Hybrid Lecture – Yael Rice, "Mastering a World by Consuming a Book, circa 1495–1505" (Silsila, NYU) – February 22

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Yael Rice, Amherst College

Online and in person at New York University, Room 222, 20 Cooper Square, New York, 10003 

Wednesday, February 22nd, 6.30 pm EST
Part of the NYU Silsila Spring 2023 Program

Focusing on the Ni'matnāma (Book of delights), a unique illustrated recipe book created around 1500 for the Khalji sultans of Malwa in west-central India, this talk addresses the intersection of food and manuscript cultures in the production of the ethical male subject. It contributes to recent debates about globality and globalization by considering how the Ni'matnāma maps, embodies, and consumes a very particular kind of world. At the heart of this world (as well as the manuscript) are the sultans, who harmonize the kingdom and the cosmos through their sensorial mastery of distant and near forms.  

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