Colloquium Series: Saiba Varma, UC San Diego
Bonds of Love: Military and Humanitarian Adventures in Kashmir
Saiba Varma is an Assistant Professor with the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, San Diego. She focuses on health and medicine, as well as politics, inequalities, and violence and has conducted long-term ethnographic fieldwork in psychiatric and military settings. Her research examines the global military-humanitarian complex from the prism of South Asia, specifically Indian-occupied Kashmir, the site of an ongoing conflict between pro-independence forces and the Indian military. Her book manuscript, Life in Pieces: Military and Humanitarian Care in Kashmir, shows how both humanitarian and militaristic practices are both performed in the name of care.