• Kashmir as Movement and Multitude

    Author(s):
    Omer Aijazi (see profile)
    Date:
    2018
    Group(s):
    Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Environmental Humanities, Narrative theory and Narratology, Political Philosophy & Theory
    Subject(s):
    Affect, Border studies, Border theory, Landscape, Movement
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    flow, Kashmir, line of control, more than human, Territory
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6T43J28G
    Abstract:
    The Line of Control arbitrarily bifurcates Neelum valley, Kashmir into Pakistan and India. While the border attempts to constrain and categorize, the daily movements and flows of human and more-than-human bodies via "unofficial" routes and routines generate an understanding of Kashmir that is not dependent on geopolitics. Neelum as sculpted and carved by the masculine gaze such as those of the nation-state and humanitarians - indicates closure. But the intrusion of interconnected bodies through the valley's vast landscapes suggest a continuous re-working and re-opening of its borders. These mobilities are stitched in the material inconveniences and intimacies of daily life in the valley. They are sustained by affective entanglements between human and more-than-human bodies constituting mutual processes of emplacement that are paradoxically unbounded and generative. In these movements and flows are analytical and philological opportunities to articulate fully formed visions of Kashmir. But this necessitates the location of theory and methodology as mutually constitutive within our literary genres (not outside of them) to elaborate narrative writing as praxis.
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