Department of Asian Studies
Department of Asian Studies

Seminar Series: Sudipta Sen on "River Ganga and the Crucible of Empires: Warfare, Spoliation and the Making of a Political Icon"

Thu, March 29, 2018 | Meyerson Conference Room (WCH 4.118), UT Austin Campus

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Seminar Series: Sudipta Sen on

Sudipta Sen, University of California-Davis, will speak on "River Ganga and the Crucible of Empires: Warfare, Spoliation and the Making of a Political Icon" as part of the Spring South Asia Seminar Series.

Taking a long-term chronological view over the course of half a millennium, this talk explores the cultural and political significance of the River Ganga and the Ganga Valley, beginning with the Gupta Empire of the fifth century CE all the way to the period of regional empires clashing over the city of Kanauj in the tenth and eleventh centuries CE. It discusses how the valley emerged as the political heartland and the center-stage of warfare in the Indian subcontinent, redefining the geographical reach of a middle-kingdom (madhyadeśa), and setting the context for the culmination of a history in which the Ganga, along with its tributary Yamnua, became a guardian deity and imperial icon essential to the practices of warfare, spoliation, patronage and kingship.

The seminar series theme is "Musth: Somatic States in South Asia," convened by Martha Ann Selby, Department of Asian 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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