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Africans in India Exhibit: Now through February 4th
December 13, 2013 - February 4, 2014
Supporting Mason’s continued quest to be a University For the World, the Office of Global and International Strategies and its India Advisory Committee have secured a unique exhibit of maps, paintings, and photographs entitled Africans in India: From Slaves to Generals and Rulers.
The exhibit traces the diaspora of African slaves, merchants, and royals through India and accentuates the deep cultural ties that developed over five centuries of trade and exploration, war and peace. It will be on display in the Mason Hall Atrium from December 2, 2013, through February 4, 2014.
“Over the centuries, East Africans have greatly distinguished themselves in India as generals, admirals, commanders, prime ministers, and rulers,” said Dr. Robert DeCaroli, Associate Professor/Director of Art History and Chair of the India Advisory Committee. “The exhibition Africans in India examines the roughly 500 year history of Africans in South Asia with special attention given to the positions of authority they attained.”
The exhibit, featuring pieces primarily from the collection of Kenneth Robbins, originated at The Schomburg Center of the New York Public Library(http://exhibitions.nypl.org/africansindianocean/).
Underscoring India’s significant role in the East African and South Asian regions, the exhibit has broad appeal. “Each year the India Advisory Committee highlights a series of engaging programs that showcase the rich history and culture of India and its importance to a wide range of George Mason University departments, our students, faculty, and the surrounding community,” says Susan Graziano, Co-Chair of the committee. “Our hope is that programs like the Africans in India exhibit catalyze continued interest and research related to India.”