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Talk by Christiane Brosius and Cathrine Bublatzky in Basel

Apr 15, 2014

On 23rd April, Prof. Christiane Brosius and Cathrine Bublatzky will talk about “Ethnography on Contemporary Art in South Asia” at the Wednesday Colloquium at the University of Basel.

The presentation is made up of two parts: An introduction to the research and teaching activities at the chair of Visual and Media Anthropology with a focus on the concept of transculturality will be followed by two examples from the presenters' individual research in the field of contemporary art in South Asia.

Christiane Brosius presents her work on art practices with a particular focus on Kathmandu, Nepal. Of special interest is the emergence of a new field of art production, education and exhibition in the capital since ca. 2010, as well as the notion of 'tradition' in the works of a selection of art students.

Cathrine Bublatzky will elaborate on the challenges a European traveling exhibition implies for an ethnographic research on Indian contemporary art. According to the question 'who represents whom'? art receives the role of a contested object of (trans)cultural representation in the exhibition space.

Christiane Brosius, who hold the chair of Visual and Media Anthropology, was trained in art education, art history and cultural anthropology and has widely published on media and politics in India, on the new Indian middle class in Delhi, and on emotions and social relations in urban and media-based youth culture in South Asia. She is member of the visual database Tasveerghar - A House of Pictures.

Cathrine Bublatzky, assistant professor to the chair, holds an MA in Anthropology and South Asia History and has recently finished a project on the travelling exhibition “Indian Highway” and contemporary Indian art in a transnational context.

More information about the talk at the website of the University of Basel (PDF)


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