South Asia

Organized Panel Session

163 - Listening in India: Genealogies of Form

7/7/2018
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Location: Willow, First Floor

Listening in India: Genealogies of Form is the first of two panels which examine histories of listening in India between the seventeenth and twenty-first centuries, placing sound studies, media studies and South Asian history in conversation with one another. These panels consider the movement of sound across an assemblage of spaces, bodies, technologies and affects, with particular attention to the discrepancies between urban and rural practices. By reflecting upon these differing formations, the papers signpost wider disciplinary debates on soundscapes, noise, and loudness, and they develop these conversations through a focus on the hyperlocal, the regional, and the transnational. What might a specifically South Asian study of listening transform the global study of sound? And how might a renewed attentiveness to listening contribute to Asian studies as a whole?


This first panel explores listening in relation to historical practices of language, writing, and performance. Nathan Tabor (Western Michigan University) brings our attention to the Mughal bazaar and its sounds, focusing on the sounding of Urdu. Sharmadip Basu (Azim Premji University) expands on this discussion through his research on the long nineteenth century, explaining how British colonizers and Bengali bhadralok rewrote Indians as modern musical subjects. Madhumita Lahiri (University of Michigan) brings these conversations into the twentieth century, highlighting how anxieties about the fit, or lack thereof, between written and spoken language shaped conceptions of Bengali and Hindi modernist literature. Lakshmi Subramanian (Centre for Studies in Social Sciences), a historian of music and performance, will serve as discussant.

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Madhumita Lahiri

University of Michigan, United States

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Lakshmi Subramanian

Centre for the Studies in Social Sciences, India

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Aditi Deo

Ahmedabad University

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Sharmadip Basu

Azim Premji University, India

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Madhumita Lahiri

University of Michigan, United States

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Lakshmi Subramanian

Centre for the Studies in Social Sciences, India

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