ASA12: Arts and aesthetics in a globalising world

3rd-6th April 2012, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India
Conference convenors: Prof Susan Visvanathan & Prof Parul Mukherji, JNU

The ASA's 2012 conference took place in India in collaboration with the Centre for the Study of Social Systems in the School of Social Sciences, and the School of Arts and Aesthetics, at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi. The conference brought together over 400 delegates from all over the world, providing an unparalleled opportunity for networking between South Asian academics and those from further afield.

Use the expanding menu on the left-hand side to read the various pages regarding this conference. Download the full conference programme as A5 book (PDF).

On the 5th April there was a concert - in collaboration with the Goethe Institute of Delhi featuring Gustavo Aguilar on percussion and
Christopher Williams on contrabass - an intimate hour-long concert featuring solo and duo free improvisations on percussion and contrabass.

Registration fees were £200 (non-members), £160 for members (of ASA and WCAA organisations), £100 for students, £18 (Rs1500) for South Asians living in South Asia, £0 (Rs0) for local students. A map of the conference location is available here.

Plenary speakers

Ghassan Hage (University of Melbourne) - the Firth lecture
Patsy Spyer (University of Leiden)
Parul Dave Mukherjee (School of Art and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi)
Gayatri Sinha (Independent critic and curator, New Delhi)
Jyoti Sahi
Chris Pinney (University College London)
Ranjani Mazumdar (School of Art and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi)
Naman Ahuja, (Arts and Aesthetics, JNU)
Paul Henley (University of Manchester)
Juergen Frembgen (Munich State Museum of Ethnology & University of Munich)
Shubha Chaudhuri (Archives and Research Centre for Ethnomusicology, AIIS, Gurgaon)
Pnina Werbner (Keele University)
Shiv Visvanathan (Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Communication and Technology, Gandhinagar)

Advisory committee

Sharon Macdonald (Anthropology, University of Manchester), Soumendra Patnaik, (Anthropology, University of Delhi), Chris Pinney (Anthropology, UCL), Renuka Singh (CSSS, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi)

Organising committee

Susan Visvanathan, Parul  Mukherjee, Raminder Kaur, Anand Kumar, Bharat Kumar, Vivek Kumar, Nilika Mehrotra, Ranjani Mazumdar, Bimol, Nayanika Mookherjee, Atreyee Sen, G Srinivas, James Staples

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Other events before the conference

The World Council of Anthropological Associations (WCAA) biennial meeting, hosted by IAA in central Delhi.
Symposium on the anthropology of global issues hosted by IAA and ASA in central Delhi.
Workshop on Visual Methods in Social Research: Integration in Research and Teaching (download flyer here)