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Guest Lecture: "Cold War Diplomacy, Decolonization and a Transcultural Museological Imagination"

Cover of "Art of India": Commemorative Catalogue of an Exhibition of Indian Art and Handicrafts presented to the University of Malaya by the Government of India, University of Malaya Art Museum, Singapore, 1959.
04. Dez 2019 11:00 Uhr bis 13:00 Uhr
Veranstalter: Professorship of Global Art History
Karl Jaspers Centre, Room 212

Speaker: Priya Maholay-Jaradi, convenor for Art History - a collaboration between the National University of Singapore (NUS) and the National Gallery Singapore

The talk will take place in the context of Prof. Monica Juneja’s seminar "The Politics of Museums in the 21st century". Guests are welcome.

Abstract:

The talk "Cold War Diplomacy, Decolonization and a Transcultural Museological Imagination: A Government of India Donation for University of Malaya Art Museum, Singapore (1959)" problematizes a donation of artefacts in 1959 from the Government of India to the University of Malaya Art Museum, in the wider context of Cold War diplomacy, the Non-Aligned Movement and decolonization. As opposed to reading this gift from an exclusive Indian or Singaporean position of cultural diplomacy and its attendant national cartographies, the presentation uncovers individual arbiters who were informed by their own mobilities and worldviews to display a determined transcendence of colonialist binaries, Eurocentric parameters and geo-political logic through a cross-country exchange of classical and vernacular objects.

Can these individuals be regarded as early proponents of a “global art historical imagination”? Can museological narratives which are typically located within boundaried enquiries of decolonization and formal diplomacy be opened to a porous, transcultural realm inscribed by plural agencies? In theoretical terms, can transculturality as a methodological tool enable us to locate early and varied traces of revisionist art histories and museum practices between South and Southeast Asia?


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