Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Center for Contemporary South Asia

South Asia Workshop: Indian landscapes circa 1750-1850

Monday, August 22 –
Tuesday, August 23, 2022

McKinney Conference Rm,  111 Thayer St

Registration Required

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 (Mckinney Conference Rm)
10am - 10:30am | Coffee & Welcome 
10:30am - 12:30pm | First Panel (Purnima Dhavan and Shahzad Bashir)
12:30pm-1:30pm | Lunch
1:30pm-3:30pm | Second Panel (Abhishek Kaicker and Hasan Siddiqui)
Tuesday, August 23 (Mckinney Conference Rm)
10am-12pm | Third Panel (Divya Cherian and Naveena Naqvi)
12:00-1:00pm | Lunch
1:00 - 2:30pm | Fourth Panel & Wrap Up (Holly Shaffer)

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”

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"


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