“No Parallel? The Fatherly Bodies of Gandhi and Mao: An Interdisciplinary Dialogue"

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February 20, 2018 to February 23, 2018
Subject Fields: 
Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies, Cultural History / Studies, East Asian History / Studies, South Asian History / Studies

This seminar series including an artists’ forum focuses on two hyper-visible men of the twentieth century, Mahatma Gandhi and Chairman Mao, to consider how they have been transformed over the course of the last century through visual imagery and image-events into globally recognizable “bio-icons.” Situated at the intersection of the visual politics of masculinity and the cultural politics of fatherhood, this interdisciplinary dialogue between historians, art historians, and artists seeks to illuminate how the corporeal is critical to the affective and ethical reach of such bio-icons within the imagined communities of their respective nations.

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Sumathi Ramaswamy
Department of History
Duke University, Box 90719 
Durham, NC 27708
Tel: (919) 684-5764
Fax: (919) 681-7670

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