Visual depiction of the quest for Indian independence is the subject of a lecture by international film scholar Priya Jaikumar.
Her presentation, "Insurgent and Location Shots: Destruction and the Visual Productions of Place with the Indian Rebellion of 1857," will be Friday, March 27, at 3 p.m. in the Killian Room (Room 500) in Syracuse University's Hall of Languages. The event is presented by the Visual Arts and Cultures Cluster of the Mellon Central New York Humanities Corridor, an interdisciplinary collaboration between SU, Cornell University and the University of Rochester, sponsored by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
The lecture is free and open to the public. Parking is available in the SU pay lots. For more information, call SU's Humanities Center at 443-7192.
The Indian Rebellion of 1857, which began as a mutiny by Indian soldiers of Great Britain's East India Co. and led to other revolts throughout British-occupied India, is generally regarded as a watershed moment in Indian history. Also, the rebellion coincides with the rise of international photography and film, shot on location. The intertwining film histories of a declining empire (Great Britain) and a nascent nation (India) are at the heart of an acclaimed book by Jaikumar, "Cinema at the
End of Empire: A Politics of Transition in Britain and India" (Duke University Press, 2006), as well as her lecture at SU.
"My discussion will be an effort to theorize film's cosmopolitanism, which paralleled colonialism's violent onslaughts upon a unified sense of space," says Jaikumar, associate professor and director of graduate studies at the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts. "The paradox is of a splintering sense of time and place coincident
with the intimacy and newly shared visual familiarity of a location." The former SU English professor is widely regarded for her scholarship in cultural regulation, political change and feminism in film.