Call for Panelists for Annual Conference on South Asia, October 26-28

Zoya Sameen's picture
Type: 
Conference
Date: 
October 26, 2017 to October 28, 2017
Location: 
Wisconsin, United States
Subject Fields: 
South Asian History / Studies, Urban History / Studies, Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies, Local History

We are seeking a third panelist for our panel titled "Lineages of the Urban: Public Spheres, Literary Production and Sex Marketplaces in Colonial North India" that has been accepted for presentation at this year's Annual Conference on South Asia (October 26-28). The panel will be chaired by David Boyk (davidboyk@northwestern.edu) from the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at Northwestern University.

The panel originally featured paper proposals on different themes across three cities: Lucknow, Jaipur and Allahabad. Our fellow panelist who was meant to present a paper on Jaipur will not be able to make it to the conference. We invite scholars who wish to present work relating to urban expression in Indian (preferably north Indian) cities to contact us about participating in the panel. For more details, please see the panel abstract below:

"Conceptual frameworks of the city and the urban have shown tremendous import for understanding the engagement between social processes and spatial forms. Cities are sites at which multiple social relations and identities intersect, and often play host to important contestations over power. The objective of this panel is to explore expressions of urbanism in the north Indian cities of Lucknow, Jaipur and Allahabad during the colonial and princely periods from a bottom-up perspective by utilizing marginalized archives, vernacular literature and  reading official records against the grain. The papers explore: the making of political subjectivities within the public sphere in mid-twentieth century Jaipur; literary discourses on the city-space and urban experience in twentieth-century Allahabad; and the spatial manifestations of sex marketplaces in late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century Lucknow. As this panel wishes to disentangle urban histories from the top-down approach of state governance, our methodologies involve reading archives against state perspectives, while also utilizing manuscripts, novels, newspapers and civil society records in order to chalk out the urban history of cities independent of larger frames such as nation and community. Our panel aims to propose new modes of understanding the city and the urban beyond Western theorizations of the concept that largely focus on Eurocentric contexts and experiences. We take a hybrid approach to cities, contending that city-spaces ought to be considered in their uniqueness and specificity, while also acknowledging the broader influence of state structuring. In taking this approach, ‘Lineages of the Urban’ seeks to offer insights on the specific urban experiences, memories, and spatialities in Indian cities, how identities play out amid different modes of power relations, and how evidence can be marshalled for the purposes of recovering marginalized experiences of urbanism."
 

Contact Info: 

If you are interested in participating in the panel or have any questions about it, please contact Zoya Sameen (zsameen@uchicago.edu) or Sanjukta Poddar (sanjukta@uchicago.edu). Thank you for your consideration.