B.R. AMBEDKAR MEMORIAL LECTURE SERIES, Planning and the City, The Experience of Colonial Calcutta
DR K.R. NARAYANAN CENTRE FOR DALIT AND MINORITIES STUDIES
B.R. AMBEDKAR MEMORIAL LECTURE SERIES
Planning and the City:
The Experience of Colonial Calcutta
Dr Partho Datta
Zakir Husain Evening College, Delhi
Venue: Library Hall, Dr. K.R. Narayanan Centre for Dalit and Minorities Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi
Time & Date: 2.30 PM, Thursday, 22 September 2011
The Topic: Urban planning is a subject that nationalist histories address only sparingly. Colonial cities have had a long history of planning and this paper will briefly look at the approaches to the subject by urbanists and the issues that the story of these cities raise for modern Indian historians generally. The second half of the paper will look at the experience of Calcutta and its long contentious history where attempts by the colonial state at restructuring the city had only partial success.
The Speaker: Partho Datta teaches at the Zakir Husain Evening College, Delhi. He is the author of Planning the City, Urbanization and Reform in Calcutta 1800-1940 (Tulika Books: Forthcoming).