The lecture series “Hindu-Muslim Encounters” will take place from 2 November 2020 to 15 February 2021. Please find here the schedule.
Relations between Hindus and Muslims in India are strained these days. Hindu Nationalists relentlessly push their ideology of Hindu supremacy. Muslims are marginalized and
frightened. Outlandish stories circulate in each community about the other. The potential for violence seems high. But such animosity is neither eternal nor inevitable: Rather, it is
historical and contextual, and most importantly, it can be avoided. In this lecture series, we cover a wide variety of topics, showing the great variety of Hindu-Muslim relations, both past
and present. From the Vijayanagar Empire to partition, and from Pakistan to Indonesia, relations between Hindus and Muslims at different times and in different places will be
presented in all their diversity.
SikhArchive recently published a podcast with Prof. Dr. Kama Maclean on „A Revolutionary History of Interwar India with Professor Kama Maclean“. The podcast is available here.
Dr. Himanshu Jha has published a book entitled "Capturing Institutional Change: the case of the Right to Information Act in India" by Oxford University Press. This is the first book in the Institutions and Development in South Asia series. The volume studies the information regime in India from an alternative historical institutional perspective. See details here.
The digital archive of South Asian popular culture Tasveer Ghar, located at the HCTS and Duke University, has published a digital collection of essays within the project "Manly Matters." The contributions constitute an in-depth exploration of pictorial representations of maleness in South Asian popular visual practices.
Tasveer Ghar – A House of Pictures serves as a trans-national network for the collection and digitalization of the rich visual cultures of South Asia, and in parallel as an educational platform to raise awareness on the importance of popular images as social and historical agents. The archives key fields exploration are the social and performative lives of images, the techniques of visuality they embed, as well as the histories of their producers, disseminators and consumers. The network was funded and is coordinated by Prof. Christiane Brosius (Visual and Media Anthropology, HCTS), Sumathi Ramaswamy (Duke University) and filmmaker Yousuf Saeed.
In 2017, Tasveer Ghar launched the project "Manly Matters: Representations of Maleness in South Asian Popular Visual Practice." The initiative focuses on pictorial representations of maleness in South Asian popular visual practice, especially in printed images produced for the mass market. Over the past two decades, representations of masculinity in visual media have hardly been investigated and problematized in scholarship on South Asian visual culture. Hence, the male qua male has been taken as a given, glossed over as gendered subject, and therefore paradoxically rendered invisible, even though its presence is ubiquitous across various media. The project intends to draw the attention on this often-overlooked subject while seeking new trajectories of critical inquiry of national icon formations and visual constructs.
In May 2019, an international workshop on "Manly Matters" was held at Duke University, Durham, with the participation of several senior scholars. The initiative has now culminated into the publication of a digital collection of visual essays, which also serves as a visual archive on images of masculinity in South Asian visual culture. The following is a complete list of all the contributions for this project:
The Leader as Image: Prabhakaran and the Visual Regimes of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam
The Market Hunters: Corporate Masculinity and the Art of Opening the Economy
Motorcycle Masculinity in Indian Cinema
Hypermasculinity in Bengali Comic Books
Mohammed Ali Jinnah and the Political Cartoon Culture of the Majority Press in 1947
Picturing the Intimate Enemy: From the Rani of Jhansi to the Indian National Army
The Muslim Other: Figures of Evil and Charisma from Popular Visual Culture in India
Lions of Islam: Symbols of Masculine Power in the Devotional Art of India and Pakistan
Modern Masculinity, Bought at Your Local Pharmacist: The Tonic Sanatogen in 20th-Century Indian Advertisements
Pahalwan Portraits: Manly Consumers of Physical Culture in Western India
The Embodiment of Quicksilver: Picturing Chandrashekhar Azad
Dannah Dennis and Avash Bhandari
Remembering and Remaking Nepal’s Founder, A Visual History of Prithvinarayan Shah
Framing the Couple: Gender and Intimacy in Hindi Cinema and Film Publicity during the 1950s
Masculinity in Sikh Visual Culture: Representing the Guru and the Martyr
Sarunas Paunksnis and Runa Chakraborty
Masculine Anxiety in the Films of Anurag Kashyap
Shabnam Naher and Mossabber Hossain
Male Beautification and the Beauty Salon, Changing Perceptions of Masculinity among Males in Dhaka, Bangladesh
Selling Intoxicating Bondings, Hyper Masculinity and Print Alcohol Ads in India
The Constitution of India: A National Gallery of a Few Good Men
Politics of Posture and Sartorial Sagacity: The Construction of Ascetic Masculinity in Vivekananda’s Photographs and Posters
The Manly Matters project has been funded by the Anneliese Maier Research Award of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany, awarded to Sumathi Ramaswamy (2016-2021). An archive of all visual essays published by Tasveer Ghar since 2006 is available at this link.