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Mon, November 19, 2018 from 06:00pm - 07:30pm  /  CGIS South, S153

Delhi Modern: Five Short Stories of a City

Mrinalini Rajagopalan, Associate Professor, Department of the History of Art and Architecture, University of Pittsburgh

How do we tell little histories of grand cities? How do we tell big histories of modest monuments? How can we present alternate histories of a city that has heretofore been told through emperors, colonizers and ambitious architects; monumental mosques, revered tombs, and royal forts; and of extensive urban planning schemes stretching over seven hundred years. What of the poets, travelers, soldiers, refugees, dissidents, archaeologists, and nationalists who lived and worked in Delhi as the city grew around them and sometimes with little regard to them? What can we say about the affective landscape of a city that was the locus of the anger of colonial retribution, the hubris of imperial building, the violence of Partition, the nostalgia of preservation, and the pride of Hindu nationalism? These are the tasks of my presentation, which places subaltern agents and emotional affects as crucial vectors in the building and destruction of Delhi between 1857 and 2000. In doing so, I present alternate urban histories of Delhi that substantially expands the corpus of the city’s makers and their motivations.

Mon, Nov 19, 2018 at 06:00pm

Mon, Nov 19, 2018 at 07:30pm

CGIS South, S153
Harvard University

1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02138