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Adrian Carton

A World Apart? India and Internationalization in Historical Context

CAS Public Colloquium | Tuesday, 18 June 2013  | 05:00 pm
Date: Tuesday, 18 June 2013  | 05:00 pm - 07:00 pm
Speaker: Adrian Carton  (University of Western Sydney, Australia)
Organization: Centre for Area Studies (U Leipzig, Germany)

Many colonial and development discourses assume that India was static and isolated before European influence. Situated in an historical teleology which emphasizes India's comparative 'backwardness' to the West, these stereotypes are surprisingly persistent. In this lecture, I challenge these assumptions from a global perspective. In particular, I look at the ways in which Indian nationalists chose to represent the postcolonial nation after independence in 1947. By appropriating visual symbols from India's ancient past, there was an effort to stress pre-European interactions and exchanges in an international context. How does global history help us to re-think India's place in the world?

Biographical Note: 
Adrian Carton is based at the Institute of Culture and Society at the University of Western Sydney, his research spans the interdisciplinary areas of global studies, postcolonial studies and imperial history with a South Asian focus. He is particularly interested in issues of 'mixed-race' identity in colonial environments but also has interests in global food history, sexuality, and historical approaches to globalization. 
For more information, please see the following webpage: www.uws.edu.au/ics/people/researchers/adrian_carton