New India seminar examines complexities of a nation gone global
Dilip da Cunha and Anuradha Mathur
From the Nobel Prize in economics to the booming Bollywood film industry to the rapidly expanding technology sector, India’s cultural capital is on display in every corner of the globe.
Yet, according to Temple English professor Priya Joshi, many universities tend to study India through the lens of an older, area-studies model that fails to capture its present complexity.
What some call the “nation of bullock carts” coexists with the new, global India of malls, multiplexes, and Maseratis.
“India is no longer a nation or a space, but a global idea that travels,” Joshi says.
To examine this dynamic, Joshi is convening an annual seminar, “Culture, Capital, and the Making of the New India,” which is sponsored by the Center for the Humanities at Temple, Fox School's Center for International Business, Education and Research (CIBER) and the CLA Dean's Office.
The seminar, says Joshi, will put Temple at the forefront of an academic movement to frame a new understanding of contemporary India.
The New India Seminar will feature scholars as well as non-academic guests, such as Indian novelists and filmmakers.
It launches on Thursday, Nov. 2, with a lecture about Bangalore's landscape by the prize-winning architect-planner team, Anuradha Mathur and Dilip da Cunha of the Penn School of Design.
For more information and a schedule of events, visit: www.temple.edu/humanities/india/index.htm.
— Alix Gerz