Sharing here with you all, the invite from History Society AUD, for the Book Launch Session of, Water Histories of South Asia : The Materiality of Liquescence, edited volume by Sugata Ray and Venugopal Maddipati, published recently by Routledge India in July, 2019.
Chair: Denys P Leighton, Professor, School of Liberal Studies, AUD
Discussants:Venugopal Maddipati, Assistant Professor, School of Design, AUD Atul Bhalla : Conceptual Artist working with Environmental Issues Sarover Zaidi : Assistant Professor at Jindal School of Art and Architecture Jutta Jain-Neubauer : Associate Researcher, Department for Asian & Islamic Art History, Bonn University Asim Waqif : Artist and Architect working with principles of urban planning, architecture and interactivity
Abstract :The discussion will explore the book, Water Histories of South Asia: The Materiality of Liquescence. The book is an attempt at interweaving the ecological with the aesthetic under the emerging field of eco art history. More broadly, the book surveys the intersections between water systems and the phenomenology of visual cultures in early modern, colonial and contemporary South Asia. Bringing together contributions by eminent artists, architects, curators and scholars who explore the connections between the environmental and the cultural, the Volume situates water in an expansive relational domain. It covers disciplines as diverse as literary studies, environmental humanities, sustainable design, urban planning and media studies. The chapters explore the ways in which material cultures of water generate technological and aesthetic acts of envisioning geographies, and make an intervention within political, social and cultural discourses. The book brings art history into conversation with current debates on climate change by examining water's artistic, architectural, engineering, religious, scientific and environmental facets from 16th century to the present.