Associate Professor Art History and Chair
Department of Art and Music Histories
The Silent Roar: Big Cats and Tea Plantations in British India
By the late 1800s, swathes of jungle in eastern India were cleared to create tea estates or plantations. But these commercial landscapes were never quite splintered from the wilderness, their porous boundaries remaining open to a spectacular array of wildlife that wandered over in search of food. Romita's talk focuses on the tiger, the most ferocious of predators to cross over into tea plantations. Specifically, she looks at how big cats transformed tea planters into hunters and plantations into hunting grounds, their human-animal encounters ushering in new imaginaries of status, class, and wealth that were bolstered by the technologies of hunting and the arts of photography and taxidermy.
Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Drake University, Cowles Library Reading Room
2507 University Ave. Des Moines, IA 50311