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New Initiative “Manly Matters” on “Tasveer Ghar”

07. Apr. 2017

Prof. Christiane Brosius, Prof. Sumathi Ramaswamy and Yousuf Saeed launched the initiative “Manly Matters - Representations of Maleness in South Asian Popular Visual Practice”, as part of “Tasveer Ghar – The House of Images”, a Digital Network of South Asian Popular Visual Culture. The initiative seeks to move the focus of pictorial analysis to representations of maleness mostly in printed images produced for the South Asian mass market.

Within the network “Tasveer Ghar”, the initiative “Manly Matters” sets its focus on representations of maleness, since little or no attention has been paid to masculinity as problematic or presence. Hence, the male qua male has been taken as a given, glossed over as gendered subject, and therefore paradoxically rendered invisible, even while being everywhere and across various media. Over the course of the next couple of years, several image galleries and essays on the subject will be made available on the website. It will also serve as a visual archive on images of masculinity in South Asian visual culture.

The trans-national virtual “home” “Tasveer Ghar”, which collects, digitalizes and documents various materials produced by South Asia’s exciting popular visual sphere, is supported by a grant of three years of funding from the German Research Foundation, via Heidelberg University’s Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context“. It is affiliated with the Karl Jaspers Centre for Advanced Transcultural Studies at Heidelberg University, Germany as well as the Duke University, Durham, N.C., USA with Christiane Brosius and Sumathi Ramaswamy as principals of these institutions.

The networks’s key fields of exploration are the social and performative life of images, the histories and everyday lives and voices of producers, disseminators and ‘consumers’ and the various techniques of visuality/media of visualisation.

Prof. Christiane Brosius is Professor of Visual and Media Anthropology at the Cluster "Asia and Europe" and an expert in the field of contemporary urban life and visual art in India with a focus on the middle class.

Sumathi Ramaswamy is Advisory Board Member at the Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context" as well as Professor of History at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, USA. She received the Anneliese Maier Research Award by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Germany, 2016.

Yousuf Saeed is a member of the Cluster of Excellence „Asia and Europe in Global Context” of the Heidelberg University and works on a project on Muslim popular iconography. He is an independent filmmaker and researcher based in Delhi and looks after the overall design and update of the Tasveer Ghar website.

Here you can find more information on the initiative “Manly Matters - Representations of Maleness in South Asian Popular Visual Practice”.


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