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Devotion and Display: Curating Religion in an Age of Diversity

Devotion and Display: Curating Religion in an Age of Diversity
100 Queen's Park, Royal Ontario Museum
Time: Jan 30th, 6:00 pm End: Jan 30th, 8:00 pm
Interest Categories: Visual Studies (UTM), South Asian, Religion, Study of (FAS), Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations (FAS), Information, Faculty of, Historical Studies (UTM), Diaspora/Transnational, Critical Theory, Arts, Culture and Media (UTSC), Art (FAS), Architecture, Landscape, Design, Archaeology, 2000-
Event 1 (of 2) Forum at Royal Ontario Museum with 4 guests who design museum spaces

The Religion and the Public Sphere (RPS) Project is pleased to present two events on the theme of

Devotion and Display

Event One is a Forum featuring four guest speakers.

THURSDAY, January 30, 2014. 6:00-8:00 p.m. • Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park, Toronto

Registration is mandatory: click HERE to register. Tickets: Public $15, ROM member $10, student $8. !! STOP PRESS !!  The RPS is able to offer free admission for a limited number of students only. Email rps@utoronto.ca now to reserve your spot.

A roundtable discussion, the Forum features:

  • Marika Sardar, Associate Curator of Southern Asian and Islamic Art at the San Diego Museum of Art and former Senior Research Associate at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York
  • Dan Rahimi, ROM Vice-President, Program and archaeologist specializing in the late prehistory of the Middle East
  • Satish Rao, an architect whose projects include the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Gatineau and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.
  • Deepali Diwan, an art historian with a special interest in the visual cultures of South Asia and a Curator at the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto

With a specific focus on the representation and diversity of South Asian religions in museum contexts, our guests will speak from their experience as curators and designers of museum spaces. Reflecting on their decisions about how to convey the complexities of religious communities, rituals, and interactions through material objects, the speakers will also consider the challenges and possibilities of curating for diverse audiences that include youth and elders, religious and non-religious, and lay and expert participants. The Forum will be moderated by Ajay Rao, Associate Professor of South Asian Religions at the University of Toronto, and author of Re-figuring the Ramayana as Theology: A History of Reception in Premodern India (Routledge, forthcoming).

For further information, please contact:

Siri Hansen
Project Coordinator
Religion in the Public Sphere
University of Toronto
Rm. 311, 170 St, George Street, Toronto M5R 2M8
Tel: (416) 978-2615
Part-time: Mon-Thu 9.00am-12.30pm

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