ZOOM SEMINAR: Lacunae: Crafting a Narrative History of a Sixteenth Century Mughal Princess

  • Date: –16:00
  • Location: Via Zoom
  • Lecturer: Ruby Lal, Fellow, SCAS. Professor of South Asian History, Emory University, Atlanta
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  • Organiser: Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study (SCAS)
  • Contact person: Klas Holm
  • Seminarium

Ruby Lal, SCAS and Emory University, gives a seminar on "Lacunae: Crafting a Narrative History of a Sixteenth Century Mughal Princess". The talk will be followed by a Q&A session.

Abstract: Biography has garnered a great deal of interest in wider intellectual readership in recent years. Academic historians are increasingly considering writing in the genre of “popular history.” Such a turn is not seamless and requires learning a new craft. What are the challenges of taking on this form? What happens to the question of evidence that historians fervently guard when it comes to history-writing? Might it be the case that our beloved propositions of the “archive” – and indeed those of history and biography – are unsettled when we turn to narrating history? These are some of the questions I will address by sharing parts of my current biography of the Mughal Princess Gulbadan, the sole woman prose chronicler of sixteenth century Islamic world, whose (broken) chronicle of untold histories currently sits in the British Library. A key lens in this biography and my presentation is the question of historical archive.

For more information and the Zoom link, please see the enclosed PDF file or http://www.swedishcollegium.se/subfolders/Events.html.

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