Planned Violence Network event, New Delhi, 24-25 October 2014

The Planning Modernity: Colonial Continuities, Postcolonial DisjunctionsPV-Delhi-poster-723x1024 workshop, convened by Alex Tickell of the Department of English, The Open University, which will be held at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, on 24-25 October 2014.

The workshop is part of the Leverhulme-funded international network project ‘Planned Violence: Post/colonial Urban Infrastructures and Literature’, on which Alex is a co-investigator. A short project summary is included below. More information can be found on the project website: plannedviolence. Limited places are still available.

The workshop will feature papers, readings, and presentations from Manju Kapur, Rana Dasgupta, Aman Sethi, Kanika Batra, among others, including also Network members Elleke Boehmer, GJV Prasad, Alex Tickell, Pamila Gupta and Dominic Davies. The event will aim to consider the relationship between Delhi’s city spaces and infrastructures, and literary, visual and other cultural responses to these, as well as to the two other cities highlighted by the Network, Johannesburg and London.

The network, ‘Planned Violence: Post/colonial Urban Infrastructures and Literature’, will explore the shifting relationship between urban planning, violence and literary representation from colonial into postcolonial times. The project will examine the complex role of literature in theorizing the city: how contemporary patterns of violence are embedded within urban stories of the past, and how narrative complicates official histories of post-imperial, multicultural London, and postcolonial Delhi and Johannesburg. The network brings the insights of critical geographers and historians into dialogue with cultural and literary critics, identifying literary texts as key to interrogating current theoretical debates on space and social control.

The contact for late registration in Delhi is gjvprasad.violence@yahoo.com

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