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DEC Onwards
Criticism & Theory
Liberalism and its Indian Afterlife
Faisal Devji
JAN Onwards
Islamic Aesthetics
In the Triangle of Samarkand
Ilker Evrim Binbaş
JAN Onwards
Islamic Aesthetics
From International Timurid to Ottoman
Gülru Necipoğlu
JAN Onwards
Islamic Aesthetics
Architecture & Decor
Yves Porter
JAN Onwards
Islamic Aesthetics
After Timur: Calligraphy and the Arts
Simon Rettig
Islamic Aesthetics
The Global Muṣḥ af: Visual Identity,
Simon Rettig
JAN Onwards
Indian Aesthetics
Thief Who Stole My Heart:
Vidya Dehejia

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E-mail: to.jnanapravaha@gmail.com, info@jp-india.org
Tel      : +91-22-2207 2974 / 2207 2975
Landmark: We are next to Cathedral Middle School, in the lane opposite J.B.Petit School.



Module I. Orientalism

3 - 31 Jul '18 6.30 pm - 8.30 pm

Image : Odalisque with a Slave, 1836 - 1840 by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres
(1780 - 1867)

This module examines Orientalism, a discourse that Edward Said named with the 1978 publication of his eponymous book. Orientalism took the American academy by storm, providing an opportunity for scholars in the humanities and social sciences to think more critically about the relation between knowledge production and the exercise of power in the history of Western colonization of the East. The course begins with a close reading of Said’s text, examining the conditions of possibility for its writing and publication in 1978 as well as its effects on the academy since. We then move to a critical analysis of Said’s so-called Foucaultian analysis of Orientalism, comparing it to Foucault’s own understanding of the discourse of Western sexuality. Third, we analyze Marxist challenges to Said’s claim that without Orientalism, colonialism could not have happened. The course concludes with an alternative approach to the relation between knowledge and power, one that does not privilege either knowledge (Said) or power (Marxists) at the expense of the other: continental psychoanalysis.

Course Requirements
Attendance is strongly encouraged. Participants should come to each seminar having read the assigned texts and prepared to discuss them. Registered students will receive all course material (schedules, announcements, required reading, recommended reading, and assignments) through JPM think, our online education management portal. Each week, students are required to complete a short writing assignment.

July 3rd, 4th, 10th, 11th, 17th, 18th, 24th, 25th, 30th, and 31st, 2018, from 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Timings: 6:30 - 8:30 PM

Registration Fee:
Rs. 7,500/- (Participation with 75% attendance)
Rs. 10,000/- (Participation with 75% attendance, and writing required)

How to apply:
You are required to submit photocopies of your bio and last degree certificate at our center after filling in the enrollment form. Course fees are accepted only in cash, or cheque in favor of 'Jnanapravaha'


Rohit Goel

Rohit Goel is Academic Director at Jnanapravaha and a PhD Candidate in Political Science and Lecturer at the University of Chicago. His dissertation, “War and Peace in Lebanon,” employs Marxist and psychoanalytic methods to examine the history of Lebanese nationalism. He received a BA in Social and Political Thought from Harvard University and an MPhil in Social and Political Sciences from the University of Cambridge.


Registration Fees: Rs. 7500/-



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Queens Mansion, 3rd Floor, G. Talwatkar Marg,
Fort, Mumbai - 400001. India.
Tel: +91-22-2207 2974 / 2207 2975.
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Email: to.jnanapravaha@gmail.com,

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