Social Science and Public Policy

Gandhi in the Gallery: The Art of Disobedience

November 13, 2019 at 2:15pm3:15pm

Bird Library, 114

Sumathi Ramaswamy, James B. Duke Professor of History and International Comparative Studies, Duke University

Mohandas K. Gandhi has been described as “an artist of non-violence” crafting a set of practices of the self and politics that earned him the mantle of Mahātma, “the great soul.” There is an enormous body of scholarship that has explored and critiqued Gandhi’s philosophy and praxis of satyāgraha, non-violent civil disobedience. Yet what does it mean to think of satyāgraha as an aesthetic regime, and its principal exponent as the paradigmatic artist of disobedience? In this presentation, Ramaswamy sets out to answer these questions with the help of India’s modern artists who have turned to the Mahātma as their muse over the past century, but especially in recent decades.

This event was first published on August 19, 2019 and last updated on September 19, 2019.

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