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Picture1COMMODITIES AND CULTURE, 1851-1914: LEVERHULME TRUST INTERNATIONAL NETWORK WORKSHOP: ‘Commodities and Affect’, 12-14 January, 2011, Kolkata. Co-ordinated by Supriya Chaudhuri, Nilanjana Deb, Abhijit Gupta, Amlan Das Gupta

January 12, 2011 ¬ H L Roy Memorial Auditorium, Jadavpur University

9.30-10.00 Registration
10.00-10.15 Inaugural Session
10.15-11.15 Partha Chatterjee, Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta: ‘Football and Collective Identity in Colonial Calcutta’
11.15-11.30 Coffee
11.30-1.00 Panel on Water, New York University (Chair: Professor Margot Finn)
  Rajeswari Sunder Rajan (NYU), ‘Renewing Water’

Elaine Freedgood (NYU), ‘Drinking Sewage, and After’

Toral Gajarawala (NYU), ‘Water Politics: Shuddhi, Metaphor and the Question of Caste “Consciousness”’

1.00-2.00 Lunch at the University Guest House
2.00-3.00 Panel on Swadeshi, or Affective Identities
  Swapan Majumdar (Sahitya Akademi) ‘Culture and Commodity: The Ambivalence of the Swadeshi Entrepreneur’

Ujjayan Bhattacharya (VidyasagarUniversity) ‘The Cultures of Swadeshi

3.00-3.15 Tea
3.15-5.15 Rohan Deb Roy (CSSS) ‘Side-Effects of Empire: “Pure” Quinine, Insect-Pests and Malarial Maladies in British India, 1890-1910’

Modhumita Roy (TuftsUniversity, Boston): ‘Colonial Concoctions: Recipes for Soup and Self’

Tilottama Tharoor (NYU) ‘The Haunting Life of Things: Objects Colonial and Pre-Colonial in Tagore’s “Hungry Stones” and The Home and the World

Deepkanta Lahiri Choudhury (Visva-Bharati), ‘Is Time on My Side? Constructing Time in India, circa 1860-1914’

5.30-7.30 Tagore’s Arup Ratan, a Jadavpur University Department of English production, directed by Ananda Lal. Gandhi Bhavan, JU campus

January 13, 2011

Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata (The Portrait Gallery)

10.00-10.15 Introductory remarks by Secretary and Curator, Professor Chitta Panda
10.15-11.15 John Plunkett (ExeterUniversity) ‘Queen Victoria’s Familial Familiarity: Affect and Imperial Loyalty c.1870-1901

Isabel Hofmeyr (WitwatersrandUniversity), ‘Grave Affect: Boer Prisoner of War Graves in India’

11.15-11.30 Coffee
11.30-1.00 Tapati Guha-Thakurta (CSSS) ‘The Dead Object of Public Statuary: Musings on Calcutta’s Colonial and Postcolonial Statues’

Stephen Muecke (University of New South Wales), ‘Affective Forces in Natural-Cultural Exchanges: Ivory’s Colonial Career’

Devleena Ghosh (University of Technology, Sydney) ‘The Way of Money and the Way of Land: Sugar, Soil and Stories in Fiji’

1.00-2.00 Lunch (West Quadrangle)
2.00-3.30 Panel on The Feeling of Networks (King’s College London)
  Clare Pettitt, Josephine McDonagh, ‘Introduction’

Ian Henderson, ‘Global Trollope’

Mark Turner, ‘The Cultural Cringe’

Clare Pettitt, Josephine McDonagh, ‘Responses’

3.30-3.45 Coffee
3.45-5.15 Chandreyee Niyogi (JadavpurUniversity) ‘Ravi Varma’s Paintings and the Night of the Gods’

Nilanjana Deb (JadavpurUniversity) ‘The Great Calcutta Exhibition’

Supriya Chaudhuri (JadavpurUniversity) ‘Art Manufactures in Colonial India’

5.45 Tea (West Quadrangle)
6.15 Gopalkrishna Gandhi, ‘Writer’s Cramp’

Special Lecture, (Entry by invitation only)

West Quadrangle. Seats to be taken by 6 pm.

Shri M K Narayanan, Governor of West Bengal, to preside.

January 14, 2011

National Library, Kolkata

10.00-10.30 Swapan Kumar Chakravorty, Director, National Library, ‘The Cultures of Print’
10.30- 11.00 Abhijit Gupta (JadavpurUniversity) ‘Indigo and Print: The Strange Case of the Indigo-Planting Mirror
11.00-11.15 Coffee
11.15- 12.45 Chair: Chandrika Kaul

Rochelle Pinto (University of Delhi), ‘On the subject of land: print genres and the discourse of land in Goa’

Tanya  Agathocleous (HunterCollege, New York) ‘Comparative Criticism, Cosmopolitanism and Neutrality in the English-Language Periodical’

Samia Khatun (University of Technology, Sydney) ‘Hadith to Puthi: The Production of the Book-Commodity and the Translation of Islamic Narratives to Bengali Poetry in Late 19th Century Calcutta’

Chandrika Kaul: Comments

12.45-1.15 Tour of exhibition in the National Library
1.15-2.15 Lunch and steering committee meeting
2.15-3.30 Rangana Banerjee, ‘Gun-Metal Watches, Camels, Tea and Perhaps Samosas: Hamlet in Colonial Bengal’

Aritra Chakraborti (JadavpurUniversity), ‘Naughties of Yesteryear: French Cards in Calcutta’

Rimi B. Chatterjee (JadavpurUniversity), ‘Dharma as Commodity: The Rig Veda and OxfordUniversity Press’

3.30-4.15 Hardik Brata Biswas, ‘Whose Memory of the Modern? Visual Moments in Archiving the Subject in the Colony

Amlan Das Gupta (JadavpurUniversity) ‘Archiving Music’

4.15-4.45 Margot Finn: Reflections on the Workshop
4.45-5.00 Valediction and Tea

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