HISTORY 457 - The History of Colonial India
Section: 001 The City in South Asia
Term: WN 2018
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
Credits:
3
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Rackham Information:
Rackham credit requires additional work.
Primary Instructor:

This course explores the histories of imagination, construction, and lived experience that help constitute urban life in South Asia (especially India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh). Temporally, the course will cover the period from British colonial rule in the subcontinent through the present. Our goals will be to explore the breadth of urban arrangements present in modern South Asia; understand how urbanism and architectural modernism in the region helped contribute to a transnational modernity that has often ignored those contributions; and cultivate an awareness of how contemporary urban experience in the region helps challenge some of the durable categories that have been used to analyze Indian cities in developmental, journalistic, and academic discourse. Using a range of scholarly, fictional, historical, and filmic sources, we will explore such things as: the history of colonial town planning and urban “improvement” in relation to contemporary urban form; urban/rural connectivity as both an idea and a concrete relation; the formatting and management of infrastructure, water, and the urban environment; the nexus of real estate, political patronage, and money animating development on India’s urban peripheries; and evolving paradigms of non-state urban activism.

HISTORY 457 - The History of Colonial India
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
P
30930
Open
19
 
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W 1:00PM - 4:00PM
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