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Special Lecture – Composing Violence: The Limits of Exposure and Hindu Nationalism in India, Dr. Moyukh Chatterjee

Apr. 22 @ 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

April 22 at 5:00 PM in SCB 1500, Reception to follow.

How is religious nationalist violence reshaping democracies throughout the world today? Join us as Dr. Moyukh Chatterjee explains how highly
visible acts of political violence against India’s Muslim minority in 2002 catalyzed radical changes in law, public culture, and power. Far from being quashed through its exposure by activists, media, and politicians, state-sanctioned anti-Muslim violence set the stage for state. Chatterjee contends that violence has become a constitutive feature of modern democracy: riots and pogroms produce a society based on a vilified minority and a triumphant majority.

About Speaker Dr. Moyukh Chatterjee

Dr. Moyukh Chatterjee is a Lecturer in the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Edinburgh and author of Composing Violence: The Limits of Exposure and the Making of Minorities (Duke University Press, 2023). His work on law, violence, and justice has appeared in the American Ethnologist; Law, Culture and the Humanities; Distinktion: Journal of Social Theory, and the Economic and Political Weekly.