Davesh Soneji | Resounding Islam: Occluded Muslim Histories of Rāga-Based Music in Modern South India

Lecture | February 13 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Davesh Soneji, Associate Professor, Department of South Asia Studies, University of Pennsylvania.

 Vasugi Kailasam, Assistant Professor of Tamil Studies, South & Southeast Asian Studies

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies, The Tamil Studies Initiative at UC Berkeley

Tamil Studies at UC Berkeley invites you for a talk by Prof. Davesh Soneji, a social historian working in the field of performing arts and South Asia studies.

About the Speaker
Davesh Soneji is Associate Professor in the Department of South Asia Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. His research interests lie at the intersections of social and cultural history, religion, and anthropology.

For the past two decades, he has produced research that focuses primarily on religion and the performing arts in South India, but also includes work on gender, class, caste, and colonialism. He is best known for his work on the social history of professional female artists in Tamil and Telugu-speaking South India and is author of Unfinished Gestures: Devadāsīs, Memory, and Modernity in South India (University of Chicago Press, 2012), which was awarded the 2013 Bernard S. Cohn Book Prize from The Association for Asian Studies (AAS). He is also editor of Bharatanāṭyam: A Reader (Oxford University Press, 2010; 2012) and co-editor, with Indira Viswanathan Peterson, of Performing Pasts: Reinventing the Arts in Modern South India (Oxford University Press, 2008). He is presently co-editing another volume entitled Dance and the Early South Indian Cinema (forthcoming).

Prof. Soneji has recently held positions as Visiting Professor at the Central University of Hyderabad in India, as well as Le Centre d'Études de l'Inde et de l'Asie du Sud (CEIAS) in Paris. Prior to coming to the University of Pennsylvania, Prof. Soneji taught at McGill University in Montreal, Canada for over twelve years. Prof. Soneji is also the co-founder and director of The Mangala Initiative, a non-profit organization centred on social justice issues for hereditary performing artists in South India. He is currently working a new book on the social history of “classical” (Karṇāṭak) music and musical production in South India from the late eighteenth to the mid-twentieth centuries.

Click HERE to read more about Prof. Soneji and his publications.

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Event made possible with the support of the Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies

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