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Kodwo Eshun reads Tagore’s Japan Lecture


Excerpt of the 1916 Japan a Lecture, Delivered for the Students of the Private Colleges of Tokyo and the Members of the Indo-Japanese Association, at the Keio Gijuku University.

At first, I had my doubts. I thought that I might not be able to see Japan, as she is herself, but should have to be content to see the Japan that takes an acrobatic pride in violently appearing as something else. On my first arrival in this country, when I looked out from the balcony of a house on the hillside, the town of Kobe,—that huge mass of corrugated iron roofs,—appeared to me like a dragon, with glistening scales, basking in the sun, after having devoured a large slice of the living flesh of the earth. This dragon did not belong to the mythology of the past, but of the present; and with its iron mask it tried to look real to the children of the age,—real as the majestic rocks on the shore, as the epic rhythm of the sea-waves.

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Kodwo Eshun reads a 1916 lecture from Tagore. Evocation of the roots of Kobe as Dragon. In the letter the traveler the person that brings a specific optic. Kodwo Eshun talks about reception, misgivings and curiosity.

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This is a collection of texts shared by the members of the Research Group

Notes from the first meeting, at Iniva, London November 2013
The Post Office by Rabindranath Tagore
Japan a Lecture by Rabindranath Tagore
Extracts from Old Letters by Rabindranath Tagore
Rabindranath Tagore and Asian Universalism, by Sugata Bose
Another Asia, by Rustom Bharucha
The Home and the World by Rabindranath Tagore
Notes from Workshop 2, Santiniketan, February 2014
Curating, Pedagogy – Some Thoughts for Santiniketan, 2014, by Andrea Phillips
Sriniketan Experiment in Rural Reconstruction by Usha Makherjee
The Idea of Santiniketan: A Personal Understanding, by Pulak Dutta
Some Aspects of National Education and the Taman Siswa Institute of Jogjkarta, by Ki Hadjar Dewantara
Notes from Workshop 3, Iniva-Tagore Centre, London March 2014.
Tagore’s Post Office NGBK’s exhibition invite
Dakghar, Notes Towards Isolation and Recognition, by Landings
Tagore in conversation with Albert Einstein
Notes from workshop 4, Berlin April 2014.
Last Passage of Rabindranath Tagore’s Speech at Berlin Friedrich Wilhelm University, Berlin 1921
The Sexologist and the Poet: On Magnus Hirschfeld, Rabindranath Tagore, and the Critique of Sexual Binarity by J. Edgar Bauer
Tagore, Pedagogy and Contemporary Visual Cultures a Collective Bibliography