIA

In the framework of Europe in the World Forum

This paper proposes a critical historiography of the 1940s partitions of India, Palestine and Germany by questioning the national categories of conventional analysis. The partitions were not only temporally limited events but founded enduring structures that inserted a “repetition compulsion” in the architecture of these state’s foundations. By presuming fantasized homelands for declared nations, the terms of the discussion—whether for or against partition—load the state dice as culturally homogenous, with or without “minorities,” rather than as spaces of plural political subjectivities. What they reveal is that, at the very least, the identity dilemmas brushed over by the political science approaches are deferred and metastasized after partition.


Location:
Sala Europa, Villa Schifanoia - SCHIFANOIA

Affiliation:
Department of History and Civilization

Type:
Lecture

Organiser:
Prof. Bartolomé Yun Casalilla (EUI and Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Sevilla)
Jorge Flores (European University Institute)
Prof. Dirk Moses

Contact:
Francesca Parenti - Send a mail

Speaker:
Prof. Dirk Moses

Discussant:
Alanna O'Malley
 

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