Religious Studies Scholar to Discuss Kingship and Pan-Indian Devotion in Colonial Mysore

Posted on 1/28/2014 12:11:41 PM

The Department of Religious Studies presents Caleb Simmons’ talk, “Incorporeal Empire: Kingship and Pan-Indian Devotion in Colonial Mysore,” on Thursday, January 30, 2014, at 4:00 p.m. in McElhaney 20.

Simmons is a Daniel H. H. Ingalls Memorial Fellow, American Institute of Indian Studies. His presentation will focus on two artistic works—lineage literature and temple murals—that display how the court repositioned the Mysore rulers within a Pan-Indic devotional framework. Through these new articulations of kingship, the Mysore kingdom was recreated as a transcendent and incorporeal empire subtly subverting their European colonial overlords. 

Colonial Mysore Temple Mural
Image: Colonial Mysore Temple Mural

Department of Religious Studies