The notion of home and belonging, specifically in the context of South Asian postcolonial diasporas, is connected to past traumas of colonization and displacement. This paper addresses how trauma, displacement, and colonialism can be understood through and with material culture, and how familial objects and items emit and/ or carry within them, emotional narratives. I turn to the affective currency that emit and are transferred on and down from objects, by diasporic subjects, to access the possible reclamation of otherwise silenced narratives within colonial and postcolonial histories. By following the events of the Partition of India in 1947 as a violent historical moment that saw the displacement of millions of people, I ultimately examine how affective objects can be read as alternative epistemological sites that create potential space for recovery to postcolonial trauma and violence.
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"Recovery after the Rupture: Linking Colonial Histories of Displacement with Affective Objects and Memories,"
disClosure: A Journal of Social Theory: Vol. 28
, Article 9.
Available at: https://uknowledge.uky.edu/disclosure/vol28/iss1/9