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No Parallel? The Fatherly Bodies of Gandhi and Mao: An Interdisciplinary Dialogue

20 - 23 Feb '18 6.30 pm - 8.30 pm

Image: Gigi Scaria, No Parallel, 2010 (detail), with permission of the artist.

This seminar series including an artists’ forum focuses on two hyper-visible men of the twentieth century, Mahatma Gandhi and Chairman Mao, to consider how they have been transformed over the course of the last century through visual imagery and image-events into globally recognizable “bio-icons.” Situated at the intersection of the visual politics of masculinity and the cultural politics of fatherhood, this interdisciplinary dialogue between historians, art historians, and artists seeks to illuminate how the corporeal is critical to the affective and ethical reach of such bio-icons within the imagined communities of their respective nations.

Day 1 : Producing Charisma: Clothing and Unclothing the Fatherly Body
Day 2 : Sovereign Performance: Toward an Aesthetic of the Ambulatory and the Aquatic
Day 3 : Absent Presences: Death of the Father
Day 4 : Iconographies of Power: An Artists’ Forum with Atul Dodiya and Yang Jiechang
(with commentaries by Martina Köppel-Yang and Arshiya Lokhandawala, and responses by Barbara Mittler and Sumathi Ramaswamy)

This series is sponsored by the Anneliese Maier Research Award of the Alexander van Humboldt Foundation, Germany, awarded to Sumathi Ramaswamy, and Kamalnayan Jamnalal Bajaj Foundation.


Barbara Mittler

Barbara Mittler holds a Chair in Chinese Studies at the University of Heidelberg. She is Director of the Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies. She received an MA from the University of Oxford (MA Oxon 1990). Her PhD (1994) and her habilitation (1998) are both from Heidelberg. In 2000 she was awarded the Heinz-Maier-Leibnitz-Prize. In 2013, her book-length study of the Chinese Cultural Revolution won the Fairbank Prize by the American Historical Association. Her research focuses on cultural production in (greater) China covering a wide range of topics from music to (visual) and (historical) print media in China's long modernity.


Sumathi Ramaswamy

Sumathi Ramaswamy is Professor of History at Duke University and Co-Director of Duke’s India Initiative. She has published extensively on language politics, gender studies, spatial studies and the history of cartography, visual studies and the modern history of art, and more recently, digital humanities and the history of philanthropy.
Her most recent monograph is titled Terrestrial Lessons: The Conquest of the World as Globe (University of Chicago Press, 2017). She is the winner of numerous scholarly awards including from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and the American Council of Learned Societies in the USA, and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Germany.


Registration Fees: Rs. 3000/-



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