Tagged with Postcolonialism

Ideal as Real

Ideal as Real

Well, the nineteenth annual Underhill Graduate Colloquium, put on by the History Department at Carleton came to a close on Saturday morning. An all-round success I’d say! One of the panels I attended has stuck out to me in particular: “State of the Art: Archives, Museums, Colonial Records and the Ethics of Displaying the Past … Continue reading

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For what shall I wield a dagger?

For what shall I wield a dagger?

Over the (all-too-brief) reading week, I watched an Indian art-house film from 2002, Mr. and Mrs. Iyer. The film is set in 2001, around communal riots in an unspecified region of the country – somewhere near an unnamed hill station (!). Photography plays a significant role in the film, as the hero is a wildlife … Continue reading

I’ve got a Fever

I just finished reading Gayatri C. Spivak’s “The Rani of Sirmur.” My supervisor recommended it to me after I struggled through her “Can the Subaltern Speak?” which left me feeling somewhat cynical. “Rani” predates the latter essay, and is not quite as heavy.   I will admit that I struggled with the first chunk of … Continue reading

A Rootless Tree

I started writing this post, and then somehow closed it without remembering to save it. In retrospect, that was fortunate, because I believe I had been rambling quite a bit. I’ve been debating whether or not to blog about this for some time now, too, as it’s kind of personal, and I’m one of those … Continue reading

The Realm of the Irrelevant

The Realm of the Irrelevant

I love this picture. Not because it’s a beautiful piece of photography, or for any remotely artistic reason (though, I have been known to take the occasional good shot). This is just a street in Mumbai, India. It is also a picture of a ruins in the middle of a vibrant urban centre. Ruins from … Continue reading

Promises, promises…

So, contrary to what I originally thought, I had promised to explain my Major Research Project (which is like a thesis, but shorter, and doesn’t require a defence – but is accompanied by more coursework) in my first post. My sincerest apologies to those of you who were banking on my expounding the many fascinating … Continue reading