South Asia Institute
South Asia Institute

Institute Launches Spring 2012 South Asia Seminar Series

Thu, January 19, 2012
Institute Launches Spring 2012 South Asia Seminar Series
Allan deSouza, No Entry, from The World Series, 2011, 12" x 16", C-print, courtesy of the artist and Talwar Gallery, NY

That there is common ground between multi-media artists and film scholars is the presumption of the Spring seminar series, 2012. Consider projects forged in the name of South Asian visual cultures both from the region and Diaspora: isolating absences and gaps in the archives; unsettling received paradigms differentiating high and popular art; seeking unlikely associations between found objects; animating lost images and acoustics; questioning politics of location, and so on. These processes of creating and writing about images undertaken by both artists and scholars have explored the politics and poetics of framing and sequencing of images; such attention to details, arguably, inflect questions of visibility and opacity. 

Tying together formal presentations and structured conversations, the series formalizes the ongoing dialogue between artists and scholars in their various gestures towards drawing images and moving pictures.

Regular seminars occur on Thursdays at 3:30 pm,preceded by a reception at 3:00 pm, in the Meyerson Conference Room (WCH 4.118). Speakers and dates are tentative:

  • January 26: Peter Manuel, Professor of Ethnomusicology, John Jay College and the Graduate Center, CUNY "Retention and Invention in Bhojpuri Diasporic Music Culture: Perspectives from India, the Caribbean, and Fiji"
  • February 2: Corey Creekmur, Associate Professor of English, Department of Cinema and Comparative Literature at University of Iowa "The Historical and Historiographical in Popular Hindi Cinema"  
  • February 9: Allan deSouza, Associate Professor, San Francisco Art Institute "Lost Pictures, Redactions and Other Returns" 
  • March 1: Rajkamal Kahlon, Contemporary Artist "Imperial Spectacles: Painting, Performance and Vision"
  • Ranjani Mazumdar, Associate Professor, Department of Cinema Studies at the School of Arts & Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi "Bombay Cinema's Dancing Queen" *3:30 pm 

Convenor: Lalitha Gopalan, Dept. of Radio Television Film, UT-Austin

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