A Lecture in the Humanities in Session Series at the Centre for Humanities Research
Professor Nauman Naqvi
Habib University, Pakistan
Decolonial Aesthetic Force
Date: 23 September 2019
Venue: Seminar Room 2, Centre for Humanities Research, University of the Western Cape
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Responding to the general discourse about Islam and Muslims that continues to be dominated by the focus on ‘violence’, Dr Nauman Naqvi argues for a politics of decolonial aesthetic force, one that combines a commitment to aesthetic form with ascetic desubjectivization in a gesture towards divinity and grace. The argument will be made with special reference to the postcolonial Pakistani artist Sadequain.
Professor Nauman Naqvi is Assistant Professor of Comparative Liberal Studies at the School of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences at Habib University, Pakistan. Dr. Naqvi’s thought and work sits at the intersection of anthropology, history, literature and philosophy, and is interested in laying bare the strenuous universals veiled in premodern and vernacular experience and forms of knowledge.