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Date: Jun 14, 2021 Time: 18:00 - 19:30 ( Monday )

Zoom-Vortrag: Sartorial Contestations of Indianness: Guyanese ‘Indian Wear’ and the Creation of the Indian Other

Vortrag
Referee: Dr. Sinah Kloß
Description:

People who define themselves as ‘Indian’ in Guyana consider themselves as descendants of South Asian indentured laborers, who were shipped to the Caribbean to work on sugar plantations during British colonial rule and after the emancipation of enslaved Africans between 1838 and the 1920s. From this period, the Guyanese notion of ‘Indianness’ developed, largely as a result of Othering processes and in opposition to Guyanese ‘Africanness’. In this talk, I demonstrate how Indian clothing served as a means to unify and consolidate the diverse group of Indians in the colonial but also in contemporary Guyanese society, which was and continues to be severely impacted by processes of ethno-politicization and inter-ethnic conflicts. I further analyze contestations and negotiations of Guyanese Indian authenticity in the Guyanese diaspora of New York City, which is the result of a transnational migration that commenced particularly in the 1980s. This migration has accelerated face-to-face encounters with ‘direct migrants’ from South Asia, resulting in novel Othering processes and the definition of the Indian Other.

Target audience: Studenten, Professoren, Presse, Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiter, Mitarbeiter aus Technik und Verwaltung
Public access: Yes
Address: https://uni-bonn.zoom.us/j/95830814459?pwd=UFEzcTVkaDNxYUFvWWJ6VkRlSHBqZz09
Weblink: https://www.ioa.uni-bonn.de/de/inst/aik
Event host: Abteilung für Asiatische und Islamische Kunstgeschichte
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