Hate Speech in India: Judicial Politics of History and Memory

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This project examines conflicts over ‘hate speech’ in India, a country with a long history of communal
violence. Through an institutional ethnography within Indian courts, the project analyses the relationship between legal notions of harm and wider landscapes of social memory among marginalized communities, such as Muslims and Dalits (ex-untouchables). In doing so, the research examines the role of law in reproducing or combating wider forms of discrimination and injury. By focusing on India, which continues to grapple with a complex colonial legacy, this project enriches current debates about regulating hate speech, which have often concentrated on the global North.
StatusActive
Effective start/end date1/01/221/02/25

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