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Laughing at Empire Properly: M.F. Husain's Images of the Raj
Start Date: 2/20/2015Start Time: 4:30 PM
End Date: 2/20/2015End Time: 6:00 PM

Event Description:
Image: M.F. Husain, Untitled from the Raj series, 2003. Marguerite and Kent Srikanth Charugundla Collection, New York.

Sumathi Ramaswamy is a cultural historian of South Asia and the British empire. Her research over the last few years has been largely in the areas of visual studies, the history of cartography, and gender. Her recent publications in these areas include The Goddess and the Nation: Mapping Mother India (Duke University Press, 2010); and two edited volumes, Barefoot Across the Nation: Maqbook Fida Husain and the Idea of India (Routledge, 2010), and Empires of Vision (co-edited with Martin Jay, Duke University Press, 2014). She is also working on a pictorial monograph titled Husain's Raj: Postcolonial Visiosn of Empire and Nation (under contract to Marg, Mumbai). Her work in popular visual history has also led her to co-establish Tasveerghar: A Digital Network of South Asian Popular Visual Culture at http://www.tasveerghar.net/. She is completing a monograph titled 'Terrestrial Lessons: The Conquest of the World as Globe' in which she explores the debates in colonial India about the shape and disposition of the earth in the universe and examines the course of science education conducted around the terrestrial globe as a pedagogic object. Another project tentatively titled "A Strange Kindness? Giving & Learning in Tamil India," draws upon her experience as Program Officer for Education, Arts & Culture for the Ford Foundation in New Delhi (2002-2005).

Reception to follow.

Sponsored by the Tri-College Mellon Group for the Futures of South Asian Studies, the Departments of Art, English Literature, and History, and the Program in Asian Studies

Location Information:
*Swarthmore College - Science Center
Room: Science Center 104
Contact Information:
Name: Farid Azfar
Phone: 610-690-5675
Email: fazfar1@swarthmore.edu
M.F. Husain, Untitled from the Raj series, 2003.
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