Tommaso Bobbio – “Countrymen Within the City”: The Construction of Citizenship and the Rhetoric of “Slum Development” in Twentieth-Century Ahmedabad

Tommaso Bobbio, Royal Holloway University of London “Countrymen within the city”: the construction of citizenship and the rhetoric of “slum development” in twentieth-century Ahmedabad Industrial development and demographic growth have been two dominant features in the expansion of Ahmedabad city in the 20th century. Unplanned expansion of industrial neighbourhoods, migrations and urban poverty led thousands of casual and migrant labourers …

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Ilyas Chattha – Differential Treatment: Kashmiri Refugees’ Experience of Rehabilitation and Punjab-Centre Relations, 1947-1961

Ilyas Chattha, Southampton University Differential Treatment: Kashmiri Refugees’ Experience of Rehabilitation and Punjab-Centre Relations, 1947-1961 Despite the growing concerns of the ‘new history’ of Partition of India and its aftermath, until recently it has been dominated by the 1947 Punjab experience of migration and rehabilitation. This has been to the detriment of other regions such as Jammu which experienced a …

Taylor C. Sherman – Retribution, not Rehabilitation: Everyday Violence in the Aftermath of the Police Action in Hyderabad

Taylor C. Sherman, Royal Holloway University of London Retribution, not Rehabilitation: Everyday Violence in the Aftermath of the Police Action in Hyderabad This paper is concerned with the way violence was interpreted in the aftermath of the Police Action in Hyderabad in September 1948. It looks at the disjuncture between two different levels of thinking about the events which occurred …

William Gould – Policing, ‘Punishment’ and Quotidian Violence in Late Colonial and Early Independent North India

William Gould, University of Leeds Policing, ‘punishment’ and quotidian violence in late colonial and early independent north India Looking at policing UP, this paper examines the nexus between political power brokers and policemen, and the forms of violence and coercion that underpin this nexus between the 1910s and 1940s. It considers how complex forms of violence, involving social humiliation and …

Ornit Shani – Gandhi, Citizenship and the Resilience of Indian Nationhood

Ornit Shani, University of Haifa Gandhi, Citizenship and the Resilience of Indian Nationhood Among the main concerns that preoccupied Indian leaders before and after independence was the question of how to safeguard the country’s national unity, given its multifaceted and deep social divisions. How could the new state turn colonial subjects into citizens? The odds of India succeeding to become …

A Taste of Physics – Cold Universe

30 June 2009 – ‘A Taste of Physics’ – The second of two lectures to whet your appetite to study Physics: ‘Cold Universe’ with Dr. Andrew Casey

Etienne Balibar – Antinomies of Citizenship

12 May 2009 – Professor Etienne Balibar – Cassal Lecture in French Culture: ‘Antinomies of Citizenship’ – Ever since the origins in ancient societies, the concept of the citizen and the corresponding “community of citizens” (the Greek politeia, the Roman civitas) have moved in polarities which accounted for a permanent tension: between rights and duties, membership and exclusion, participation and representation, etc. In periods of crisis of the political institution such as the current ‘trans-nationalization’ of the Law and the global Economy , the constitutive tensions can become genuine antinomies, which confront individuals and collectives with radical choices. This Lecture will try to clarify their formulation and show what is at stake in their uncertain perspectives.

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Teaching History in Deep Time

29 April 2009 – Teaching History in Deep Time – Two historians – Professor Peregrine Horden and Professor Penelope Corfield – and one geographer – Professor Clive Gamble – explore the relationship between ‘time’ and ‘History’ and how the study of History over long periods of time, or ‘Deep History’, can further an understanding the past. While present research clearly points to a shift in periodisation and classification, teaching History in ‘Deep Time’ is clearly something that has not yet entered the syllabus of undergraduate teaching. The discussion here proposes some practical models.