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Envisioning the Indian City Workshop




Envisioning the Indian City: Spaces of Encounter

UGC-UKIERI Project, University of Liverpool and Jadavpur University

International Workshop, 9-11 January 2014

(HL Roy Memorial Hall, Institute of Chemical Engineers, Jadavpur University: Entry by University Gate No. 3)


DAY I: Thursday, January 9, 2014

9.30 am: Registration

10.00 — 10.15 am: Welcome to Participants and Introduction to Workshop and ETIC Project by Professor Supriya Chaudhuri, Jadavpur University

10.15 – 11.00 am: Plenary Session I: Chair, Professor Monideep Chatterjee

Professor Sukanta Chaudhuri (JadavpurUniversity/ All Souls’ College, Oxford): “Post-Independence Kolkata: Vision and Reality”

11.00 – 11.15 am: COFFEE

11.15 am – 1.15 pm:

Dr Partho Datta (ZakirHusainEveningCollege, University of Delhi): “Patrick Geddes and the Metropolis: The Barrabazar Report (1919)”

Shri Arunendu Bandyopadhyay (Designer and Engineer): “Two Great Minds: Tagore and Geddes on Ecology and Environment”

Sujaan Mukherjee (ETIC Project Fellow): “Ordering Bazars: Two Case Studies in Context”

1.15 – 2.15 pm: LUNCH

2.15 – 3.45 pm:

Dr Keya Dasgupta (CSSS Calcutta): “Alternative Cartographies: Neighbourhoods, Identities and their Maps in Colonial Calcutta”

Professor Nilanjana Gupta, Dr Nandini Saha, Angana Mukherjee, Titash Bhattacharya  (JadavpurUniversity): “Salt Lake City: Caught between two worlds”

3.45  – 4 pm: TEA

4.00 – 6.00 pm: Screening of Film, Sthaaniya Sambaad/ Spring in the Colony, preceded by video-interview with director, Moinak Biswas


DAY II: Friday, January 10, 2014


10.00 – 11.30 am: Plenary Session II

Professor Kiran Joshi (Chandigarh College of Architecture, retd): “Envisioning Chandigarh”

Professor Iain Jackson (School of Architecture, University of Liverpool): “Fry and Drew’s contribution to Chandigarh: health and education”

11.30 – 11.45 am: COFFEE

11.45 am – 12.30 pm

Professor Nandini Das (School of English, University of Liverpool): “Goa, 1583”

12.30 – 1.15 pm: ETIC Steering Group Meeting (closed session)

1.15 – 2.15 pm: LUNCH

2.15 – 3.45 pm :

Professor Ian Magedera (School of Histories, Languages and Cultures: French, University of Liverpool): “Pondicherry, Tamil Nadu and Cultural Flows”

Shri Ajit Koujalgi (INTACH Pondicherry): “City as Tourism Asset – the Pondicherry example”

3.45  – 4.00 pm TEA

4.00 – 5.00 pm:

Swati Bhattacharya (Research Scholar, Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Development): “Spaces of Encounter in Pondicherry”

Pramantha Mohun Tagore (Postgraduate Student, JadavpurUniversity): “Culture and Heritage in North Calcutta”


DAY III: Saturday, January 11, 2014


10.00 – 11.00 am: Plenary Session III

Professor Swati Chattopadhyay (University of California, Santa Barbara): TBA

11.00 – 11.15 am: COFFEE

11.15 am – 1.15 pm:

Professor Swapan Chakravorty (JadavpurUniversity): TBA

Dr Nilanjana Deb (JadavpurUniversity): “Death and the City: Cremation Grounds and the Kolkata Riverfront”

Cleo Roberts (PhD Researcher, University of Liverpool): “Imaginative Geographies: exporting the Ganges”

1.15 – 2.15 pm LUNCH

2.15  – 3.45 pm

Dr Abhijit Gupta (Director, JadavpurUniversity Press): “Under the Banyan Tree: Print and Place in Colonial Calcutta”

Anurag Mazumdar (Assistant Editor, Economic and Political Weekly):  “Mapping spaces in transition: From Boipara to Barnaparichay in College Street, Kolkata”

Somak Mukherjee (NAAC Fellow, JadavpurUniversity): “Riding on the Edge: Discipline, Order and the Popular Imagination of Space in the Calcutta Metro”

3.45 – 4.00 pm TEA

4.00 – 5.00 pm: Panel Discussion: ‘Heritage, Conservation and the Living City’

Chair, Professor Tapati Guha-Thakurta (Director, Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta): Discussants, Shri Partha Ranjan Das, Shri Manish Chakraborti, Conservation Architects








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