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Sanchita Balachandran | Divine and Ghostly Things

February 27 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

| Free

What if the objects behind glass cases in museums were not mere things, but living beings and spectral presences that require active physical and cultural care, even veneration? Archival evidence from the Madras Government Museum in India shows how, in the early 20th century, this view of religious images and relics as living things shaped the practices of museum scholars and staff, government officials, and Hindu and Buddhist devotees. Sanchita Balachandran will describe this intriguing period in the Museum’s history, and consider its implications for contemporary museums and their mandate to store and care for things/beings.

Cosponsored by the Department of History of Art and the Mellon/Penn/Philadelphia Museum of Art Object-Based Learning Initiative. Part of the Wolf Humanities Center 2018-19 Forum on Stuff.

Details

Date:
February 27
Time:
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Cost:
Free
Website:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sanchita-balachandran-divine-and-ghostly-things-tickets-49223595098

Organizer

Penn Humanities Forum
Phone:
215-573-8280
Email:
phf@sas.upenn.edu
Website:
https://www.phf.upenn.edu/matmos

Venue

Penn Museum
3260 South St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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Phone:
215-898-2680
Website:
www.penn.museum