P35
Imagining Bangladesh and forty years of its aesthetic trajectory

Convenors:
Manpreet Janeja (Leiden University)
Lala Rukh Selim (University of Dhaka)
Discussant:
Nayanika Mookherjee
Location:
SSS-I Committee Room, Ground Floor
Start time:
6 April, 2012 at 8:30
Session slots:
2

Short abstract:

In celebrating forty years of Bangladesh the panel seeks to map its aesthetic (visual, literary, phenomenological and sensual cultures ) trajectory in an attempt to decentre the orientalising tropes of 'lack' through which Bangladesh is predominantly imagined in South Asia and in the 'West'?

Long abstract:

Bangladesh is imagined and imaged as a country which is orientalised and symbolised by its 'lack'. Alongside the prevailing image of grinding poverty, floods and cyclones, internationally, the study of Bangladesh is linked to policies relating to population control, development and now climate change. It is also imagined as an 'Islamic' country, ruled by military governments and dominated by NGOs. At the juncture of celebrating forty years of Bangladesh the panel seeks to map its aesthetic trajectory. How do these aesthetic registers enable a decentring of the orientalising tropes of lack through which Bangladesh is predominantly imagined in South Asia and in the 'West'? This panel endeavours to bring together original and innovative research in the field of the aesthetic trajectory of Bangladesh studies that critically investigates some of the popular and scholarly frames by which Bangladesh is imagined. What are the intellectual and political implications of these aesthetic frames? We welcome papers that study the visual, literary, phenomenological and sensual cultures of Bangladesh. Inviting papers that imaginatively approach the aesthetic study of Bangladesh, we aim to create a cross-disciplinary debate about research themes, agendas, and methods in the contemporary study of Bangladesh.