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Troubling Times: South Asia and the Postcolonial

Priya Gopal, University of Cambridge; Shahidul Alam, photojournalist and activist; Natasha Ginwala, Gropius Bau, Berlin; Colomboscope, Sri Lanka

October 6, 2022October 8, 2022 · A71 Simpson International Building

Program in South Asian Studies
© Estate of Nasreen Mohamedi at MoMA, untitled, ca. 1977.

You are invited to attend Princeton’s 2022 South Asia conference, ′Troubling Times: South Asia and the Postcolonial’. The conference will take place from Thursday 6th October to Saturday 8th October in A71, Louis A. Simpson International Building.

The conference has an exciting line-up of panellists and speakers, who will interrogate “post-coloniality” as a paradigm for representing South Asia. There will be three keynote addresses: Priya Gopal, Professor of English at the University of Cambridge is a public intellectual who has commented widely on empire, race and literary radicalism. She will talk about how issues of caste disrupt “postcolonial” axioms. Shahidul Alam, Bangladeshi photojournalist and activist, will be flying to Princeton from documenta to share his work (pictured below), and thoughts about alternative lexicons for framing South Asia. Natasha Ginwala, associate curator at Gropius Bau, Berlin and Colomboscope, Sri Lanka, will contribute her knowledge and experience as a curator and thinker of contemporary art and visual culture.

In addition to the keynotes, the conference has an interesting and provocative array of panellists, who will present on issues ranging from the use of artificial intelligence to reconstruct ancient manuscripts to popular comedy in the aftermath of Partition. The full list of panels and panellists is on the conference website: https://southasiaworkshop.wordpress.com/2022-conference-program/ 

Co-sponsors: The Chadha Center for Global India, the Humanities Council, the Center for Digital Humanities, High Meadows Environmental Institute, School of Architecture, School of Public and International Affairs, Department of Religion, Department of Classics, PIIRS, University Center for Human Values, The Lichtenstein Institute, Department of Art & Archaeology, Department of Comparative Literature, Department of English, Department of Near Eastern Studies, the Bobst Center for Peace and Justics, The Center for Iran and Persian Gulf Studies, The Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in the Humanities, the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies, the Program in Media and Modernity, and the Program in Translation.

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