Colloquium Series: The Affective Surplus of Judicial Populism : Law, Media and Mimicry in contemporary India. Lawrence Liang

Event time: 
Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Luce Hall (LUCE), Room 202 See map
34 Hillhouse Ave.
New Haven, CT 06511
(Location is wheelchair accessible)
Event description: 

The past few years has seen the rise of a disturbing trend where judicial opinions increasingly seem to mimic popular rhetoric on politically contentious issues such as sedition and patriotism. From the bail order in the Kanhaiya Kumar case to orders mandating the playing of the national anthem in cinema halls we see the blurring of the lines between law, reason and affect in juridical opinion. In this talk I will try to trace a longer arc through which we can understand the emergence of judicial populism locating their roots within the expanded terrain of judicial sovereignty starting from the post emergency moment of public interest litigation. I ask how the contemporary post media moment that we inhabit transforms the idea of judicial populism and what this may mean for the future of political dissent”

Open to: 
General Public