Thursday, February 14th, 2019 The Country Without a Post Office: Archiving a Photographic History of Kashmir

Thursday, February 14, 20193:00PM - 5:00PM108N, North House, Munk School of Global Affairs
1 Devonshire Place
M5S 3K7


The Kashmir valley is a geographic region that straddles India’s northwestern border with Pakistan. Known for its idyllic meadows and mountainous landscapes, the Indian-administered territory is the site of one of the longest international political disputes in modern history, and is one of the most militarized regions in the world. Since the partition of the Indian subcontinent in 1947, the valley has been the site of multiple wars between India and Pakistan, and control of the region has become the subject of one the most divisive political and social debates in South Asia. In the late 1980s, Kashmiri militants began a rebellion against Indian administration of the region. The subsequent insurgency and counter-insurgency continue to this day and have resulted in thousands of deaths and human rights violations.

Nathaniel Brunt is an interdisciplinary scholar, photographer and archival artist based in Toronto, Canada. His research and photographic practice focus on the history and photographic representation of modern war. Brunt is currently pursuing a PhD in the Communication and Culture joint program at Ryerson University and York University. His doctoral research is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and The Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation.

Brunt’s photographic work has been featured in the Globe and Mail, Sharp Magazine, and PDN, and has been exhibited in Canada and internationally. He has received academic and photographic honours from organizations including the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, the International Visual Sociology Association, and the Alexia Foundation for World Peace. Recently Brunt was a visiting scholar at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. He is co-director, with Alisha Sett, of the Kashmir Photo Collective, a digital resource of endangered photographs and related historical material that preserves, visualizes, and diversifies the histories of the Kashmir Valley.


Nathaniel Brunt
Ryerson University

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