Writing and the Inscription of Power in South Asia
Saturday, April 6
229 Carr Bldg
This workshop draws on a range of disciplines (history, anthropology and literature) to explore questions of how writing literally under-wrote projects of cultural dominance and resistance in this key region of the world. Beyond the activity of mere inscription, our workshop focuses historically on the material and symbolic ways writing served to establish and maintain cultural forms of power. We also seek to explore questions about how writing was a strategy for redefining and transforming the historical terrain on which people in South Asia constructed and organized their lives. Our various participants bring together a mixture of language varieties (classical and vernacular) in various scripts and genres to demonstrate how writing in different political and social constituencies impacted cultural life in South Asia, especially in regions beyond the Hindi heartland. The workshop thus has the overall goal of advancing a more general and comparative understanding of the relationship between language, culture and power in South Asia.
A compilation of research notes made while conducting research in London, France, and India for a Ph.D. dissertation in architectural history. Occasional updates and notes added as I come across interesting things while working on my book manuscript (working title: Science Made of Stone).
Research/Writing Schedule: 08/2013 - 05/2015 University of Virginia, ACLS New Faculty Fellow; McIntire Department of Art
09/2012 - 05/2013 Rutgers University, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in History; Center for Historical Analysis
09/2008 - 12/2008 British Library, Royal Society, Royal Asiatic Society, Wellcome Library, London; Jesuit Archives, Vanves, France.
12/2008 - 03/2009 National Archives of India, Delhi
03/2009 - 06/2009 Rajasthan State Archives, Bikaner, Rajasthan
06/2009 - 09/2009 Directorate of Archaeology, Archives, and Museums, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh