Reading Objects in the Contact Zone
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Chatterjee, Sria: The Arts of Science in the Contact Zone, in: Troelenberg, Eva-Maria, Schankweiler, Kerstin and Messner, Anna Sophia (Eds.): Reading Objects in the Contact Zone, Heidelberg: Heidelberg University Publishing, 2021 (Heidelberg Studies on Transculturality, Vol. 9). https://doi.org/10.17885/heiup.766.c10423

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Published 10.06.2021.


Sria Chatterjee

The Arts of Science in the Contact Zone

A Satirical Picture

Abstract This chapter focusses on a print by the artist Gaganendranath Tagore done in 1922, which features the biophysicist Jagadish Chandra Bose and his experiments in plant science. Considering the overlapping networks of art, science, and nationalist politics within a particular sphere in early twentieth-century British India, the chapter explores the connec­tions between human and non-human contact zones as well as questions around religion and science and the politics of colonial knowledge be­tween the metropole and the colony.

Keywords Art and Science, Expanded Contact Zone, Plants, Caricature, Nationalism, Politics