SAI Symposium, "South Asian Encounters: Empire and Anthropologies of Travel and the Visual"
"South Asian Encounters: Empire and Anthropologies of Travel and the Visual"
"Governmentality, Efficacy, and the Paranoia of Travel"
"Materiality, Phantasm, and Desire: Collecting India"
Convened by Renate Dohmen (University of Louisiana at Lafayette) and Natasha Eaton (University College, London)
Sponsored by the Historians of British Art
Zirwat Chaudhury (UCLA)
Aditi Chandra (California College ofthe Arts)
William Mazzarella (University of Chicago)
Sugata Ray (University of California, Berkeley)
Sabitha Thekke Prakkottuthody (University College London)
Sara Victoria Turner (University of York)
Rashmi Viswanathan (New York University)
Sean Willcock (University of York)
"South Asian Encounters" will examine how the domain of the visual structured experiences of travel in relation to South Asia broadly defined in the period from c.1830-1920. The symposium will explore the entanglements of travel, tourism, pilgrimage and colonialism in view of the agency of visuals such as maps, albums,photographs, postcards, plaster casts and the cinema assumed in the experiences of travel. Interdisciplinary in focus, it will probe how images of South Asia have circulated, how they participated in performativities and genealogies of travel, and how the advancement of visual technologies affected narrations of place, self, and displacement. For a list of participants, paper titles and abstracts, please visit the South Asia Institute website at <http://sai.columbia.edu>.
Session one, 12pm - 2pm
Session two, 2:20pm - 4:20pm
Wrap-up discussion, 4:30pm -5:00pm