South Asian Aesthetics

University of Pennsylvania, Fall 2014

Session 22: Aesthetics Across Cultures

Guest speaker: Manpreet Kaur (Columbia University) One question that we have consistently run up against in the course is whether and to what extent aesthetic values, concepts and thinking are … Continue reading

November 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

Post: Art and Politics

Our most recent class sessions have found us discussing the relationship between art, literature and politics, and the potential for art to bring about political and social change.  These issues … Continue reading

November 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

Session 21: The Aesthetics of Dissent Part II: Gender, Identity and Violence

In this session, we will continue discussing the intersections between aesthetics and political/social conflict and dissent by looking at two readings that highlight the gendered nature of aesthetics.  The first, by … Continue reading

November 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

Session 20: Aesthetic and Performance of Devotional Music with Yogi Trivedi

During this session we will have the tremendous pleasure and benefit of listening to Yogendra (Yogi) Trivedi speak on aesthetics in the theory and practice of devotional singing in the … Continue reading

November 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

Session 19: The Aesthetics of Dissent Part I- Art and Power

In this session we will explore the relationship between the aesthetic realm, aesthetics as a discourse, and power– in all its political, social, religious, and gendered forms.  The conceptual readings are … Continue reading

November 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

Session 18: The Aesthetics of Desire Part II- Gender, Identity, and Consumption

Coordinator: TBD As we saw during the last session, which addressed the aesthetics of desire and human love sketched by Vatsyayana in the Kāmasūtra, pre-modern South Asian society imagined an identity … Continue reading

November 11, 2014 · Leave a comment