Wednesday, 22 May 2013

SAALG 89th Conference - South Asian Arts and Crafts - Norwich - Friday 5th and Saturday 6th July

SAALG is very pleased to announce that its next conference will take place in Norwich on Friday 5th and Saturday 6th July at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts and the SADACC Trust.

Image copyright of SCVA University of East Anglia

The conference will explore South Asian arts and crafts and will include talks on: 

  • Early British Observations: The Madras and Environs Album 1804-1808’  by Diana Grattan (Collection Curator, The SADACC Trust)  
  • Indian anthropology and it’s archive’ by Dr Dan Rycroft  (Lecturer in the Arts and Cultures of Asia at the School of World Art Studies, UEA)
  • 'Networked Artist-led Initiatives in South Asia' by Emily Crane (PhD Candidate, Sainsbury Institute for Art, University of East Anglia).  

There will also be presentations by Taylor and Francis of their new ‘South Asia Archive’ and Adam Matthew Digital of the digital archive of 'Foreign Office Files for India, Pakistan and Afghanistan, 1947-1980'

Following our day programme at SCVA we will move to the SADACC Trust for an introduction to its work and collections and a drinks reception.

Image copyright of SADACC Trust
Our Friday programme will conclude with a conference dinner at
the Loch Fyne restaurant in Norwich. On the morning of Saturday 6th there will be a guided tour of the SCVA galleries.

To attend our Friday programme the fee is £20.00 payable on the day (including lunch and refreshments, but excluding the conference dinner) and to attend the Saturday programme it is an additional £10.00. We encourage you to bring guests, family or friends to our conference dinner and Saturday tour, please just let us know when you book.

We are very grateful to Adam Matthew Digital for sponsoring our Drinks reception and Taylor and Francis for a donation to help SAALG with running costs for the conference.

For a full programme (including further details about accommodation options and conference dinner) or to make your booking please get in touch with Helen Porter by Friday 28th June.

Friday, 17 May 2013

Searching for Sikh Soldiers on British Medals

Enjoy a short talk, viewing session and tour of the Fitzwilliam Museum’s Images of Empire display. This special event provides an opportunity to take a closer look at a selection of rare silver medals and see beautiful artwork relating to Sikh soldiers who fought for and against the British during the nineteenth century.

Open to all. Refreshments provided.
When?  Sat 15 June 2013 | 14:00 to 15:00
Where?  Seminar Room, Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington Street, Cambridge,  CB2 1RB

Free, but advanced booking recommended. Please email to book a place.

Friday, 10 May 2013

Scholars without Borders

Just a short post to introduce you to the blog, Scholars without Borders, .  I have added a link to it in our Blog List (scroll down and it is on the right hand side of this post).

Scholars without Borders is a blog written by a group of academics based at the Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, who are keen to promote academic books published in India to a wider audience.  It provides timely posts on new books, but also on journals, documentaries and reports.

Monday, 6 May 2013

Tagore goes online in English and Bengali

Bichitra, ( an online variorum of the works of Rabindranath Tagore, will be launched on 8 May 2013. According to Abhijit Gupta, Associate Professor of English, Jadavpur University, and Director, Jadavpur University Press, it is the largest integrated site on any author, containing nearly all of his writings in Bengali and English, in all their versions, from manuscript to print, comprising 47,520 pages of manuscript and 91,637 pages of print. Other features of the website include text files of every version of each of Tagore's works, a unique collation software (the first in Indic script), a search engine that helps locate any word or phrase used in his works, a checklist of all Tagore's manuscripts and a comprehensive bibliography of Tagore's works. The website can be navigated in three languages--English, Bengali and Hindi. The project was executed in two years by the School of Cultural Texts and Records, Jadavpur University, and was led by Sukanta Chaudhuri, emeritus professor at Jadavpur University.

Friday, 3 May 2013

Rosemary Seton Talk and Book Launch at the RAS Friday 10th May

Rosemary Seton would like to invite SAALG members to an illustrated talk she will be giving at the Royal Asiatic Society next Friday 10th May at 18.30 on her recently published book Western Daughters in Eastern Lands. There will be short contributions from Dr Emily Manktelow (University of York) and Dr Frances Wood (British Library) followed by a wine reception.

There is full information about the event and location on the Royal Asiatic Society blog