Sarah Pinto | The Arts of Counter-Ethics

Workshop | February 8 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | Barrows Hall, H. Michael and Jeanne Williams Seminar Room, Social Science Matrix, (8th Floor) | Note change in location

 Sarah Pinto, Professor of Anthropology, Tufts University

 Lawrence Cohen, Professor in Anthropology and South and Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies, Townsend Center Working Group on Form and Formalism, Townsend Center for the Humanities Lecture Grant, The Berkeley South Asia Art Initiative

A workshop led by Professor Sarah Pinto, Professor of Anthropology at Tufts University, on a pre-circulated chapter of a manuscript in progress, about a psychoanalytic case from 1940s Punjab, will address ethics as movement and shifting form, using contemporary art, notably the work of Shahzia Sikander, to theorize what I refer to as "counter-ethics". Beginning with Sikander’s motif of “singing spheres,” and following recurring shapes from small, figurative paintings to massive video installations, we will discuss the potential of shape, association, and choreography for thinking about ethics as a gloss for repertoires of focused ways of being in and imagining the world.

For a copy of the paper please write to William Stafford

Speaker Bio
Sarah Pinto is Professor of Anthropology at Tufts University. She is author of Where There Is No Midwife: Birth and Loss in Rural India (Berghahn 2008) and Daughters of Parvati: Women and Madness in Contemporary India (University of Pennsylvania Press 2014), and works on gender, kinship, and the intersection of medical practices with intimate lives. She is currently researching the history of hysteria in India and anticipates the release of The Doctor and Mrs. A.: Ethics and Counter-Ethics in an Indian Dream Analysis in the fall of 2019 (Fordham University Press and Women Unlimited).

Read more about Prof. Pinto at her faculty webpage HERE

The South Asia Art Initiative, inaugurated in Spring 2018, is the culmination of a comprehensive art program, built over the past several years, that promoted conversation around the visual cultures of South Asia through talks, conferences, and exhibitions. The goal of the Initiative is to move onto the next level with local, national, and international collaborations that combine creative energies with insights drawn from scholarly research. To read more about the Initiative or to help support its various fundraising goals, please click HERE

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

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