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CANCELED - Conversations on South Asia: Gods in the Time of Democracy

Explore the dynamic nexus of art, religion, and politics in contemporary India with Kajri Jain's "Gods in the Time of Democracy" at Dartmouth College's South Asia Series.

Tuesday, March 5, 2024
12:15pm – 1:30pm
Virtual Webinar
Intended Audience(s): Public
Categories: Arts, Arts and Sciences, Conferences, Dartmouth Dialogues, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Lectures & Seminars
Registration required.


Announcing the sixth book event on South Asia-related topics held by Dartmouth College

Conversations on South Asia Series  

Kajri Jain, “Gods in the Time of Democracy'', March 5th, 12:15 PM - 1:30 PM (EST). 

You are formally invited to an engaging  Zoom book event featuring author Kajri Jain. In her new book, "Gods in the Time of Democracy," Professor Jain explores the emergence of monumental icons as a religious and political form in contemporary India. Join us for a captivating webinar in which the author discusses the radical treatment of art historical objects as dynamic assemblages, shedding light on the profound intersections between new image technologies, neo-spiritual religious movements, Hindu nationalist politics, globalization, and Dalit-Bahujan affirmations of equality and presence.

πŸ“šBook Spotlight: “Gods in the Time of Democracy'', by Kajri Jain
πŸ“…Date: March 5th, 2024
⏰Time: 12:15 PM-1:30 PM EST
πŸ“Virtual Zoom 
πŸ’»Register Here: https://forms.gle/f8bbhscesBiXBzAk6

Jain's extensive decade-long fieldwork at giant statue sites, coupled with her interviews she carried out with sculptors, patrons, and visitors, provides a nuanced understanding of how these public icons materialize in contemporary India and its diaspora. The discussion will center around the concept of emergence, rethinking key notions of the image and showcasing how new aesthetic forms entail a simultaneous religious and political retooling of the "infrastructures of the sensible."  The book will be discussed by distinguished commentators Arjun Appadurai and Richard Davis.


Kajri Jain, Author and Professor, University of Toronto

Arjun Appadurai, Professor Emeritus, NYU
Richard Davis, Professor, Bard College

Curt Gambetta, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Dartmouth College

Do not miss this exceptional opportunity to explore the dynamic relationship between art, religion, and politics in contemporary India. Register today and join us for an insightful discussion with Kajri Jain, as we unravel the intricate narratives that shape the visual and ideological landscape of a nation! πŸŒπŸ“–πŸ”

Sponsored by the Department of Asian Societies, Cultures and Languages (ASCL) and the Bodas Family Endowment for South Asian Studies at Dartmouth College. 
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For more information, contact:
South Asian Studies

Events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.