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Summer School 2018: Readings, Viewings, Links

Tapati Guha-Thakurta: Durga Puja Tours and Travels - The City as an Exhibitionary Realm
Each year, Kolkata’s Durga Puja scales new heights as the most spectacular, extravagant and publicized event in the city’s calendar.
Is Kolkata a Colonial City? Adda with Partha Chatterjee (in collaboration with Victoria Memorial Hall)
Adda: 'The practice of friends getting together for long, informal and unrigorous conversations' - Dipesh Chakrabarty
Tejaswini Niranjana, Inter-Asia Research Practices
Audrey Yue: The Communicative City: Ambient Participation, Place-making and Urban Screens
Public screens have become significant urban sites for place-making. Whether through physical location, the programming of art and cultural content, or capacity for networking, they are focal points for local embeddedness, community formation and civic belonging.
Kinetic Cities: Travels Through Inter-Asia
Anjeline De Dios, 'Wrong(ed) Bodies: Reading Filmic Representations of Philippine Drug War Victims', Roberto Castillo, 'Out of place in a Chinese village: Urban Transformation and Precarious Migrant Bodies' and Soo Ryon Yoon, 'Deaths Performed on a Palimpsest: Seoul's Garibong District and Camp: Places That Became the Dead'
Adda with Chua Beng Huat (National University of Singapore)
Inter-Asia Cultural Studies: The Research Cluster Model. Adda/Salon with Chua Beng Huat (National University of Singapore) in conversation with Tejaswini Niranjana and Samita Sen (Jadavpur University)
Kaushik Bhaumik, A Long, Hard Look at the City
Moinak Biswas, Coming to the City: Indian Cinema and Making of the Modern Self
Arriving in the city. We look at films from Bombay and Bengal, all from the period of national reconstruction in the wake of independence, that present the moment of encounter with the big city through the eyes of an outsider.
Subhajit Chatterjee/Ashish Rajadhyaksha, Charulata Under Siege: Restorations and Degradations of Kolkata's Cinematic Traditions
Nishant Shah, Living in Unpopulated Spaces: Rapid Feminist Prototyping for Survival
Whether we like it or not, the near future will be defined by automation, artificial intelligence, smart infrastructure, urban intensification and energy generation.
Abhijit Roy: Reality TV, Participatory Culture and the Many Locations of Bengal and Bengaliness
We look at three sites of participatory culture around Reality TV that help us understand the many nuances of Bengal and Bengaliness in contemporary popular culture: Kolkata and its suburbs, Darjeeling and Shillong (the last two being hilly towns where Bengalis are a minority, the former within Bengal and the latter outside).
Rosinka Chaudhuri, The City as Poetic Image: Then and Now
The city of Calcutta as it existed in the poetic image. We explore the city in poetry, and in the poetic image as it exists in prose and, of course, in film.
Firdous Azim, The Varying Voices of Women and Literary Texts
The city of Calcutta was a hub of literary activities from the mid-nineteenth century or of the time of the so-called Bengal renaissance. This same movement had stressed the importance of women’s education and the efflorescence of women’s writing by the 1870s in Bengal is usually associated with this movement.
M. Madhava Prasad (EFLU, Hyderabad), The Country and the City in Contemporary Indian Cinemas
Metiabruz: A Deposed King and Travelling Labour
Travelling popular cultures at the turn of the twentieth century.
The Chitpur Walk
Walking with Ghosts: The Calcutta Ghost Tour
Madhuja Mukherjee, 'Time Travel via CCTV': An Immersive History of a Place
We embarked on this project to traverse the multi-planar history of Calcutta, and its heterogeneous spatiality. The attempt was to recreate a visual chronotopia of sorts. Thus, a CCTV camera was setup on top of a defunct theatre - GEM, Entally; and, by shooting ceaselessly for over 10 days we generated an immersive and 360-degree time-space movement.

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