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Summer School Keynote by Iftikhar Dadi

Jul 27, 2015

On Monday, July 27, Prof. Iftikhar Dadi (Cornell University) gave the keynote lecture to the Cluster's 2015 summer school. The art historian, artist and curator discussed contemporary artists' responses to displacements. This year's summer school, from July 26 to 31, was themed "Walking the line – Art of border zones in times of crisis". It took place at the Karl Jaspers Centre.

The lecture titled "Artistic Responses to Partitions: The 'Lines of Control' Project" discussed the artistic imaginaries generated in response to artists' forced displacement. Specifically, it reported on "Lines of Control: Partition as a Productive Space" an exhibition-led inquiry co-curated by Hammad Nasar and Iftikhar Dadi. This project has explored remainders of partitions as well as exclusions in the modern nation-state. It also reflects on the continued impact of colonization, physical and psychic violence of displacement, dilemmas of identity and belonging, and questions of commemoration.

The lecture was chaired by Prof. Monica Juneja, HCTS Professor for Global Art History. It took place on July 27 in Room 212 of the Karl Jaspers Centre.

Dr. Iftikhar Dadi is Associate Professor at Cornell University in the Department of History of Art. In his work, he examines art as a global and networked practice from the late nineteenth century to the present, analyzing the modern and contemporary art of Asia, the Middle East, and their diasporas. Publications include the book "Modernism and the Art of Muslim South Asia" (2010), and essays in numerous journals and edited volumes.

The Summer School "Walking the line – Art of border zones in times of crisis" took place in Heidelberg from July 26 to 31. It engaged with the production, circulation and the disruption of art and visual practices when wars, struggles for national independence and conflicting ideologies result in border contestations and territorial partitions. It was organised by Cathrine Bublatzky, Isabel Ching and Franziska Koch, in collaboration with the Chairs of Global Art HistoryProf. Monica Juneja, and Visual and Media Anthropology, Prof. Christiane Brosius, as well as the Research Network "Arts and the Transcultural".

For more information, please visit the Summer School's website.


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