Reclaiming the Body: Contemporary Women Artists in India

March 15, 2007

Cultural historian Dr. Geeti Sen has lectured at University of Chicago, University of Southern California at Berkeley, and Columbia University, and spoken to audiences in England, India, Canada, and Spain. She held a residency at Mills College and completed fellowships for the Asian Cultural Council and Smithsonian Institute, among many other projects. This month, Mary Baldwin University hosts Sen’s first turn as a Fulbright Visiting Specialist. At 12:15 p.m. on March 29 in room 107 of the William Wayt King Building, Sen will also share her work with the larger Staunton/Augusta County Community with her lecture “Reclaiming the Body: Contemporary Women Artists in India.”

Sen, who is among the most prominent art critics in her country and is former chief editor at the India International Center, will also present two week-long workshops for students on campus, give a number of community talks, and guest lecture in courses in art, anthropology, and others.

Sen earned her bachelor’s degree in art history at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania and her master’s in the history of Indian art at University of Chicago before returning to her birthplace of Kolkata (Calcutta), India, to earn a doctorate. She is the author of several books, essays, and papers that span topics from contemporary art in India to politics, to an interview with acclaimed Indian filmmaker Shyam Benegal. Sen will use her most recent book,Feminine Fables: Imaging the Indian Woman in Painting, Photography, and Cinema, as the basis of one of her workshops while at Mary Baldwin about the role of women and how they are projected in film.

This lecture is sponsored by Mary Baldwin University women’s studies department and the Fulbright Direct Access to the Muslim World Program.

The event will be at 12:15 p.m. on March 29 in the William Wayt King Building, Room 107, at the corner of New and Academy streets, Staunton. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call (540) 887-7009.