South Asia Institute
South Asia Institute

The Life of the Image in the Time of the Nation: Calendar Art, State Propaganda, Advertising from India

Arvind Rajagopal, New York University

Thu, March 4, 2010 | WCH 4.118

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Spring 2010 South Asia Seminar Series: Media and Postcolonial Culture in India
Spring 2010 South Asia Seminar Series: Media and Postcolonial Culture in India

In my paper I seek to illuminate the culture of Indian globalization through a genealogical analysis of what I call its ‘image economy,’ through a) an exploration internal to the images, understanding them as both artefacts and as texts, and b) by placing these images in historical context. I trace an arc from the colonial to the postcolonial, first to the finale of Nehruvian developmentalism, symbolized by the National Emergency of 1975-77, and then to that of the recent phase of liberalization, to pose some of the paradoxes of Indian politics as they can be seen through these images.

Arvind Rajagopal is Professor of Media Studies at NYU, and is an affiliated faculty in the Departments of Sociology, and Social and Cultural Analysis. His books include Politics After Television: Hindu Nationalism and the Reshaping of the Public in India (Cambridge, 2001), which won the Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy Prize from the Association of Asian Studies and the Daniel Griffiths Prize at NYU, both in 2003, and The Indian Public Sphere: Structure and Transformation (Oxford, 2009). He has won awards from the MacArthur and Rockefeller Foundations, and has been a Member in the School of Social Sciences at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, and at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington DC. In addition to his scholarly writing, he has also published in forums such the SSRC’s Immanent Frame and opendemocracy.net, and in newspapers and periodicals.

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).

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