13th Gwangju Biennale — Minds Rising Spirits Tuning

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On Uninjurability

By Leela Gandhi

On Uninjurability

Leela Gandhi

January 30, 2021
11am–12.30pm CET / 7–8.30pm KST

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“This lecture is about ideals of uninjurability. By this I mean an ability not to injure; or an ability to give and receive refuge and sanctuary and safeguard from injury; as well as anability to refuse to be injured. I claim that practices and forms of thinking that advance  uninjurability ideals engage in a critique of empire (minimally construed as the right to harm). They also offer a critique of renunciation (minimally construed as the right to exit injurious conditions of life and community).”


Leela Gandhi is the John Hawkes Professor of Humanities and English at Brown University. She has taught at the University of Chicago, La Trobe University, and Delhi University, and held visiting professorships in Australia, Denmark, India, Italy and Iran. Gandhi's publications include Postcolonial Theory: A Critical Introduction (Columbia University Press, 1998), Measures of Home: Selected Poems (Orient Blackswan, 2000), England Through Colonial Eyes (ed. with Ann Black and Sue Thomas, Palgrave Macmillan, 2001), Affective Communities: Anticolonial Thought, Fin-de-Siècle Radicalism, and the Politics of Friendship (Duke University Press, 2006), and The Common Cause: Postcolonial Ethics and the Practice of Democracy (The University of Chicago Press, 2014).