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The Logic of Postcolonial Museums

South Asia Edition

Date & time
Monday, March 6, 2023
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Registration is closed


This event is free



J.W. McConnell Building
1400 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W.

Wheel chair accessible


How can we create a different understanding of the postcolonial museum when the postcolonial state itself is constantly in flux? And how does the postcolonial museum fit within the larger networks of global politics and circulation? Though the aim of the postcolonial museum remained nation-building, the diverse trajectories challenge the idea of a master narrative around postcolonial museums.

Join us for a roundtable discussion, organized by Concordia Public Scholar Varda Nisar, that will focus on the specificity of the origins, the rationale for creation, and the issues currently faced by museums in South Asia through diverse voices from Bangladesh, India, and Pakistan.

How can you participate? Join us in person (note, we can accommodate up to 30 audience members comfortably in the space) or online by registering for the Zoom Meeting or watching live on YouTube.

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Varda Nisar

PhD Candidate, Art History and Public Scholar, Concordia University

Dr. Shaila Bhatti

National College of Arts, Pakistan

Prof. Kanika Singh

Ashoka University, India

Mrinalini Venkateswaran

Royal Holloway, University of London

Tanzim Wahab

Curator, Researcher, and Lecturer/co-curator Bienniale für aktuelle Fotografie 2024 

Digital Installation: The Concise Museum

The Concise Museum takes an experimental approach and works as a method to think through the museums that form part of my doctoral research. By collaging different exhibits in these museums thematically and juxtaposing them with colonial frames and writings by military dictators/regimes who commissioned these museums, the project aims to understand the consistent narrative that these museums propagate.


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