Lucinda Ramberg, "Clinical Encounters and Citizenship Projects in South India"Lucinda Ramberg, "Clinical Encounters and Citizenship Projects in South India"http://www.haverford.edu/calendar/details/259481KINSC Hilles 109 2014-02-06T16:30:002014-02-06T18:00:00
February 6, 4:30PM–6:00PM
KINSC Hilles 109
Distinguished Visitor Lucinda Ramberg, Assistant Professor, Anthropology & Feminist, Gender, Sexuality Studies, Cornell University
Dedicated to a South Indian goddess, devadasis are priests in a healing cult whose non-conjugal sexuality has been designated ‘prostitution’ and subjected to eradication by the state. Based on ethnographic research, this talk considers them in two ways they cross the threshold of the clinic, as ‘vectors of disease’ and as sex worker peer educators, in order to think about the bio-politics of citizenship in postcolonial India. If biopolitical citizenship describes the way the state takes hold of their bodies, dedication describes the way the devi Yellamma claims them. Ramberg juxtaposes these two ways of embodying power as a means to mark the limits of secular social scientific terms of recognition.
Lucinda Ramberg is Assistant Professor in Anthropology and Feminist, Gender & Sexuality Studies at Cornell University where she teaches courses in feminist and queer theory, kinship, the body, religion and medical anthropology. Her first book, Given to the Goddess: South Indian Devadasis and the Sexuality of Religion is forthcoming from Duke University Press in 2014. She holds a PhD in Medical Anthropology from UC Berkeley, an MA from Union Theological Seminary, and an AB from Bryn Mawr College.
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