LASSNET Webinar - 8 July 2021 - Panel Discussion: The Making and Unmaking of Illegality : Ethnographic Commentaries on Scenes of Authoritarian Law

The Making and Unmaking of Illegality: Ethnographic Commentaries on Scenes of Authoritarian Law

This panel explores three areas of contestation in contemporary India: riot cases from Gujarat, foreigners tribunals in Assam and terrorism trials in Delhi. In bringing ethnographic attention to each of these judicial sites, the panel aims to understand how legality is made and unmade through everyday legal processes.


Moyukh Chatterjee, Visiting Research Scholar at Middlebury College

Ordinary trials and the making of permanent minorities: Notes from inside the laboratory of Hindu nationalism

Fariya Yesmin, Doctoral Candidate at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Delhi

Understanding the everyday of a courtroom: Making of the foreigner in the Foreigner’s Tribunals in Assam, India

Mayur Suresh, Lecturer, SOAS

‘Terrorism’ v. technicalities: How terror-accused navigate trials proceedings

Chair & Discussant

Prof. Deepak Mehta, Dept of Sociology and Anthropology, Ashoka University

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