The Ben West Lecture in Critical Histories of Architecture and the Built Environment
"City and Country in South Asia"
Professor, Department of the History of Art and Architecture
University of California, Santa Barbara
Monday, April 15, 2013
Lang Performing Arts Center Cinema
Swarthmore College, PA, USA
This lecture focuses on the dynamics of city and country in South Asia during the 19th and early 20th centuries, specifically the changing conceptions of nature and the Indian village community, under the dual pressures of colonialism and nationalism. Situating these processes in a longer durée of urban history in South Asia, the talk proposes a rethinking of the conventional distinction between city and country. Using three spaces--the garden house, the urban garden, and the art school in a rural campus--Professor Chattopadhyay examines the imaginations of modernity that animated the negotiations between rural and urban and the categorical instability that the architectural choices suggested.
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