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Lecture | Colonial Global History Seminar COGLOSS

Cosmopolitanism and Imagination in Nayaka South India: Decoding the Brooklyn Kalamkari

Wednesday 10 April 2019
COGLOSS seminars 2018-2019
Johan Huizinga
Doelensteeg 16
2311 VL Leiden
Conference room (2.60)

The images of the so-called Brooklyn kalamkari (hand-painted cotton textile) have confronted art-historians for decades with an intriguing challenge: what do we see, who produced it for whom, what does it mean? With seven royal court scenes from across the Indian Ocean world, the Brooklyn kalamkari represents a uniquely cosmopolitan worldview from early seventeenth-century South India. First of all, this presentation will discuss the makings of this particular world-view in the context of early modern processes of globalization and state-formation. In addition, by critically engaging with the pioneering work of the Indologist David Shulman on South Indian kingship and theatre, it will attempt to decode both the local and the global, the seen and unseen meaning of this kalamkari. After the presentation there will be room for informal discussion.

For more information or the pre-circulated essay, please contact Bente de Leede or Tristan Mostert.

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