Engaging Vulnerability Research Seminar

Uppsala University
Schedule, Fall 2022

Time: Thursdays at 10.15-12.00
Venue: Campus Engelska parken, room ENG 3-2028
The seminars are conducted in English.
For more information and readings, contact mats.hyvonen@antro.uu.se
Previous seminar series:
Schedule, spring 2016
Schedule, fall 2016
Schedule, spring 2017
Schedule, fall 2017
Schedule, spring 2018
Schedule, fall 2018
Schedule, spring 2019
Schedule, fall 2019
Schedule, spring 2020
Schedule, fall 2020
Schedule, spring 2021
Schedule, fall 2021
Schedule, spring 2022

Webinar 3 in the webinar series “Clashing Vulnerabilities”: Date (in September) TBA

YAMINI NARAYANAN, “Mother Dairy: A More-Than-Human Politics of India’s Cow Protectionism”

Hindu ultranationalist politics (called Hindutva) seeks to narrowly reconceptualise India as a “Hindu state”. Cows figure prominently in this imaginary. India criminalises cow slaughter, based on the well-known Hindu reverence of cows as sacred. However, during the reign of the ruling Hindu nationalist party, BJP, India has also become one of the largest global producers of beef. This talk addresses this seeming puzzle by demonstrating how the cow-worshipping, beef-criminalising, aspirational Hindu state obscures an industrial scale of underground cow slaughter. Unwanted dairy cows are illicitly transported to slaughterhouses, in ways that create and exploit the vulnerabilities both of ‘low’ caste Dalits and Muslims (who perform the risky, racialized labour of slaughtering cows), and the cows, which are racialized and Hinduised. Seeking to overcome the anthropocentrism of the people vs. animals impasse that characterises much political debate, I conclude with some thoughts on a post-dairy society, one based on an ethic that is anti-caste, anti-anthropocentric, and anti-Hindutva.

Theme “Failure”, seminar 2: Thursday September 15, in room 3-2028, English Park Campus

More info TBA

Theme “Failure”, seminar 3: Thursday October 13, in room 3-2028, English Park Campus

More info TBA

Half-time seminar, Ida Grönroos: Tuesday December 20, in room 4-2007, English Park Campus

More info TBA

English Park Campus – Centre for the humanities: http://www.engelskaparken.uu.se/?languageId=1