About this Project

This project will lay the foundations of a new paradigm for understanding movement, practice, materiality, and embodiment as constituting factors of social relations across long temporal arcs and geographic itineraries unbounded by national borders in the Indian Ocean region. The project builds upon and extends a strong base of interdisciplinary collaborations that the participants, together with colleagues from North America, Europe, and South Asia, have developed over the past three years in workshops at the University of Chicago and in South Asia. Those workshops, on sonic and visual culture in South Asia, have called for the integrated and multidisciplinary approach to an expanded field of practices and objects, which will provide the basis for a performance, exhibition, and multimedia publication that establish a new paradigm for understanding the arts in the Indian Ocean region. This expanded field will enable the participants to produce a robust understanding of the historical significance of the diverse artistic practices in the region, and the complex ways they helped shape local and transregional cultures.

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