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Seminar About a ‘Sensuous Understanding of the Political’ At AUD


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  How to Make Sense?
Sensuousness, Method, and Politics
A Workshop on Research
Shivani Kapoor
Venue:  CR 12, Ambedkar University Delhi, Kashmere Gate
Time:  2-4 PM
Date:  17-November-2015 (Tuesday)

Social sciences, especially disciplines within it like, political science, have hardly engaged with the question of senses and the sensory ordering of politics. Located as they are in the body, the five (and sometimes more) senses have often been relegated to either natural sciences or the fields of medicine, thereby eliminating the political from the study of the senses and obscuring the sensory from politics. This is even though the social and political field offers us a deeply sensuous phenomenon, usually categorized into banal and anesthetic categories. The sensory method often employed in sensory ethnography and sensory history attempts to undo this very flattening. Based on sensory method, this session will then locate itself in these very questions to ask – What does it mean, for method and for politics, to engage with the sensuousness of our phenomenological realities.

Shivani Kapoor was teaching Political Science at Lady Sri Ram College, Delhi.  She is currently finishing her Ph.D. at Jawaharlal Nehru University on The Politics of Caste and Smell’s Production:  A Study of the Leather Industry in Uttar Pradesh. Her areas of interest include the political, caste, and the epistemology of the sensory.


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