Sonita Sarkar holds the Luis Selis Visiting Fellowship at the IMLR, 2017. Here, she discusses the research she is undertaking as part of her fellowship:
The time for the presentation of the fellowship, a culminating event, is arriving soon! 12th July 2017. Given the facets of the experiences I recorded in the previous two blogs, about positionality and proximity, the thought that arises now is the connotation of the presentation itself. Traditionally, one assumes or expects that a ‘presentation’ offers ‘findings’ and some conclusions. I feel quite the opposite. Despite having researched and published on Antonio Gramsci, and presented on Grazia Deledda, as well as integrating their ideas in a monograph-in-progress, this fellowship and the presentation constitute a new journey.
A new journey for me in many senses: new in the juxtaposition of Deledda and Gramsci; new in the venue that will bring a general public and an academic audience; new in my own arrival upon this field of contemplation; and new in the negotiations between cultural studies, feminist studies, and anticolonial studies. This presentation aims to launch a conversation, in the mode of starting a voyage, rather than deliver a neatly wrapped package, even as I delineate some distinct strands of thought to see Sardinia and Italy in new ways.
In the fact that Sardinia is under-represented in all the fields that I have mentioned above, the question that arises for me is: Is presentation of minoritised subjects inevitably or invariably advocacy? I will address that in the next blog.
Come to the presentation and let me know freely and directly what you think!