Visual Cultures of Empire: Amateurs, Artists and Art Writing between London and the Simla Ridge, panel submission for the 56th Annual Meeting of the Midwest Conference on British Studies
October 8-10, 2010, Cleveland, OH
Deadline for abstract submission: 9th April, 2010
This panel seeks papers that examine aspects of the artistic production in British India in relation to aesthetic developments in Britain.
From the days of the company traders to the administrators of the Raj a steady flow of images of India reached Britain. With the development of the print industry such representations were no longer the prerogative of well-to-do patrons, but increasingly circulated in the public realm, exponentially increasing the demand for pictures from this most exotic of British colonies. Thus while the British demand for pictorials from India encouraged local visual production, aesthetic trends in the metropole looped their way to India through British travelers and journalistic discussions. This panel seeks to explore the nature of these relationships and is interested in exploring the visual culture of British India in relation to the art market and aesthetic trends in Britain.
Invited are proposals for papers dealing with any aspect of the aesthetic exchanges between Britain and British India from the 18th to the mid 20th century and the visual cultures they gave rise to.
Proposals should include a title, a 300-500 word abstract, a one-paragraph biographical note on the speaker and full contact details. They should be emailed no later than April 9th 2010 to Renate Dohmen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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