The Oriental Institute cordially invites to a talk given by Daniel Majchrowicz, Assistant Professor of South Asian Literature and Culture at Northwestern University, Chicago, entitled "Princes, Politics and Travel Literature in mid-Nineteenth Century India" in the John King Fairbank Library (Oriental Institue, Pod Vodárenskou věží 4, Praha 8) on Thursday October 4th at 12 o'clock.
Prof. Majchrowicz is currently Assistant Professor of South Asian Literature and Culture in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at Northwestern University. He received his Ph.D. in the Histories and Cultures of Muslim Societies in South Asia from Harvard University. His research interests include Urdu literature, travel writing, the history of Islam in South Asia, sociolinguistics and language politics, and comparative literature. His current project is a history of the idea of travel in South Asia as it found expression in Urdu, Hindi, and Indo-Persian travel writing of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. This work, tentatively titled " 'The Means to Victory': Travel Writing and Aspiration in Modern South Asia" examines how the travel account became an independent genre of literature even as it took up an increasingly visible role in the intellectual and political life in India and Pakistan.
The event is free and open to the public.