Vilashini Coopan, UC Santa Cruz
Saikat Majumdar, Stanford University
Civil wars are not always experienced within the terms they are fought. Their tangible effects are often describable for social scientists in terms of destruction of infrastructure, loss of human lives, and mass displacements. The more intangible life of violence as it seeps into everyday relations, families, mundane objects, dreams and fantasies is much harder to articulate. It is to give voice to this intangible yet pervasive violence that we often turn to literature. This event brings together emerging South Asian writers whose lives have been shaped directly or indirectly by civil war to reflect upon what writing can do for the writer and for the reader.