Ann Grodzins Gold to deliver UT-Austin lecture entitled Jahazpur Passages: Thinking Through a Rajasthan Market Town

Flyer for Ann Grodzins Gold lecture at UT-Austin

Flyer for Ann Grodzins Gold lecture at UT-Austin

December 14, 2017

Thomas J. Watson Professor Ann Grodzins Gold to deliever a lecture at the University of Texas at Austin, for the South Asia Institute Spring 2018 Seminar Series on Musth: Somatic States in South Asia. The lecture is entitled Jahazpur Passages: Thinking Through a Rajasthan Market Town. 

Jahazpur is a small town or qasba in the North Indian state of Rajasthan. With a diverse population of more than 20,000 people, and roots deep in history and legend, Jahazpur has long been a regional hub for trade. It also serves today as a subdistrict headquarters and provides government and medical services unavailable in villages. Until sometime in the mid-twentieth century the town’s stone walls were intact and its several gates locked between dusk and dawn. Based on ten months of eldwork, Gold’s recently published book, Shiptown: Between Rural and Urban North India (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017) offers an integrated series of ethnographic sketches depicting the distinctive nature of Jahazpur as a non-urban, non-rural place. Gold enters Jahazpur (translated as “Shiptown”) through ve gates and a window – approaches that are both literal and metaphoric. This presentation retrospectively considers ways of encountering a complex locality through varied lenses and eldwork methods.

March 1 3:30-5pm
All seminars take place in the Meyerson Conference Room (WCH 4.118) from 3:30-5pm, with a reception preceding at 3pm. Convener: Martha Ann Selby 
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