by Danish Sheikh
Thursday 23 July 2020, 3:30 pm via Zoom
How might dissent be conducted in a manner that is reparative? I place this question in the context of dissenting practices that emerge in relation to the colonial anti-sodomy law in India.
My thesis identifies acts of dissent across different spaces: in the theatre, in academic writing, in activist engagement, and in the space of legal pedagogy. These acts occupy a prefigurative mode, performing the change they intend to seek. Drawing upon theatre and performance studies, I track the reparative as it moves across these spaces; at times generating hope and evoking the utopian, at others providing a space for mourning and remembrance.