30 November 2023

Atreyee Sen is featured in a recently published ethnographic volume on disappearance

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CGC researcher, Atreyee Sen, has authored a chapter in the recently published book “An Anthropology of Disappearance: Politics, Intimacies and Alternative Ways of Knowing” edited by Laura Huttunen and Gerhild Perl. The volume brings together ethnographic explorations of the disappearance of people in different social, cultural and political contexts, and addresses methodological, epistemological and ethical challenges of researching disappearances and the disappeared.

Sen’s contribution, ‘Who Has Taken My Son (Amar Cheleke Ke Nilo)?’: Pervasive Missingness, Custodial Disappearances and Revolutionary Violence in Urban India, lays out the story of Shanta, a mother whose 14-year-old son disappeared in Calcutta, India after being taken away for ‘questioning’ by the city police. The chapter examines how her son’s ‘missing person’ case file emboldens Shanta’s journey of maternal loss, grief and justice-seeking in the face of state violence in South Asia.

The volume is available as both hardback and ebook.