Mitchell Winter

Abstract: 
South Asian Visual Cultures and religion, anthropological engagements with the sacred via European colonialism, Sanskrit poetics and aesthetics
Email: 
mawinter@ucsc.edu
Phone: 
(909) 708-7405
Research Interests: 

Popular bazaar art in British colonial India, morphology of sacred iconography in devotional Hinduism, histories of trade in the Indian Ocean region, south Indian temple cultures, Sanskrit poetry; discourse analysis, UNESCO and 'World Heritage', imperial European landscape aesthetics, ethnography, philology, and the Indo-European hypothesis; autopoietic systems and semiotic theory. 

 

 

Office: 
Kresge 228
Office Hours: 

Fridays 2:00-3:00pm

Selected Presentations: 

Polemics of Disintegration: Perennial Philosophy in Alejandro Jodorowsky's "The Holy Mountain." Paper presented at the 18th Annual Graduate Cinema Studies Conference titled "Cinema of Indeterminacy." J. Paul Leonard Library, San Francisco State University. 2016, November. 

Unearthing Hallucinations: Reimagining the Ideologies of Landscape and Ruin in British India. Paper presented at the 3rd Religious Studies Graduate Student Conference titled “Exploring Other Worlds: Constructing, Locating, and Navigating Imagined Religious Space.” Stanford University. 2015, October.

Morass of Beauty, Soil, and Sea: Aporias of the Colonial ‘Picturesque’ in Nineteenth Century India. Paper presented at the 4th South Asia by the Bay Graduate Student Conference titled “Precarious Exchange: Materiality, Network, and Value in South Asia in the World.” Institute for South Asian Studies (ISAS), Stephens Hall, University of California, Berkeley. 2015, May.

Alchemical Orientalism: Landscape, Empire, and the Subliminal Imaginings of the English Picturesque Tradition in Nineteenth Century India.
Paper presented at the 11th Annual Graduate Research Symposium, McHenry Library, University of California, Santa Cruz. 2015, April.

Travelling Images, Collected Texts:Towards a
Typology of Nineteenth Century Indian Trade Labels.
 
Graduate Group in the
Study of Religion Research Colloquium, “Framing Heritage: Religion, Identity, Politics." University of California, Davis. June, 2014.

On Cloth and Collecting: Towards a Typology of
Nineteenth Century Indian Trade Labels
.
Department of Religious Studies Undergraduate Research Colloquium, University of California, Davis.
May, 2014.

In Absentia, A Measure of Cloth: Towards a Typology of Nineteenth Century Indian Trade Labels. National Conference for Undergraduate Research at the University of Kentucky, Lexington. April, 2014.

The Global Order of Symbolic Capital: UNESCO and the Discourse of World Heritage. Undergraduate Research
Conference at the University of California, Davis. April, 2014.

India and Indian Studies in the Academy. Presentation by UC Davis Religious
Studies Department at Intel India.
Folsom, CA. June 1, 2013.

Framing Religious Heritages: South Indian Temples as Sites of Tradition. National Conference for Undergraduate Research at the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse. April, 2013. 

Framing Religious Heritages: Negotiating
Traditional Space in Three South Indian Temples.
Undergraduate Research Conference at the University of California, Davis. May, 2013.

 

 

 

 

Honors and Awards: 

Tamil Online Foundation Grant, Summer 2012

Summer Abroad Scholarship, UC Davis Study Abroad Center, Summer 2012

 

Education and Training: 
B.A. University of California, Davis, Religious Studies and Linguistics, summa cum laude