SEMINAR: THE NATURE OF LANDSCAPE

SEMINAR: THE NATURE OF LANDSCAPE

  • 09 Apr
    30 Apr
    2021

    Aesthetics, Criticism and Theory (ACT)

    Kajri Jain

SEMINAR: THE NATURE OF LANDSCAPE

This series of four seminars on ‘The Nature of Landscape’ with Prof. Kajri Jain is aimed at those students interested in participating in an intensive, postgraduate, proactive classroom environment. Reading the assigned texts before each class, including looking up basic background on their authors, will be essential. Prof. Jain will introduce the materials and topics, but not lecture extensively. She will guide our discussion on the subject, helping us navigate and interrogate new ideas and images together.

What is a “landscape”? To address this question, as this seminar does, is to think about how this category emerged as part of European ideas about something called “nature” and its relationship to human subjectivity. Here landscape became a way of seeing as a way of knowing: in particular as a way of understanding land as property and as a resource, as well as a reflection of human emotions and a way of engaging questions of existence. In order to “provincialise” these ways of seeing/understanding – that is, to identify how they emerged within a very particular set of historical, geographical, cultural, political, and economic contexts that nonetheless came to claim universality – we will compare Western landscape painting traditions with visual forms from other traditions that might be seen as akin to landscapes. These include South and East Asian traditions, as well as Indigenous art from India, North America, and Australia; seminar participants are encouraged to bring their own specific interests to the table. Understanding the genealogies of “landscape” through scholarship in art history, anthropology, history, and geography will equip us for a more globally oriented and critical approach to those strands of modern and contemporary art concerned with the environment and our existence in the geological age recently dubbed the Anthropocene.

Very Limited seats are available. Hence to register, email: ACT Course Director alisha@jp-india.org and JPM Admin info@jp-india.org

Duration -

April 9, 16, 23, 30, 2021

Timing: 6:30 - 9:00 PM IST

Fees

Rs. 4,000

Registrations Closed

Kajri Jain

Kajri Jain

Kajri Jain is Associate Professor of Indian Visual Culture and Contemporary Art at the University of Toronto. Her research focuses on images at the interface between religion, politics, art, and vernacular business cultures in India; she also writes on contemporary art. Jain’s recent monograph, Gods in the Time of Democracy (Duke University Press, 2021), traces the emergence of monumental iconic sculptures in post-liberalization India; the earlier Gods in the Bazaar: The Economies of Indian Calendar Art (Duke University Press, 2007) is about printed icons. Her writing has appeared in Art History, Third Text, Current Anthropology, The Immanent Frame, the Cambridge Companion to Modern Indian Culture, and New Cultural Histories of India.