Tejaswini Niranjana is one of the important Indian cultural theorists. In Musicophilia in Mumbai: Performing Subjects and the Metropolitan Unconscious, she examines the emergence of Hindustani classical music in Mumbai, bringing together the notion of sociality and subjectivity to throw light on an important aspect of how publics are formed in the non-western metropolis. The roundtable joined by Professor Niranjana and the other five scholars touches upon issues such as the metropolitan unconscious, musicophilia, and migratory cultures, while also discussing the question of teacher-student relationship, the importance of inter-referencing and the possibility of creating new spaces of discussion.
The inter-Asia roundtable took place to mark the online book launch of Professor Tejaswini Niranjana’s (TN, also known as Teju) new book Musicophilia in Mumbai: Performing Subjects and the Metropolitan Unconscious. Held on 16 July 2020, this very first webinar of Inter-Asia Cultural Studies community was co-hosted by the Inter-Asia Cultural Studies Society, Inter-Asia Cultural Studies: Movements journal, and National University of Singapore Cultural Research Center. Under the moderation of Audrey Yue and Annisa R. Beta, the roundtable started with opening remark by Teju, followed by speeches delivered by Kim Soyoung (SY), Chow Yiu Fai (YF), Ip Kimho (KH), Andy Chih-Ming Wang (CM), and Meaghan Morris (MM). They engaged in a lively discussion regarding metropolitan unconscious, musicophilia, pedagogy, migratory cultures and so on. While appreciating the excellent research and insights presented in the book, the scholars also touched upon the question of teacher-student relationship, the importance of inter-referencing and the possibility of creating new spaces for both the IACS community and the public, especially in the perilous time.
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- Hindustani music
- metropolitan unconscious
- musical subject
- teacher–student relationship