Objects Across Borders: Conversations on South Asian Materialities

Thursday, May 6, 2021 (All day) to Thursday, May 27, 2021 (All day)
Registration links below
Thursday, May 6, 2021 (All day) to Thursday, May 27, 2021 (All day)

The PIIRS Fung Global Fellows Program and Program in South Asian Studies
and the University College London Centre for the Study of South Asia and the Indian Ocean World

Objects Across Borders:
Conversations on South Asian Materialities


This series is organized by Vindhya Buthpitiya (UCL) and Mallika Leuzinger (Fung Global Fellow, Princeton).


Can a matchbook contain and displace known histories of worker struggles in the Sri Lankan hill country? What might the traces of the china root in Persian pharmacopeia suggest to us about 18th century patients across the Indian Ocean? How does a butter yellow can of milk powder illuminate mobilities between the southern Indian state of Kerala and the Arabian Gulf? What does the journey of an audio cassette of popular music from north-western Pakistan tell us about practices of preservation and networks of trade? How might remembering and forgetting among the inner London Bangladeshi diaspora be examined through a 500 taka note from East Pakistan? Objects Across Borders brings together scholars and creative practitioners working in and on South Asia to  eflect on the stories embedded in visual and material artefacts. Through these conversations, we hope to foreground new or overlooked connections,  contradictions and solidarities across disciplinary and geographic boundaries. 




Session 1: Of Matchbooks and Gold Jewellery (Thursday, 29th April - 11.00 - 12.30 EST)

Mythri Jegathesan

Chinar Shah


Session 2: Of Fezes and China Root (Thursday, 6th May - 10.00 - 11.30 EST)

Shamara Wettimuny

Shireen Hamza


Session 3: Of Master-copies and Video CDs (Thursday, 13th May - 10.00 - 11.30 EST)

Timothy Cooper 

Wazhmah Osman


Session 4: Of Nido Cans and Taka Notes (Thursday, 20th May - 10.00-11.30 EST)

Mohamed Shafeeq Karinkurayil

Saif Osmani


Session 5: Of Hooks and Handkerchiefs (Thursday, 27th May - 10.00-11.30 EST)

Luke Heslop

Adhitya Dhanapal