Modern South Asian Studies seminar HT21 Wk 4: Delusional states: Love, Citizenship and Resistance in Gilgit-Baltistan

Conveners: Imre Bangha, Polly O'Hanlon, and Kate Sullivan de Estrada

Speaker: Nosheen Ali (NYU)


This talk will examine the emotional and intimate logics of occupation, citizenship, and state-making in Gilgit-Baltistan, a contested borderland between India and Pakistan that forms part of the Kashmir dispute. Professor Ali will illuminate how within the hate-centered, toxic nationalisms of India and Pakistan lie other stories—of love and betrayal, loyalty and suspicion, beauty and terror—that help us grasp how the Kashmir conflict is affectively structured and experienced on the ground. She will also shed light on how the situation in Gilgit-Baltistan helps us think through the larger questions of nationalism, dissent, and citizenship in the contexts of Pakistan, India, and South Asia at present.


Nosheen Ali is a sociologist serving as Global Faculty-in-Residence at the Gallatin School, New York University. She researches state-making, ecology and Muslim cultural politics in South Asia, with a focus on Pakistan and Kashmir. She is the author of Delusional States: Feeling Rule and Development in Pakistan's Northern Frontier which was published by Cambridge University Press in 2019. Ali is the founder of UmangPoetry, a digital humanities initiative for understanding poetic knowledges in South Asia, and Karti Dharti, an alternative learning space for ecological inquiry.

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