International conference: Exploring modern South Asian history with visual research methods

Call for papers

‘Exploring modern South Asian history with visual research methods: theories and practices’ Conference

University of Cambridge, 15 – 16 March 2013

CFP deadline: 31 December 2012

Conveners: Dr Annamaria Motrescu (University of Cambridge) and Prof. Marcus Banks (University of Oxford)

Full details at http://www.crassh.cam.ac.uk/events/2066/

The Centre of South Asian Studies, University of Cambridge, and the Centre for Research in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CRASSH) are organising the first international conference on ‘Exploring modern South Asian history with visual research methods: theories and practices’.

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, film 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 Professor 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 Ayesha Abraham. The opening address will be delivered by Professor Sir C.A. Bayly, Director of the Centre of South Asian Studies.

Location: CRASSH, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DT.

The conference organisers invite proposals for papers or presentations of 20 minutes in length. Abstracts of 300 words and an author biography (including institutional affiliation) should be submitted via email to exploringsouthasianhistorycsas@gmail.com by 31 December 2012.

Any questions and concerns can be directed to Dr Annamaria Motrescu amm230 [at] cam.ac.uk


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