South Asia Institute
South Asia Institute

Seminar Series: Ann Grodzins Gold on "Jahazpur Passages: Thinking Through a Rajasthan Market Town"

Thu, March 1, 2018 | Meyerson Conference Room (WCH 4.118), UT Austin Campus

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Seminar Series: Ann Grodzins Gold on

Ann Grodzins Gold, Syracuse University, will speak on "Jahazpur Passages: Thinking Through a Rajasthan Market Town" as part of the Spring South Asia Seminar Series. 

Jahazpur is a small town or qasba in the North Indian state of Rajasthan. With a diverse population of more than 20,000 people, and roots deep in history and legend, Jahazpur has long been a regional hub for trade.  It also serves today as a subdistrict headquarters and provides government and medical services unavailable in villages. Until sometime in the mid-twentieth century the town's stone walls were intact and its several gates locked between dusk and dawn.  Based on ten months of fieldwork, Gold's recently published book, Shiptown: Between Rural and Urban North India (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017) offers an integrated series of ethnographic sketches depicting the distinctive nature of Jahazpur as a non-urban, non-rural place.  Gold enters Jahazpur (translated as "Shiptown") through five gates and a window – approaches that are both literal and metaphoric. This presentation retrospectively considers ways of encountering a complex locality through varied lenses and fieldwork methods. 

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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