Thursday 21 May 2020
2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Online via Zoom
“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” (Marcel Proust).
The seminar series Imperial Subjects: (Post)colonial conversations between South Asia and Wales is led by British Art Network bursary awardee Glynn Vivian Art Gallery and South Asian art historian Dr Zehra Jumabhoy. This series of seminars has been adapted for delivery online.
South Asia and Wales have had a long liaison, stretching back to the earliest years of Britain’s socio-political infiltration of the Subcontinent. And, given Wales’ own status within the larger British narrative, the encounters have often been more collaborative (and the two have shared more in common) than the history of Colonialism would lead one to assume. This series of four paired seminars traces some of the historic interactions between South Asia and Wales, while simultaneously forging new ones.
The seminars are paired as Week One and Two and will be delivered on Tuesday and Thursday each week. Delegates may register for one or both weeks.
The two seminars in Week Two have been organised with the help of Welsh literary historian Professor Daniel G. Williams and India-expert Anne Buddle from Edinburgh’s National Scottish Galleries.
Seminar Four: Cultural Interactions
21 May 2020, 2-4:30pm
South Asia and Wales have had a long liaison; stretching back to the earliest years of Britain’s socio-political infiltration of the Subcontinent. There have even been some academic forays into tracing the similarities between ancient Vedic myths and Celtic legends; between gods and fairies. Yet, for all its rich-ness, this relationship – like much else when it comes to Britain’s acknowledgment of Wales – has been largely overlooked. Whilst, the Irish and Scottish connections with South Asia have been explored, there has been little concentrated study on the various cultural, religious, political and mercantile conversations between South India and Wales.
This seminar is the last in the Imperial Subjects series, and marks the beginning of the build-up to a major exhibition, featuring contemporary Welsh and South Asian artists, curated by Glynn Vivian’s Katy Freer and Zehra Jumabhoy. The seminar offers the launching pad for further inter-cultural and multi-disciplinary debates.
Panel Discussion with Professor Daniel G. Williams
Spaces are limited, booking essential.
Register to attend both Week Two seminars
Everyone welcome, particularly members of the subject specialist British Art Network.
This seminar series is funded by and forms part of the programme of the British Art Network. The British Art Network is led and supported by Tate and the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, with additional public funding provided by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
Image: N.S. Harsha, FACING, 2018. An Artes Mundi and Glynn Vivian partnership exhibition. Installation view: Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea. Photography Polly Thomas