About The Colloquium 

School of Law, Governance and Citizenship (SLGC), Ambedkar University Delhi,  on  Privacy in India: A Brief Social History of a Legal Concept 

A Brief Description of the Colloqium:

Right to privacy in most liberal democracies has historically remained a contested one. As the boundaries of privacy as a concept have expanded, privacy as an affordance itself appears to have shrunk supposedly because of information-technology enabled social practices and modes of governance that have reshaped everyday life.

This presentation examines how the question of privacy is currently being articulated in Indian media accounts of the Aadhaar debate. Situating Aadhaar within a broader set of issues that concern privacy, the talk asks:

If the public visibility of rights violation is an indispensable part of claiming justice, then how does such visibility reconfigure the demand for privacy as an individual right?

Why is privacy not fundamental, as the Indian government has recently claimed in the Indian Supreme Court with regards to its Aadhaar mandate?

Within the social and economic calculus of rights, for whom does privacy matter the most?

The talk maps the lay of the land of privacy in India as a legal concept, a social formulation and a cultural affordance in the context of gender/sexuality, digital governance (Aadhaar) and popular culture.

Venue: G 11 (Ground Floor), Ambedkar University Delhi, Karampura Campus (near Motinagar Metro Station)

Date: . Tuesday, 5th September, 2017

Time– 3:30 pm

Speaker– Pawan Singh


About the Speaker:

Pawan Singh has a PhD in media studies from University of California San Diego. He is currently a New Generation Network (NGN) Scholar in contemporary history at Deakin University and the Australia India Institute in Melbourne.

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