Inter-area/Border Crossing

Organized Panel Session

78 - Asia in Images: Sites, Media, Ideologies

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

This panel addresses the notions of Asia as a methodological tool in the studies of visual culture focusing specifically on image circulation, intermediality, and circulating geographies constituted by visual forms. What does it mean to think through images? Does writing with images and writing from images suggest altered trajectories about the field of Asian visual culture? Can geographies, spaces, and objects be constituted by visual forms? Do histories of image production, image circulation, image publics, and concerns of intermediality alert us to new possibilities of engaging with the question of the “image itself”? What does such visual culture centered approaches do to the competing notions of Asia?    


In addressing these questions the panelists approach the problem of the image through the registers of media, ideologies, and sites. Ranu Roychoudhuri and Prabhat Kumar read war photographs and Hindi cartoons respectively to think about the relationship between the verbal and the visual texts in the production of meanings. They analyze the ideologies that craft specific visual forms and condition the response of their publics. Roychoudhuri locates photographs within broader mediascape, while Sujith Parayil focuses on the materiality of the photographic medium to think about intermediality. Sraman Mukherjee and Marieke Bloembergen take these concerns to the realm of material culture and object histories. While Mukherjee explores the image/object translations in new transnational moral geographies of Southern Buddhism, Bloembergen maps the circulation of heritage sites as images and fractured visions of Greater India across India and Indonesia.

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Ranu Roychoudhuri

Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, India

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Ranu Roychoudhuri

Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, India

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Sumathi Ramaswamy

Duke University, United States

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Sraman Mukherjee

Ashoka University, India

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Prabhat Kumar

Presidency University, India

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Marieke Bloembergen

Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies, Netherlands

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Sujith Parayil

Jawaharlal Nehru University, India

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Sumathi Ramaswamy

Duke University, United States

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