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Mapping the Himalayan Imaginary: A Postcolonial Perspective: Jyotsna Singh at the Mountaineering Culture Studies Group Meeting


Mapping the Himalayan Imaginary: A Postcolonial Perspective

Jyotsna Singh

The many hill towns, cemeteries, churches, and mountaineering trails dotting the Himalayan landscape in India from East to West tell the story of British settlement during its empire. My paper will combine a history of some of these sites—Simla, Kasauli, Dharamshala—with traces of my own production as a postcolonial subject. How I have lived and imagined the Himalayas is shaped by echoes of empire and capitalist intrusions of contemporary India. Thus the real and imagined Himalayas produce a rich history.


Jyotsna Singh researches and teaches early modern literature and culture, colonial history, travel writing, postcolonial theory, and gender and race studies, often exploring the intersections of these different fields. She is Professor of English at Michigan State University.

This event is hosted in conjunction with the Center for South Asian Studies, UM.

Start Time: 1/27/2012  4:00 PM
Location: 3222 AH
Website: http://mountaineeringculture.tumblr.com/
Contact: amritad@umich.edu
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