India and the World: New Arcs of Knowledge

India and the World: New Arcs of Knowledge

November 24th to 30th, 2019, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai


Participants and their projects in detail

Guest Scholars

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Organized by the Berlin-based Forum Transregionale Studien in the framework of its research program Art Histories and Aesthetic Practices, the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut and the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta. Convened by Nachiket Chanchani (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor/ Art Histories Fellow 2018/19).

Studying the visual and material culture of the Indian subcontinent constitutes a gateway toward querrying much of the intellectual and cultural heritage of the globe, from antiquity to the present day. The assemblages of objects and images produced and used in the subcontinent – Buddhist stupas, sprawling temple-cities, Mughal carpets, Chettiyar homes, Satyajit Ray films, bazaar paintings, family photographs and much else – represent more than the inheritance of the subcontinent. This Academy invites scholars who are critically investigating such objects and images and are interested in explicating how they are equally the heritage of many other cultures and communities, because many of them have emerged from encounters with other mediums and with other regions, which, in turn, have been reflected, reshaped, and reformed by the art of subcontinent.

The Transregional Academy invites scholars who are critically investigating such objects and images, and are interested in explicating how they are equally the heritage of many others cultures and communities. Many of them have emerged from encounters with other mediums and with other regions, which, in turn, have been reflected, reshaped, and reformed by the art of subcontinent.

The Transegional Academy will be held at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya in Mumbai, Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta, and Dakshina Chitra Museum in Chennai.


Contact: arthistories@trafo-berlin.de