Modernities in south asian art

Rethinking Calligraphic Abstraction

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

17.30, Research Forum South Room

Speaker(s): Dr Amna Malik (Lecturer at the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Emilia Terracciano with Professor Deborah Swallow (The Courtauld Institute of Art)

Two opposing paradigms, the eurocentric and the planetary, characterise the question of modernity. The seminar group 'Modernities in South Asia' will discuss issues around modernity and modernism in the context of South Asian art and architecture. The forum will give academics, researchers and curators working in this field, the opportunity to discuss their research and generate a debate around the temporalities and spaces of modernism. In order to orient and inform non-specialist participants, a brief reading list with key texts, are usually emailed out before the seminar.

Useful reading for this seminar:


  • Iftikhar Dadi, 'Calligraphic Modernism' in Modernism and the Art of Muslim South Asia (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press 2010)
  • Kobena Mercer, 'Eccentric Abstractions' in Discrepant Abstraction (Cambridge, Mass: MIT Press and London, Institute of International Visual Arts 2006)
  • Aamir Mufti, Enlightenment in the Colony: the Jewish question and the crisis of postcolonial culture (Princeton: Princeton University Press 2007)


The seminars usually take place once a term, on Tuesday evenings at 5.30pm in the Research Forum, unless otherwise stated. The papers, and formal discussion, are followed by informal discussion over a glass of wine.

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