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Cornell-Syracuse 2016 Symposium -- Gujarat / Guatemala: Marketing Care and Speculating Life


Friday, May 6 at 1:30 p.m. & Saturday, May 7 at 9:30a.m., ILR Conference Center, Room 423.

The Cornell-Syracuse South Asia Consortium 2016 Symposium features: Gladys Tzul Tzul, visual artist/public intellectual/activist; Karen Smith Rotabi, United Arab Emirates University; Kaushik Sunder Rajan, University of Chicago; Sherryl Vint, University of California at Riverside; Ranjana Kumari, Center for Social Research.

By bringing the discourses of academia and activism together around the same table, our symposium seeks to put back gendered, racialized bodies, which routinely disappear in analyses of present and future biomarkets, at the center of the global economy of care. This objective is correspondingly encoded in the geographic specificity of the event’s title. Instead of taking the widely acknowledged deterritorialization of both bodies and bodies-in-the-making as our point of departure, we center our discussions on the interface between two hard locations, Gujarat and Guatemala, in order to negotiate the symbolic and material aspects of the symposium’s subject.