Scholars in Progress, September 29: Urdu Mushaira in the Nineteenth Century

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September 29, 2022
Subject Fields: 
Intellectual History, Literature, Languages, Linguistics, South Asian History / Studies
Dear all,

Our next Scholars in Progress session will take place on September 29, 2022 at 2 pm EST/ 7 pm BST in this zoom room. We will be discussing and offering feedback on Anish Gawande's paper "Contested Creations: Invention and Innovation within the Urdu Mushaira in the Nineteenth Century."
To receive a copy of Anish's paper, please email us at

Anish is a recent Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford with a Master's degree in Intellectual History. In this essay, he presents a brief history of the mushaira--poetic gathering--and its centrality to the development of the poetic form of the ghazal.

Anish has offered readers a set of questions to consider as they read the paper and prepare their feedback:
  • Is there sufficient grounding to establish what the "negotiation of literary authority" means with respect to the understanding of both the constructed value of verses and the propensity for their dissemination? 
  • Is the concept of "bounded imagination" sufficiently precise to characterise the unique form of creation of verses mandated by the rules of the nineteenth-century mushaira? 
  • Is there a clear enough distinction drawn between the mushaira as a poetic symposium in general and the nineteenth-century mushaira as a distinct entity that holds the capacity for the negotiation of this literary authority? 
We will also use the first 10-15 minutes of the meeting to introduce ourselves, get to know one another, and network. Our last presenter, Vanessa K lacocca of Purdue University, will then deliver a brief comment on the paper before we ask Anish questions.

Scholars-in-Progress values an atmosphere of collegiality and productivity. Though we encourage critical feedback, therefore, it should further the goals of alliance and collaboration. Further, the session will be recorded and made available on the NCSA website for NCSA members. Attending the zoom session signals your willingness to be included in the recording. If you do not wish to appear in the video, you can also attend and keep your camera off.

Lastly, if you wish to submit your own work-in-progress for our next paper discussion session, please feel free to get in touch at this email address.

We're looking forward to seeing you online on Thursday the 29th!

With best wishes,
The NCSA Graduate Caucus
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Alexandra Solovyev, NCSA Graduate Caucus Member (