Berkeley Book Chats: Climate Change and the Art of Devotion: Geoaesthetics in the Land of Krishna, 1550-1850
12:00 am | 11/20/2019 | Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall | Until 1:00 pm | 11/20/2019
Sugata Ray in conversation with Whitney Davis
In the enchanted world of Braj, the primary pilgrimage center in north India for worshippers of Krishna, each stone, river, and tree is considered sacred. In Climate Change and the Art of Devotion (Washington, 2019), Sugata Ray (History of Art) shows how this place-centered theology emerged in the wake of the Little Ice Age (ca. 1550-1850), an epoch marked by climatic catastrophes across the globe. In a major contribution to the emerging field of eco-art history, Ray compares early modern conceptions of the environment and current assumptions about nature and culture. Examining architecture, paintings, photography, and prints created in Braj alongside theological treatises and devotional poetry, he explores seepages between the natural ecosystem and cultural production. After a brief conversation about the book, they open the floor for discussion.