NIAS Public Lecture: "Eloquent Elephants in Sign Saturated Forests: An Endangered Frame" by Dr. Sarada Natarajan, Lecture Hall, NIAS, 1530hrs

National Institute of Advanced Studies

Indian Institute of Science Campus, Bengaluru 560 012



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“Eloquent Elephants in Sign Saturated Forests: An Endangered Frame”




Dr. Sarada Natarajan

Independent Researcher


Chairperson: Prof Anindya Sinha, NIAS



Date:                Monday, October 15, 2018

Time:               3.30 PM

Venue:             Lecture Hall, NIAS


Abstract: This presentation outlines a research proposal to study an extraordinary instance of human-nature interactions in the Anamalai hills in Tamil Nadu. The study will explore the relationships between three forest-dwelling communities living within the Anamalai Tiger Reserve in Tamil Nadu and their complex natural environment. The research focus is on human-animal interactions in the context of two everyday material practices which, when taken together, form an important part of the lives of most inhabitants – walking in the animal-dense forest and caring for elephants in the elephant camp. My investigation will attempt to map the fields of knowledge and the workings of embodied cognition that enable the inhabitants of these settlements to coexist with their species-rich (and to us, hostile) non-human environment.



About the Speaker: Sarada Natarajan is an independent art historian who completed her Ph.D. from M.S. University of Baroda. She taught art history and theory for 14 years at the University of Hyderabad and for 3 years at Shiv Nadar University, Uttar Pradesh. She was a Forum Transregionale Studien post-doctoral fellow at the Humboldt University, Berlin between October 2016 and July 2017


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All are cordially invited


For further details, please contact: Prof Anindya Sinha


Monday, October 15, 2018