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Sanchita Balachandran | Divine and Ghostly Things

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Rainey Auditorium

Penn Museum

3260 South Street

Philadelphia, PA 19104

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What if the objects behind glass cases in museums were not mere things, but living beings and spectral presences that require active physical and cultural care, even veneration? Archival evidence from the Madras Government Museum in India shows how, in the early 20th century, this view of religious images and relics as living things shaped the practices of museum scholars and staff, government officials, and Hindu and Buddhist devotees. Sanchita Balachandran (Associate Director, Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum) will describe this intriguing period in the Museum’s history, and consider its implications for contemporary museums and their mandate to store and care for things/beings?

ASL Interpretation will be provided. If you have any accessibility questions or concerns, please email us.

Free and open to the public. Pre-registration requested.

Cosponsored by the Department of History of Art and the Mellon/Penn/Philadelphia Museum of Art Object-Based Learning Initiative.

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https://wolfhumanities.upenn.edu/events/sanchita-balachandran

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