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Urban Intensities

Urban Intensities
170 St. George Street, Room 616
Time: Sep 28th, 4:00 pm End: Sep 28th, 5:30 pm
Interest Categories: Ethics, Diaspora/Transnational, Cities and Humanities, 2000-
Talk by Harris Solomon, Duke University

The Centre for Diaspora & Transnational Studies presents

Professor Harris Solomon, Duke University

Urban Intensities

What does it mean to solve a city through bodies? This paper draws from ongoing ethnographic research in a municipal public hospital casualty ward in Mumbai. The ward’s denizens question and critique its scenes of shock, injury, and death, and do so across technoscientific forms such as railway accidents, car crashes, life support, forensics, and medical inquests. Their ethics and actions cut through genres of sociality, including state bureaucracy, hospital emergency drama, detective mystery, and pulp crime. Knowing and feeling noir urbanism meshes with knowing and feeling bodily injury and repair. This raises broader questions about reasoning bodies and cities in tandem.

This event is free and open to all. Registration is not required. For further information, contact the Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies at 416 946 8464.


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