HISTORY 390 - Topics Mini-Course
Winter 2022, Section 001 - Urban Lives in India: Film, Fiction, History
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
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This seven week mini-course samples the histories of imagination, construction, and lived experience that help constitute urban life in contemporary South Asia. Using a range of scholarly, fictional, and filmic sources—including several feature and documentary films—we will explore such things as: urban/rural connectivity as a driver of urban growth; the formatting and management of infrastructure in relation to urban environmentalism; the nexus of real estate, political patronage and money animating development in India’s “Millennium” cities; and evolving paradigms of non-state urban activism aimed at securing better lives. Students will encounter a range of theoretical perspectives on India’s post colonial urban present, and explore how India’s dynamic urban processes have captured the imagination of writers, filmmakers, and scholars.

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This mini-course is intended for undergraduates at any level and from any discipline. Prior coursework on South Asia will be helpful, but is not required.


HISTORY 390 - Topics Mini-Course
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001 (SEM)
 In Person
MW 4:00PM - 6:00PM
002 (SEM)
 In Person
MW 2:00PM - 4:00PM

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