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Cross-Fertilizing Roots and Routes: Towards a New Art of Border Crossing

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Roots and routes raise the questions of boundaries and borders and call for a new art of border crossing. Boundaries, borders, and margins are related concepts and realities and each of these can be conceptualized and organized in closed or open ways with variations in degrees of closure as well as openness. The existing conceptualization and organization of boundaries, borders, and margins reflect and embody a logic of statis, closure and a cult of exclusivistic, and exclusionary sovereignty. The articles argues that in this place we need a new art and politics of boundary transmutation, boundary transformation, and border crossing.

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  • Shared sovereignty
  • Non-sovereignty
  • Festivity of incompleteness
  • Meditative verbs of pluralisation
  • Aesthetic politics
  • Gilles Deleuze
  • Mrinal Miri
  • Noel Parker
  • Arjun Appadurai
  • Henry Giroux
  • Lois Holzman
  • F.R. Ankersmit
  • Daniel Barenboim and Edward Said

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Acknowledgements

This builds upon my presentation in the national seminar, “Politics of Boundary Maintenance,” Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla, November 16–17, 2009. I am grateful to Drs. Prasenjit Biswas and C. J. Thomas for their kind invitation and Professor Peter D’Souza, Director of Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, for his welcome and hospitality. I am grateful to Drs. Sukalpa Bhattacharjee, Rajesh Dev and Vijayalaxmi Brara for their comments, reflections and generosity.

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Giri, A.K. (2021). Cross-Fertilizing Roots and Routes: Towards a New Art of Border Crossing. In: Giri, A.K. (eds) Roots, Routes and a New Awakening. Palgrave Macmillan, Singapore. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-15-7122-0_10

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