Conference Program

China Rising? India Shining? – The Art of Comparison
An inter-disciplinary arts and media international workshop
September 29-30, 2017
Duke University
Convener: Sumathi Ramaswamy


Friday, September 29, 2017

9: 15 a.m.: Welcome Remarks by Sumathi Ramaswamy

9:30 a.m–12:30 p.m.: Panel 1: The Art of Comparison
Chair: Walter Mignolo (Duke University)

9:30–10:00 a.m.
The Art of Convergent Comparison—China and India in Modern Times
Prasenjit Duara, Duke University [abstract]

10:00–10:30 am
The Worldly Attachments of Transregional Comparison
Srirupa Roy (University of Göttingen) [abstract]

10:30–11:00 am
A Global Visual Economy? —Postcolonial Practices of Seeing and Being Seen
Rey Chow (Duke University) [abstract]

11:00–11:15 a.m.
Coffee Break

11: 15 a.m. –12:30 p.m.

12:30–2:00 p.m.: Lunch
(for participants in Friedl 225)

2:00–5:00 p.m. Panel II. Artscapes
Chair: Shambavi Kaul, Duke University

2:00–2:30 p.m.
Embedding the Memory Landscape: Revisiting Asia’s Cultural Pasts in Contemporary Art  [abstract]
Gayatri Sinha (Critical Collective, New Delhi)

2:30–3:00 p.m.
Architecture as Metaphor (Redux) [abstract]
Yomi Braester, University of Washington

3:30–3:30 p.m.
Lost and Found in the Turbulent City: Artistic Engagements with Urban Ecologies
Christiane Brosius, Heidelberg University [abstract]

3:30–3:45 p.m.
Coffee Break

3:45–5:00 p.m.

5:00–5:15 p.m.

5:15–6:00 p.m.

6:00–7:00 p.m.
Gallery Walk with Gigi Scaria, “Iconic Interruptions”


Saturday, September 30, 2017

9:30 a.m–12:30 p.m.: Panel III: Photo Fever
Chair: Ranjana Khanna (Duke University)

9: 15 a.m.
Introductory Remarks by Sumathi Ramaswamy

9:30–10:30 a.m.
Déjà Vu? Gandhi and Mao in Gigi Scaria’s No Parallel (and Beyond) [abstract]
Barbara Mittler, Heidelberg University & Sumathi Ramaswamy, Duke University

10:30–11:00 a.m.
Photographic Intimacy in a Trans-cultural Archive
Ajay Sinha, Mount Holyoke College [abstract]

11:00–11:15 a.m.
Coffee Break

11: 15 a.m. –12:30 p.m.

12:30–2:00 p.m.: Lunch

2:00–5:00 p.m. Panel IV: ImpersoNations
Chair: Harshita Mruthinti Kamath (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)

2:00–2:30 p.m.
To Enter the Icon: N. Pushpamala’s Embodiment of Liberty
Monica Juneja, Heidelberg University [abstract]

2:30–3:00 p.m.
Being Mao in Postsocialist China [abstract]
Paul G. Pickowicz, University of California, San Diego

3:00–3:30 p.m.
Ganesh Yourself: An Experiment in Incarnation [abstract]
Emmanuel Grimaud, CNRS-LESC, Paris

3:30–3:45 p.m.
Coffee Break

3:45–5:00 p.m.

5:00-5:30 p.m.
Walk over to Franklin Gallery@History in Carr Building, and coffee and snacks

5:30-6:30 p.m.
Gallery Walk with curators Chaya Chandrasekhar and Janice Glowski, “On Being Gandhi: The Art and Politics of Seeing.” (Introduction by Sucheta Mazumdar, Duke University).