Krista Gulbransen of Whitman College to give lecture, “Prayer, Performance & Politics: Portraits of the Mughal Emperor Akbar Worshipping the Sun” on March 9, 2018
In the 1580s, Akbar, the third Mughal emperor of India, famously established an institution of imperial discipleship, later labeled the Din-i-Ilahi (Divine Faith), and inducted the highest ranking members of his court into its elite ranks. It was devised as a cult of personality centered on the emperor, architects of this devotional order borrowed from a number of religious traditions in order to outline a code of ethics and design rituals that could articulate these central beliefs.
Dr. Krista Gulbransen is an assistant professor of Art History & Visual Culture Studies and Asian & Middles Eastern Studies at Whitman College. Her research examines the origins and development of the portrait genre in sixteenth and seventeenth century northern India, addressing such issues as cultural exchange, historical representation, art and book collecting, political diplomacy, and gift exchange.
This event is sponsored by the Asian Studies Program and co-sponsored by the Office of the Dean of the Faculty, and the Religion and Art Departments.
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Posted by Office of Communications Thursday, March 1, 2018