The Rubin Phantom India: On the Fringes of Indian Society
Phantom India: On the Fringes of Indian Society
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1969, India, Louis Malle, 52 min.
Post-screening discussion with Manu Goswami.
This sixth episode charts the subcultural behaviors and customs of numerous Indian minority groups. It begins with an illustration of tribal culture: Malle spends an extended period of time with the Bandos, a bellicose and semi-barbaric mountainous tribe that inhabits around 100 villages in the region of Orissa and teeters on the verge of extinction due to their near complete assimilation into mainstream Indian society.
Following a trip to the Bando market, Malle shows more westernized subcultures in Indian society, including Indian Christians, Indian Jews, and an anomalous religious group run by Sri Aurobindo and administered by a figure known only as "The Mother”.
About the Speaker
Manu Goswami earned her PhD at the University of Chicago and is now an Associate Professor of History at New York University. Her research and teaching center on nationalism and internationalism, political economy and the history of economic thought, social theory and historical methods. Her book, Producing India: From Colonial Economy to National Space was published in 2004 by the University of Chicago. She is currently working on an intellectual and political history of colonial internationalisms during the interwar decades. Her longer-run research interests include the place and status of empire in the work of major classical and neo-classical economists during the nineteenth and twentieth century. She has worked with graduate students in modern European history, Chinese history, Atlantic World, African history, and the joint MEIS program as well as in American Studies, comparative literature, and sociology. She was a fellow in the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in 2010-2011. She serves on the editorial board of Public Culture.