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Law and Literature in the Global South: Jayasinghe

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“Unhinging Border Law through Global South Narratives” with Lakmali Jayasinghe 

About the Event

In “Unhinging Border Law through Global South Narratives,” Professor Jayasinghe will explore how literary narratives from the Global South deconstruct the Anglo-American legal episteme of borders that perpetuates and justifies a neo-colonial conception of (im)mobility. Refreshments will be served.

(Zoom option available).

About the Speaker

Dharshani Lakmali Jayasinghe is Assistant Professor of Anglophone and World Literatures at the Department of English at Central Connecticut State University (CCSU). She works on topics in world literatures and film such as migration, borders, Global South epistemologies, LGBTQIA+ identities, and translation. Her work has appeared in publications such as Law and LiteratureDiburCurated: Thinking with LiteratureRouted, and Modern Fiction Studies.

About the Research Workshop

Law and Literature in the Global South is sponsored by Stanford Global Studies. The workshop series broadens the horizons of the Law and Humanities critical paradigm. Rather than conversations that center legal and cultural practices from the Global North, which are then brought to bear on “objects of study” from the South, this workshop engages with practitioners whose expertise constellates around global concerns and addresses theorizing subjects in the South. At its heart, Law and Literature in the Global South is an interdisciplinary group that adopts an expansive approach to the understanding of literature (i.e., novels and poems as well as cinema, visual culture, etc.). In this way, the group opens spaces for Law and Humanities debates at Stanford and proffer a shared platform to develop the research agendas of various faculty and graduate students related to legal cultures and cognate literatures from different locales.