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Lectures on Iconography

Western perceptions of Indian culture

The IK Foundation Lectures 2002
Professor Francis X. Clooney, SJ
27 Feb 2002

An historical overview of how the West has interpreted and misinterpreted. Indian culture through the ages.

Related: Iconography, Literature, Modern Hinduism

The Hindu imagination and imaginary Hinduisms

Majewski Lecture
Dr David Smith
21 Nov 2003

Related: Iconography, Literature, Modern Hinduism

Devised lineages and pliant biographies: A study of Shiva and his retinue

Dr Nilima Chitgopekar
18 Feb 2004

Related: Iconography, Saiva

Siva in sculpture, painting, and dance

Dr Anne-Marie Gaston
14 May 2004

Related: Iconography, Saiva

What do we learn from the iconography of the goddess

Majewski Lecture
Dr Sanjukta Gupta
19 May 2004

Related: Goddesses, Iconography

Images and ideas of the goddess in the Hindu tradition

Shivdasani Seminar
Professor Mandakranta Bose
2 May 2006

Prof. Mandakranta Bose (Emeritus Professor, Centre for India and South Asia Research, University of British Columbia, Canada)

The idea of Devi, the goddess on whom all creation depends for both protection and nurture, is fundamental to the Hindu way of life. This profound philosophical idea found powerful expression in Hindu myths from early times, influencing both religion and culture in South Asia. This lecture will take note of the intensely emotional impact of the idea of the goddess figure in Hindu thought and trace how through the ages it has been reworked into the rich fabric of South Asian literature, art and the performing arts.

Related: Goddesses, Iconography

Icon and murti (four seminars)

Icon and murti (four seminars)
Dr Matthew Steenberg
25 Jan 2007

This seminar series will examine the issue of representation of the divine in Christian Orthodoxy and Vaisnava Hinduism. Given that God is unknowable and beyond all representation in these traditions, questions will be raised about how a transcendent reality can be represented, the function of such representations, and the degree to which such mediations are thought to be required by tradition. The first two seminars will offer theological backgrounds to Orthodoxy and Vaisnava Hinduism and the remaining two will examine in more detail conceptual and historical problems in the history of the traditions.

Related: Comparative Theology, Iconography

Icon and murti (four seminars)

Dr Kenneth Valpey
25 Jan 2007

This seminar series will examine the issue of representation of the divine in Christian Orthodoxy and Vaisnava Hinduism. Given that God is unknowable and beyond all representation in these traditions, questions will be raised about how a transcendent reality can be represented, the function of such representations, and the degree to which such mediations are thought to be required by tradition. The first two seminars will offer theological backgrounds to Orthodoxy and Vaisnava Hinduism and the remaining two will examine in more detail conceptual and historical problems in the history of the traditions.

Related: Comparative Theology, Iconography

The dancing Shiva as a focus for teaching cultural diversity

Dr Anne-Marie Gaston
7 May 2007

This seminar examines representations of the deity Shiva, and explores the possibilities of the image of the dancing Shiva as a pedagogical focus in teaching cultural diversity.

Related: Iconography, Saiva

Maps, mother goddess, and martyrdom in modern India

Shivdasani Lecture
Professor Sumathi Ramaswamy
24 Apr 2008

Related: Iconography, Modern India, Politics

Visual piety and bazaar Hinduism

Professor Sumathi Ramaswamy
1 May 2008

Related: Iconography, Modern India

Of gods and globes: The territorialisation of Hindu deities in popular visual culture

Shivdasani Lecture
Professor Sumathi Ramaswamy
8 May 2008

Related: Iconography, Modern India, Politics

The "Hindu" Goddess and Indian modernity

Professor Sumathi Ramaswamy
15 May 2008

Related: Gender, Goddesses, Grammarians, Hindu Theology, Iconography, Modern India

The Lion of Durga

Dr Jim Robinson
30 Oct 2008

Dr Robinson did his D.Phil. research on the Worship of Clay Images in West Bengal. An important part of this was the study of Hindu iconography and the festivals of West Bengal, including Durga puja. Recently he has become a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society and is working on an article on an ivory figure of Durga in the V&A which was part of the Great Exhibition of 1851. Photographs taken during fieldwork in Bengal and amongst the Bengali community in the UK are now in the British Museum Asia collection and in the archives of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies. Items such as pata paintings and saras collected during my research in Bengal are also in the Asia collection of the British Museum. He is currently a teacher of Religious Education in Oxfordshire. His fascination with Durga started from a very early age in India where he was born and brought up and he is now particularly interested in researching Durga puja in Calcutta during the British period from 18th–20th centuries.

Related: Goddesses, Iconography

Krishna In Dance and Miniature Paintings

Dr Anne-Marie Gaston
24 May 2012

The representation of Krishna in Indian dance is inspired by miniature paintings. What does the dancer see when she looks at a miniature painting.? How close is the connection between dance and painting?. This lecture demonstration includes video, images and dance to covney a rich mythic and artistic experience. 

Related: Dance, Iconography, Music