South Asia Seminar Series: IMAGE/TEXT/SOUND
Thu, October 2, 2008 • 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM • Meyerson Conference Room, WCH 4.118
The SAI seminar series features lectures by distinguished South Asian specialists from UT and abroad. Regular seminars occur on Thursdays at 3:30 pm, preceded by a reception at 3:00 pm, in the Meyerson Conference Room (WCH 4.118).Davesh Soneji is Assistant Professor of South Indian Religions in the Faculty of Religious Studies at McGill University, Montreal. His research and teaching focuses on gender, ritual and performance in Tamil and Telugu-speaking South India. Using archival, literary and ethnographic sources, his current project on devadasis explores the resignifications of courtly and temple ritual, performance practices, and female identity in the context of colonial modernity. Prof. Soneji is co-editor, with Prof. Indira Viswanathan Peterson of Performing Pasts: Reinventing the Arts in Modern South India (Oxford University Press, 2008). He has also been commissioned to create the Oxford Anthology of Writing on Indian Dance, and is presently completing a monograph entitled Recalling Gestures: Devadasis, Modernity, and Memory in South India.