Medical Humanities Colloquy 21

On The Moral Contagion: A Conversation with Sarnath Banerjee
Date and Venue: March 21 Thursday, 5PM, AB 6-202

Description: In this conversation, we will talk about the creative processes from germination to publication of The Moral Contagion. The book offers a curious visual history of pandemics, ravaging humankind across centuries, taking its cue from the Covid-19 experience in India. How Banerjee’s illustrations carry Julia Hauser’s microreflections on the pandemic and what it does to our social terrain will drive our chat.   
Sarnath Banerjee has written five graphic novels (published by Penguin and Harper Collins) and is finishing his sixth, supported by a stipendium from the Berlin Senate. He has shown his work at several Biennales (Saopaolo, Setouchi, Sharjah, Kochi, etc) and Art Fairs (Frieze, Arco, etc) and has had several international solos and group shows in museums and centers of contemporary art.  He has also had public commissions, notably a series of billboards across London during the London Olympics titled the Gallery of Losers. Banerjee conducted workshops, teach-ins, and mentorship in several institutions (Summer Academy Salzburg, Princeton University, the University of Kassel, Vishvabharati University, Kochi Bienalle Foundation, Princess Drawing School, etc). Banerjee has been a CAST fellow at MIT, a Belknap fellow at Princeton, and a fellow of the Akademie Schloss Solitude, the Indian Foundation for the Arts, and the MacArthur Foundation (Asia). He has written columns for national newspapers and founded an independent publishing house called Phantomville. He has studied at the University of Delhi and Goldsmiths College, London. He is a visiting faculty of IIT Jodhpur, IIT Gandhinagar, and UdK, Berlin.