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SASNET seminar on Women’s Sung Mythologies in the Western Himalayas
June 12, 2014 - 15:15-17:00
Kirin Narayan is Professor of Anthropology and South Asian Studies in the School of Culture, History and Language, College of Asia and the Pacific at ANU. She has come to Sweden on invitation by SASNET as a key note speaker to SASNET’s 2014 Inter-disciplinary research workshop on Culture, Technology and Development, to be held in Falsterbo 13-15 June 2014 (more information).
Seminar abstract: The women who choose to become engaged singers, leading others, describe the practice of singing traditional songs as nurturing and brightening their own lives. Prof. Narayan organizes her paper around a coda in some mythological songs that promises fruits for singing and listening at different stages of life. She reads this coda as a metacommentary on creative expression that intersects with the ways that singers speak about the focused self-cultivation, playful possibility, imaginative space and sociality made possible through shared song. She draws on insights from Kangra to argue for the ways that everyday creativity emerges in activities that might appear routine, and which, in being idiosyncratically and imaginatively appropriated, can enhance well-being.
Venue: Dept. of Gender Studies, Lund University, Allhelgona kyrkogata 14, hus M, Lund.