Department of Asian Studies
Department of Asian Studies

Seminar Series: Yael Rice on "The Forms of Civility: Paintings, Books, and Empire in Mughal South Asia"

Thu, May 2, 2019 | Meyerson Conference Room (WCH 4.118), UT Austin Campus

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Staatsbibliothek, Berlin, Libri picturati A 117, f. 13r
Staatsbibliothek, Berlin, Libri picturati A 117, f. 13r

Yael Rice, Amherst College, will speak on "The Forms of Civility: Paintings, Books, and Empire in Mughal South Asia" as part of the Spring South Asia Seminar Series.

This paper considers the important part that non-textual forms of representation, manuscript paintings namely, played in articulating, justifying, and promulgating sulh-i kull. Among the questions it raises is whether and why certain modes of manuscript painting and production were put to use to advance sulh-i kull's central aims. It also asks how the atelier’s members enacted the doctrine’s core tenets. The staff of the Mughal manuscript atelier, after all, was exceedingly diverse, and the materials with which it worked were equally, if also differently, heterogeneous. The very processes of image- and book-making, this paper proposes, provided both the testing grounds and the positive proof for the ethics of accommodation that sulh-i kull advanced.

The seminar series theme is "'Peace with All (Sulh-i Kull) Religions': Indo Persian Political Theology and Cosmopolitanism," convened by Azfar Moin, Religious Studies. A light reception will precede the event at 3pm.

This talk is FREE! and open to the public.

Sponsored by: South Asia Institute

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