In the Wake of Gujarat: The Social Relations of Translation and Futurity

Wolf, Nicole. 2019. In the Wake of Gujarat: The Social Relations of Translation and Futurity. Critical Studies, 4, pp. 97-113. ISSN 2055-141X [Article]

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The temporal and political intervention of wake work (Sharpe 2016) as an analytic to think the present of anti-blackness through the history of slavery, is 'translated' to address the 2002 Gujarat genocide as an interminable event shaping the present. Re-visiting the poetics of evidence in Amar Kanwar's Lightening Testimonies (2007) and A Night of Prophecy (2002)- via a refusal operative as documentary event and rupture-as wake work, I ask if translation-as heterogeneous address and social relation (Sakai 1997)- can propagate a future politics of radical solidarity, from the anachronicity of genocidal violence, bypassing the sovereignty and violence of modern democratic citizenry.

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Gujarat, genocide, genocidal violence, translation, politics, solidarity

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Visual Cultures


22 July 2019Published
28 February 2019Accepted

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16 Aug 2019 09:05

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07 Jan 2021 15:47

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Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.


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