Wednesday, Feb 17, 2021 12:00p -
Center for the Humanities at Tufts
Medford, MA 02155
History, Lectures & Conferences, University, Virtual & Streaming
Baton charges, rubber bullets, water cannons, and volleys of tear gas are familiar etchings of police brutality. These flashes of violence undulate across time and space, from the colonial to the postcolonial sphere, subsuming the world in a vicious embrace. News headlines from India to Hong Kong testify to this brutal legacy of colonial rule. Faced with this vicious anthology, it is tempting to reduce the police to a tool of law enforcement. In this talk, Neelum Sohail (Tufts) investigate policing as governance on the ground or at the level of the beat, the territory a police officer patrolled. This talk sheds light on the daily making and re-making of the bodies of the colonized and the colonizers through encounters of the patrol and technologies of surveillance and discipline. Specifically, looking at the development in the 1850s of kot (village) settlements in colonial Punjab.
Sponsored by the Center for the Humanities at Tufts.