April 2022 – Death De-Eroticized: Counting and Countering Invisible Deaths in India

In April 2022, #RadDeathReads seeks to break down Indian stereotypes by focusing on an Indian perspective, while acknowledging the limitations of representation This #RadDeathReads was curated by Dr. Joeeta Pal.

From an external gaze, India seems to fall into one of two stereotypes: on the one hand, India is seen as the land of poverty, heat and dirt, half-naked urchins with wasting bodies; on the other India is the land of the maharajah with the tiger skin or the blending of yoga and the Kama Sutra – seamless silken cloth. This April #RadDeathReads breaks down these ideas by focusing on an Indian perspective, while acknowledging the limitations of representation. The month begins by trying to account for diversity through funerals and death practices. We move on to the horrors of the colonial state and the reverberations it left behind. In the third week, we will view the spectre of mass death through the pandemic, particularly reflecting on inequalities in death. In the final week we understand mass death in indirect ways as it engages with and is shaped by local and global forces. 

WEEK 1 (Apr. 9 & 10): 
The Many Ways of Letting Go: Tracking Variations in Funerary Practices

WEEK 2 (Apr. 16 & 17): 
Colonial Violence and the Establishing of the Invisible

WEEK 3 (Apr. 23 & 24): 
Pandemic Losses: The Failures and Successes of Invisibilisation

WEEK 4 (Apr. 30 & May 1): 
Looking the Other Way: Spaces for Stories of the Invisible



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