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Asylum: The Concept and the Practice


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Speaker(s): Professor Ranjana Khanna
Chair: Dr Sadie Wearing

Recorded on 6 December 2010 in Old Theatre, Old Building.

In "Asylum: The Concept and the Practice," Professor Khanna will analyse conceptual links among different sites designated by the term "asylum." Extending insights concerning one institutional setting (the mental asylum) to asylum's most expansive version (the nation), she will highlight the manner in which asylums are bound not only by borders but also by strict rules. Ranjana Khanna is a Professor of English, Literature, & Women's Studies and Margaret Taylor Smith Director of Women's Studies at Duke University.

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