This event is part of the India in the Artist's Eye Festival.
Katherine Butler Schofield is a historian of music in the Mughal empire and the colonial Indian Ocean. Through stories about ill-fated courtesans, overweening ustads, and captivated patrons, she writes on Mughal sovereignty and selfhood, friendship and desire, sympathy and loss, and power, worldly and strange. She has recently finished a €1.2M European Research Council grant, “Musical transitions to European colonialism in the eastern Indian Ocean,” on the ways in which music and dance were transformed c.1750-1900 in the transition to colonial rule in India and the Malay world. Her first book, an edited volume with Francesca Orsini, is Tellings and texts: music, literature, and performance in North India (Open Book, 2015).
Davesh Soneji is Associate Professor of South Asia Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. For the past two decades, he has produced research that focuses primarily on the performing arts in South India. He is best known for his work on the social history of professional female artists in Tamil and Telugu-speaking South India and is author of Unfinished Gestures: Devadāsīs, Memory, and Modernity in South India (University of Chicago Press, 2012), which was awarded the 2013 Bernard S. Cohn Book Prize from The Association for Asian Studies (AAS). He is also editor of Bharatanatyam: A Reader (Oxford University Press, 2010; 2012) and co-editor, with Indira Viswanathan Peterson, of Performing Pasts: Reinventing the Arts in Modern South India (Oxford, 2008).