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South Asia Workshop: Indian landscapes circa 1750-1850

South Asia Workshop

Monday, August 22 –
Tuesday, August 23, 2022

McKinney Conference Room, 111 Thayer Street

Registration required, register here.

How did historians, artists, soldiers, and owls, among others, picture, write about, or leave traces of their environments circa 1750 to 1850? This workshop will address the documentation of Indian landscapes from multiple angles, ranging from human geography, tax and other economic regimes to pictorial and narrative descriptions, and imaginative expressions in political, religious, and literary works.

Monday, August 22 
10am - 10:30am | Coffee & Welcome 
10:30am - 12:30pm | First Panel 
12:30pm-1:30pm | Lunch
1:30pm-3:30pm | Second Panel

Tuesday, August 23:
9:30am-11:30am | Third Panel
11:30am | Lunch
12:15pm | Fourth Panel
2:15pm | Wrap up

Saxena Center for Contemporary South Asia

Shahzad Bashir, Brown University
"Seeing the World from Lucknow (in 1833)"

Divya Cherian, Princeton University 
“Liminal Landscapes: The Owl and the Occult in Early Modern North India”

Purnima Dhavan, University of Washington 
“Roots, Routes, and the Travelling Gaze: Topography and Narrative in Aʿzam Dedmari’s Waqiʿat-i Kashmir”

Abhishek Kaicker, UC Berkeley
“But Did They Write History? Historical Consciousness and Writing about the Past in Mughal India”

Dipti Khera, New York University

Naveena Naqvi, University of British Columbia
"The Landscape of Independent Soldiering under the Company Sarkar"?

Holly Shaffer, Brown University
"Plants, Gardens, Markets: Approaching Food Through Landscape Art in North India"

Hasan Zahid Siddiqui, University of British Columbia
"The Archimedean Point of Late Mughal Universal History"

Dipti Khera, New York University
"Unfurling: Letters, Landscapes, Local Bazaars from Gujarat to Mewar, c.1660 to 1800"