#TCOTI (The Context Of The Implicit, September 09, 2018):
What paints the scene for you? Do you often get carried away? How do we recall the mutable past? Is all implicitness context, time, politics, language, and subject dependent? Is our freest choice also controlled by culture? What makes something visible, sayable, perceivable, or (even) intuitive? Can the visual be more implicit than the textual? Is sound most implicit? Is our implicit explicit for ‘God’? Is architecture, being both symbolic and real, the language of the given? Is architecture mythical? How does the built form (say, the stage) reflect the natural world or the cosmology? Are airports non-places? How do the givens change (either dramatically or slightly)? How might tea be advertised? Does modernity reference only itself? Do you sell things off you do not use? Why can’t a performance be fully reproduced or archived or described? Do each one of us have our own implicit? Do we always create more implicit? Can Reason make everything explicit? Will we keep pursuing the promise of presence as we attempt to ‘leap’ forward? What do we want to be? SynTalk thinks about these & more questions using concepts from performance studies (Dr. Trina Nileena Banerjee, Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta (CSSSC), Kolkata), semiotics & linguistics (Dr. Seema Khanwalkar, CEPT University, Ahmedabad), & art history / architecture (Dr. Venugopal Maddipati, Ambedkar University, New Delhi).
SynTalk is pleased and privileged to have hosted the following SynTalkrs (in alphabetical order) on its #TCOTI show.
Dr. Trina Nileena Banerjee (performance studies) is an Assistant Professor at the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta (CSSSC), Kolkata. Between 2011 and 2013, she taught at the Theatre and Performance Studies Department at the School of Arts and Aesthetics in Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi. She was also the visiting Fellow at the School of Theatre, Performance and Cultural Policy Studies, University of Warwick, UK (2012), and a visiting lecturer at the National School of Drama’s (NSD) Northeastern Regional Centre, Gangtok, Sikkim (2016, 2017) & at the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune (2016). She completed her M.A. in English Literature from Jadavpur University, and then she proceeded to complete a Masters of Studies (M.St.) in English at the University of Oxford, U.K. She then completed her Ph.D. from Jadavpur University. As part of her Ph.D. thesis she worked on the history of women in the group theatre movement in Bengal between 1950 and 1980. Her research interests include gender, performance, political theatre, theories of the body, postcolonial theatre and south Asian history. She has also been a theatre and film actress, as well as a journalist and fiction writer. She has also been researching the interfaces between women’s protest movements and political theatre in contemporary Manipur for several years now. Dr. Banerjee has co-edited a collection of translated essays titled ‘Bipanna Samay: Barnabad, Jatiyotabad, Bakswadhinota o Ajker Bharot’ (Sarmistha Dutta Gupta, 2016). Her essays have been published in several edited volumes and national/international journals. She writes in both Bengali and English. Dr. Banerjee was awarded The Felix Scholarship (2004) & the ICSSR Fellowship (2006). She was also awarded the Monograph grant from Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies for a monograph on ‘Embodying Suffering: Interface(s) between Women’s Protest Movements and Women’s Performance in Contemporary Manipur (1980-2010)’.
Dr. Seema Khanwalkar (semiotics, linguistics) is currently an Adjunct Professor at the School of Design, CEPT University, Ahmedabad. She has also been a visiting Faculty at Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIMA, since December 2016), at National Institute Of Design (NID), Ahmedabad (since 2002), & at IIT Bombay (Mumbai, 2009-2010). She also taught at Mudra Institute for Communications Research (MICA, Ahmedabad, 1998-2006), and has been a contributory Faculty at University of Mumbai (Faculty of Linguistics, 1996-1998), & at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU, New Delhi, 1987-1988). Dr. Khanwalkar completed her B.A. in English Literature from University of Madras (Chennai), and then went to JNU where she completed her M.A., M.Phil., & Ph.D. in Linguistics. As part of her M.Phil. thesis, she studied the reflexive pronouns in Marathi syntax, and for her Ph.D. thesis, she studied the language and structure in Konkani folk narratives. One of her key research interests is cities and meanings, where she studies cities as plural texts from a semiotic perspective; her research has elucidated the intersection of the urban environment and social space because they examine meanings formed by cultural processes. She has worked on design as a system, and its relations to other cultural systems such as film, literature, painting, and philosophy. One of her recent research efforts has been to understand the language (and the newness) of the new media. Dr. Khanwalkar has also been active consultant to advertising (Leo Burnett, O&M) / market research agencies (IMRB, AC-Nielsen), and companies (Unilever, Godrej, P&G). She is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for Springer Series on ‘Numanities: Arts and Humanities in Progress’, & a member of the International Association for Semiotic Studies (IASS). She has published numerous papers in international journals such as: SEMIOTICA, Social Semiotics, & American Journal of Semiotics A Manifesto For ‘New Humanities’.
Dr. Venugopal Maddipati (art history, architecture) is an Assistant Professor at the School of Design, Ambedkar University, New Delhi. He has also been at the Nehru Memorial Fellow at the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (2012-2013). Previously, he was the visiting Faculty at the School of Planning and Architecture (SPA, New Delhi, 2012-2013), and at the University School of Architecture and Planning (Delhi, 2012). He was also the visiting Associate Fellow at the Center for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS, Delhi, 2012). Dr. Maddipati completed his B.Arch. from SPA, New Delhi, and then went to the University of Minnesota, from where he completed his M.A. and a Ph.D. in Art History. His Ph.D. thesis was titled, ‘Selfsame Spaces: Gandhi, Architecture and Allusions in Twentieth Century India’. Dr. Maddipati’s research interests are ecological architecture, South Asian art and architecture, vernacular architecture, cultural heritage, history of Islamic architecture, & medieval to modern art. He has finished a monograph titled, ‘The Never Ending Present: Gandhi and Architecture Against History: 1936-2013’, and is publishing a co-edited (with Dr. Sugata Ray, University of California, Berkeley, USA) volume, titled, ’Liquescent Materiality: Water Histories in South Asia 1500 to the Present’ (to be published by Routledge, 2018). Dr. Maddipati is a referee for Art Journal, and for the Open Library for the Humanities. He has won research grants from Forum Regionale Studien (Berlin, 2016-2017), and Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (2012-2013). He has been awarded the Puffer Fellowship at the University of Minnesota (2003).
Note: Any & all errors in the brief profiles above are SynTalk’s own.
#TCOTI mentions: William Shakespeare, Immanuel Kant, Max Horkheimer, Theodor W. Adorno, Edmund Husserl, Rudolf Laban, Martin Heidegger, Clifford Geertz, Bertolt Brecht, Joseph Campbell, Jorge Luis Borges, Dalibor Vesely, Marc Augé, Jacques Rancière, Jean-Luc Marion, Diana Taylor, Susan Foster, & Peggy Pheelan, among others.