15 Mar 2013 - 16 Mar 2013All dayCRASSH, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DT

Description

Conveners

Annamaria Motrescu-Mayes  (University of Cambridge)
Marcus Banks (University of Oxford)

Pre-conference Seminar Series

As a preamble to the conference, the Centre of South Asian Studies is organising a seminar series that will introduce the theme of the conference. Several historians and anthropologists will discuss a selection of ethnographic / anthropological films of South Asia in relation to current historiographical methodologies. The series is organised in collaboration with the Royal Anthropological Institute and CRASSH. To find out more, please click here.

Conference Summary

This conference aims to investigate the ways in which visual research methods support the development of new perspectives on modern South Asian history. It will explore the strategies employed by historians and scholars of visual (digital) culture and visual anthropology when incorporating representations of South Asian history within the framework of traditional historical scholarship. Also, the role of interdisciplinary research in terms of producing, distributing, re-interpreting and repatriating visual records of South Asian history will be assessed throughout several roundtable discussions.

The conference will create for the first time the opportunity to strengthen the network of historians, anthropologists, visual and digital scholars and artists concerned with the re-examination of modern South Asian history across visual records. It proposes four themes of investigation that will support new scholarly developments:

  • digital humanities and issues of South Asian history, visuality and ethnographic enquiry

  • theories of visual anthropology relevant to historiographical research of South Asia

  • examples of historical scholarship strengthened by visual research methodologies

  • historical and anthropological practices replicated in visual artwork inspired by South Asian history

Keynote addresses will be delivered by Professor Marcus Banks (University of Oxford) and by Professor Christopher Pinney (University College London). Papers, panels and roundtable discussions led by international scholars such as Denis Vidal (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris), Dr Clare Harris (University of Oxford) and Professor Ravi Vasudevan (CSDS, Delhi) will explore new perspectives on visual research methods and modern South Asian history. Also, there will be three exclusive presentations by the renowned visual artists Pushpamala N., Rajkamal Kahlon and Ayisha Abraham. The opening address will be delivered by Professor Sir C.A. Bayly, Director of the Centre of South Asian Studies.

 

Sponsors

Supported by the Centre for Research in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CRASSH), the Centre of South Asian Studies and the Smuts Memorial Fund at the University of Cambridge and the Thriplow Charitable Trust.
 

Accommodation for delegates

We are unable to arrange accommodation, however, the following websites may be of help.

Visit Cambridge
Cambridge Rooms
University of Cambridge accommodation webpage

NB. CRASSH is not able to help with the booking of accommodation.

 

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