Bodhisattva Kar: “Reading Stones, Writing Skins: The Savage Naga and the Limits of Language”

Bodhisattva Kar (University of Cape Town), “Reading Stones, Writing Skins: The Savage Naga and the Limits of Language”. He held this lecture during the Winter Academy “World Scripts: Concepts and Practices of Writing from a Comparative Perspective”, Panel: “Concepts of Writing and the Materiality of Language”, 5 September 2015

Bodhisattva Kar (UCT; Senior Lecturer) received his PhD from Jawaharlal Nehru University, India. Before joining the UCT in 2012, he has taught and held fellowships at Amsterdam, Berlin, Calcutta, Mexico City, Oxford, and Paris. In 2010 he participated in the Zukunftsphilologie Winterschool “Textual Practices Beyond Europe 1500-1900” in Cairo and 2014 he was member of the steering committee of the Summer Academy “Language, Science and Aesthetics” in Beirut. His research interests include histories of development and disciplines; primitivism; nineteenth and early twentieth-century history of South and South East Asia; connected and comparative histories of frontiers; nationalist formations; and joint–stock companies. Bodhisattva’s work tries to bring together economic and cultural histories into conversation, explore the anti-identitarian potential of the discipline, and develop an ethic of approaching the non-historical without giving up on the delights of the archive.

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