The public process of making and showing movies provided one of the major institutions of democratic modernity in 20th-century India. As India enters a new era of digital governance, the shift to digital filmmaking and exhibition is transforming the essentially political practices that the cinema created. Ashish Rajadhyaksha looks at Bollywood films and accompanying video games, independent cinema, and key works in experimental video in the context of these changes in India’s massive moving image industry.
“Envisioning South Asia: Texts, Scholarship, Legacies” will be one of the key events during the academic year 2015-2016 marking two important landmarks in South Asian studies at the University of Chicago: the 50th anniversary of the Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations (SALC), and the 60th anniversary of the Committee on Southern Asian Studies (COSAS). These celebrations also coincide with the commemoration of the 125th anniversary of the founding of the University of Chicago. The exhibition in Special Collections will provide an opportunity to explore the influential role of University of Chicago scholars in shaping South Asian studies. It will also be an occasion for displaying significant early books and manuscripts on South Asia, as well as papers from University faculty members including A. K. Ramanujan, original research materials and publications, and examples from collections in contemporary popular culture.
South Asia Seminar Series presentation by Patrick Olivelle, Professor Emeritus, Department of Asian Studies, University of Texas, Austin and Visiting Professor.
What was the social status of medical professionals in ancient India? Did that status differ among different socio-economic and religious groups? This seminar examines these issues based on an examination of the terminology used by ancient Indian texts for medical professionals and finds, in these terms, clues to their changing status within Indian society.