Our panel traces the multidimensional "dynamics" of cultural exchange, its careful self-performance and selective reception of the other, and maps out how both parties in such cultural reciprocity are equal agents in challenging each other in the global emergence of politics of ideas and identities.
In the idea of "transfer" often a one directional movement is imagined, with a focus on how far the knowledge being transferred changes in the process. Our panel would like to bring to the forefront the rather multidimensional "dynamics" of cultural exchange, in which there is as much careful self-performance as there is selective reception of the other. Our papers will demonstrate how both parties in such a cultural reciprocity are equal agents in changing and challenging each other in the global emergence and politics of ideas and identities. Our panel will focus on India and its engagement with the West. Our panel will address our identity as South Asians and South Asianists in the global context, it will examine ways in which travelling concepts impact scholarship, as well as real life concerns, and will look at how cultural diplomacy takes different shapes in dynamics between modern states.In representing language, culture, or religion, we will not only show how they have formed over centuries, but how they are shaping in cross-cultural dynamics, balancing tradition and modernity, using the very "exotic" attention that we fight against to advance on the international scene, revealing the interplay of simple stereotypes with the complex diversity of Indian culture.