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SASNET seminar on Women’s Sung Mythologies in the Western Himalayas

June 12, 2014 - 15:15-17:00

Professor Kirin Narayan from the School of Culture, History and Language at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra holds a SASNET lecture on Thursday 12 June 2014. The lecture is entitled ”Everyday Creativity and Well-Being: Women’s Sung Mythologies in the Western Himalayas”, and is co-organised by the Dept. of Gender Studies, Lund University. The presentation focuses on the Kangra region in Himachal Pradesh state, where as in much of India songs have been traditionally chorused by groups of female relatives and neighbors to bring good fortune to rituals and celebratory events. 

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.

SASNET seminar on Women’s Sung Mythologies in the Western Himalayas


June 12, 2014