Seminar – 17 February – Françoise Robin

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Tuesday 17 February 2015

4.30–6.00 Mond Building Seminar Room

Françoise Robin

INALCO (National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilisations)

From Lyricism to Sarcasm:

Settling Literary Accounts with Settlements in Tibet Today

Settlement policies targeting the pastoral rural Tibetan population have reached their momentum in the early 2010s, generating vocal protests and skepticism among anthropologists and environmentalists outside Tibet. This presentation will focus on literary accounts published in Tibet and in Tibetan language, which describe and elaborate upon this radical shift of paradigm. I will show how settlement policies and effects have gradually been created as a recurring literary object and how they have evolved over the last 10 years. The early, soft-voiced, poetic texts will be contrasted with a short story published in 2013 in a national literary magazine, Nationalities Literature, that contests the grand, official, state narrative of unidirectional progress and development through resettlement, by following the downfall of a family in the settlement process. Through this lecture, and relying on Martha Nussbaum’s reflexions about the value of fiction humanities, I hope to show how Tibetan-language literary productions, in the specific Tibetan context, can be integrated as tools for researching and assessing imaginings of social evolutions in Tibet today.

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