Researcher, Lecturer, Podcaster
On 3 May 2016, I spoke at the Universidad de La Laguna, Tenerife. My talk was titled: "'A certain terror’: Corporeality, Prejudice and Religious Violence in Narratives of the 1947 India/Pakistan Partition"
In this talk, I focus on selected excerpts from some of my interviews on partition, examining the ways in which people describe religious belief, practice, prejudice and violence as corporeal entities, with markers of religiosity often inscribed on the body. I examine how these embodied practices are reflected in the actual oral history interview itself. I make a case for the importance of studying oral history as an embodied methodology, and the need to concentrate not just on the verbal interactions between interviewee and interviewer, but also on the meeting of the two bodies and the communication that occurs, or fails to occur between these two bodies.