This conclusion presents some closing thoughts on the concepts discussed in the preceding chapters of this book. The book provides the materializations of different kinds of belonging or iterations of what might be an achieved transnational South Asian indigeneity and art history. It then returns to the concept of creolization as a process that results in incessant entanglement and constant renewal. The book argues that when belonging is kept open and porous, South Asian art histories can be dynamic and ever changing. It also argues more strongly that the longing for belonging is ambitious, productive and, importantly, political in its ramifications. The book discusses the importance of feminist and queer theories to the genesis of conceptualizations of affect. If there is exhaustion, it is a queer one that neither ignores fatigue is a real condition nor considers fatigue as non-productive.
In this chapter, the author, through a family history, speaks of how forced exile persists through generations. He narrates the series of events that took place after he left England and moved to United States, including the catastrophic failures of nuclear reactors. The discussion largely focuses on the incidence of cancers caused by exposure to radioactivity in England, and the impact it had on Anglo-American relations. The author also showcases the differences between English and American cultures.
In this chapter, the author discusses the cultural life in Rochester, New York, in the 1920s. The city of the 1920s is often referred to as 'Mr Eastman's town'. Economically, the first three decades of the twentieth century had been described as Rochester's golden age, and the centrality of Eastman-Kodak to the city's prosperity had important cultural consequences. The establishment by George Eastman of the Eastman School of Music and the Eastman Theatre in 1922 was the single most important event marking the 'end of provincialism'. The 'Rochester Renaissance' owed a lot to Eastman's wealth and philanthropy .
In this chapter, the author explains the internment of aliens in Britain during the Second World War. The 'internment of aliens' is a peculiar and rather hysterical measure taken by the British government after Dunkirk. The author describes his father as an alien. He is alien to Britain and to English culture. He came to Britain from Germany in February 1938, was a class C 'enemy alien' (recognised as a genuine refugee, and officially designated a 'friendly' enemy alien). The classifications were made by wartime tribunals set up in Britain in 1939.