ETIC Conference–“Envisioning the Indian City: People, Places, Plans”

Envisioning the Indian City: People, Places, Plans
UGC-UKIERI International Workshop
Centre of Advanced Study, Department of English, Jadavpur University
Monday 17th – Tuesday 18th August 2015
HL Roy Memorial Auditorium, near Gate No. 3, Jadavpur University, Kolkata


Day 1: Monday, 17 August 2015

9.30 am: Registration

10 am: Inauguration by Professor Suranjan Das, Vice-Chancellor Jadavpur University

10.15 am – 11. 45 am Session 1: Chair: Professor Sukanta Chaudhuri
Narayani Gupta (Formerly Professor, Department of History and Culture, Jamia Millia Islamia): The Denial of History
Monideep Chattopadhyay (Formerly Professor, Department of Architecture, Jadavpur University): Calcutta Planning: Its European Connections
Sujata Patel (Department of Sociology, School of Social Sciences, University of Hyderabad): Are smart cities smart solutions for the Indian context?

11.45 am – 12 noon: COFFEE

12 noon – 1 pm Session 2: Chair: Professor Iain Jackson
Madhavi and Miki Desai (Faculty of Architecture, CEPT Ahmedabad): The Bungalow in Indian Cities: Colonial Urban Legacy and Post-Colonial Impact
Anne-Katrin Fenk (MOD Institute Berlin/ Bengaluru) and Rachel Lee (Institute for Architecture, TU Berlin): Learning from Bangalore: From princely visions to urban resilience

LUNCH: 1 pm – 2 pm: University Guest House

2 pm – 3.30 pm: Session 3: Chair: Dr Nilanjana Deb
Parjanya Sen (Assistant Professor, Sonada Degree College, Darjeeling): Reviving a Lost Trace: the Buddhist Revival movement in the 19th century and its Calcutta Chapter
Mohit Ray (Environmental Activist and Consultant Engineer, Kolkata): Kolkata: water bodies, people and history
Cleo Roberts (PhD Scholar, ETIC Project, University of Liverpool): The River Ganges and Intellectual Exchange: A Liverpool-Calcutta Connection

3.30-3.45: TEA

3.45 – 5.15 Session 4: Chair: Professor Ananda Lal
Sujaan Mukherjee (PhD Scholar, Department of English/ Research Assistant, ETIC Project, Jadavpur University): A Second Look at the Calcutta High Court Capitals
Anubha Fatehpuria (Visiting Faculty, Department of Architecture, Jadavpur University): TBA
Shubhrajit Das (Professor, Department of Architecture, Jadavpur University): Spatial Vibrations in an Indian City

[Provisional]: Screening of Quarter No. 4/11 (Documentary Film by Ranu Ghosh,1 hr 46 mins), followed by Conference Dinner (for all speakers and chairs)

Day 2: Tuesday, 18 August 2015

10 am – 11.00 am: Session 1: Chair: Professor Shubhrajit Das
Iain Jackson (Professor, School of Architecture, University of Liverpool): Chandigarh Dwellings: Ghastly Good Taste or Flamboyant Modernism?
Melissa Smith (Banduksmith Studio/ Visiting Faculty, CEPT Ahmedabad): Chandigarh plans unplanned

 11 am – 11.15 am: COFFEE

11.15 am – 12.45 pm: Session 2: Chair: Professor Supriya Chaudhuri
Jonathan Gil Harris (Professor of English, Ashoka University): Goa and the Sixteenth-Century Judaeo-Muslim Nexus
Rochelle Pinto (Research Fellow, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, Delhi): Collective commerce – the city of Bombay, the village in Goa
Animesh Rai (Alliance Française de Pondicherry): To be, or not to be, French: the balancing act of Pondicherry

LUNCH: 1 pm – 2 pm: University Guest House

2 pm – 3.30 pm Session 3: Chair: Dr Samantak Das
Dhrubajyoti Ghosh (Special Advisor, Agricultural Ecosystems, Commission on Ecosystem Management, IUCN): My Tryst with Trash: A Community of the ‘Vandals’
Aditi Mukherjee (PhD Scholar, Leiden Institute for Area Studies (LIAS), Leiden University): Space, Place and Image: A Refugee Locality in Suburban Calcutta
Durgesh Solanki (M.Phil Scholar, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai): Cast(e)ing life: The Experience of Staying in a Caste Quarters

3.30 pm – 3.45 pm: TEA

3.45 pm – 4.45 pm: Session 4: Chair: Professor Amlan Das Gupta
Sarover Zaidi (PhD Scholar, Max Planck Institute, Department of Religious Diversity, Göttingen): Religious Moderns: architecture and selfhood in Bohra Shias of Bombay
Dalia Chakraborty, Anushka Sen, Nilanjana Gupta (Department of Sociology/ Department of English/ Acropolis Project, Jadavpur University): “Live in New York in New Town”: Kolkata’s own Global City 

4.45 pm – 6 pm: Session 5: Chair: Dr Abhijit Gupta
Abhishek Sarkar (Assistant Professor, Department of English, Jadavpur University): Crime and the City: Two Detective Officers in Nineteenth-Century Kolkata
Somak Mukherjee (PhD Scholar, Department of English/ Project Assistant, Project E-QUAL, Jadavpur University): Infernal Encounters: Streets and (Non)-Interpretation in Mrinal Sen’s Calcutta Quartet


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