Heritage and the Politics of Culture
‘Place, Practice and Nature in Experiential Perspective 1: Indigo’ is a roundtable-workshop to further explore HaB’s methodological approach of viewing indigo as a ‘site of knowledge and meaning’ in diverse regional contexts. In October 2018, the workshop ‘Indigo Traditions and Itineraries: Towards a Syllabus for Humanities across Borders’ held at the Taipei National University of the Arts facilitated a practice and field-based dialogue between scholars, practitioners and other stakeholders of indigo in Taiwan. The meeting reinforced the need for introducing curricular spaces for sustained academia-society interaction, not only towards building locally embedded syllabi but also, in using indigo as a method for trans-disciplinary research and analysis.
The present roundtable is an occasion to discuss the sub-themes that emerged during the Taipei workshop to discuss indigo in a global context. These themes - space, place and ecology; word, memory and meaning; market, aesthetics and ethics – will help us frame the outline for a potential bachelor’s and master’s level course that would be relevant across Asian and African university contexts.