CONFERENCE: The Art of Independence: Visions of the Future in India and Pakistan


Shahzia Sikander SpiNN, 2003, still from a video animation

This two-day conference will take place on:

Thursday 12 October 2017, at The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford (10.30- 19.45) with registration from 10.00

Friday 13 October 2017, at The Courtauld Institute of Art, London (13.00 - 20.00) with registration from 12.30

At Midnight on the 15th of August 1947 India and Pakistan achieved their freedom from British Rule. This Conference commemorates the 70th anniversary of that independence. Artists, curators, film makers and academics stage a multidisciplinary and multi-media discussion that asks what futures did the citizens of these new nations envision for themselves.

How might we think about the midnight hour, and its many imagined futures, in retrospect?

Day 1, Dreams and Nightmares - Ashmolean Museum, Oxford
Day 2, Futures Lost and Found, The Courtauld Institute of Art, London

Organised by Faisal Devji and Mallica Kumbera Landrus (University of Oxford) with Deborah Swallow and Zehra Jumabhoy (The Courtauld Institute of Art, London).

General enquiries:

Registration is essential, click here for details.

This event is co-hosted by:

The Courtauld Institute of Art, London |The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford | Asian Studies Centre, St Antony’s College | Oxford Centre for Global History