South Asia Institute
South Asia Institute

Spring 2018 South Asia Seminar Series - Musth: Somatic States in South Asia

Tue, December 19, 2017
Spring 2018 South Asia Seminar Series - Musth: Somatic States in South Asia
Detail from Akbar on Horseback, c. 1590 By La'l and Sanwala, Victoria & Albert Museum

Inspired by images of war elephants and miniature paintings of amorous couples sharing goblets of wine, this seminar will explore issues of embodiment organized around the phenomenon of musth, specifically an elephant’s frenzied passion, or the state of human intoxication. Speakers will also explore enjoyment and pleasure linked with the mysticism of Śaiva and Vaiṣṇava saint-poets, kingship and the exhilarations of market crowds and political assemblies, and the quieter pleasures of textual encounter and sumptuary practice.

1/25  CANCELLED: Srilata Raman, University of Toronto
Crypto-Christian and Atheist: The Westward Journey of the 17th century Śaivite Poet Tāyumāṉavar

2/8  Ivette Vargas-O’Bryan, Austin College, Sherman, TX
Negotiating Political Tibetan Medicine, Spirit Diseases and Environmental Spaces

2/15  Lisa Mitchell, University of Pennsylvania
Hailing the State: Collective Assembly and the Politics of Recognition in the History of Indian Democracy

3/1  Ann Grodzins Gold, Syracuse University
Jahazpur Passages: Thinking Through a Rajasthan Market Town

3/8  Archana Venkatesan, University of California-Davis  
Fluid Text and Open Boundaries: On Poetry, Experience and Experiments in Translation

3/29  Sudipta Sen, University of California-Davis
River Ganga and the Crucible of Empires: Warfare, Spoliation and the Making of a Political Icon

4/5  James Mchugh, University of Southern California  
Toddy, Punch, and India Pale Ale: Writing a History of Alcohol in Early India

4/12  Soudhamini, Independent Filmmaker
Sruti: Technology as Inspiration

4/19  Thomas Trautmann, University of Michigan
Elephants, Kings and the Environment

5/3  Projit Bihari Mukharji, University of Pennsylvania
Somatonational: The National Body and its Fragments, India c. 1920-1966

All seminars will take place Thursdays in the Meyerson Conference Room (WCH 4.118) from 3:30-5pm,
with a reception preceding at 3pm.

Convener: Martha Ann Selby

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