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This talk engages the emergence of a devadasi collectivity in colonial Portuguese India, the Gomantak Maratha Samaj, to pose two vulgar historiographical questions: (1) How does the absence and/or presence of archives secure historical futurity for sexuality's subjects in South Asia? (2) What if we are to shift our attention from the recursive dialectic of paucity and plenitude, and focus instead on a history of sexuality that is both incommensurable and quotidian, recalcitrant and ordinary? The challenge here is to configure a historiography that paradoxically adds value to a sedimented historical form (lost archives must be resurrected, found, produced for future gains) precisely by staging interest in its modes of reproduction.

10383 Bunche Hall 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

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