March 13 and 14, 2020
This two-day interdisciplinary conference hosted by the Geographies of Injustice project at the Center for the Study of Social Difference explores the continuities and changes in the urban form and life of Bombay and other Indian Ocean port cities. The panelists question Bombay’s historical role as a model of urbanism in the region and untangle shared itineraries of urban planning, built form, working-class housing, economic life, and visual culture around the Indian Ocean. The conference will discuss the specificity, stakes, and consequences of what might be termed “Indian Ocean urbanisms” and the place of Indian Ocean urbanism during this moment of resurgence across East Africa, South Asia, and Southeast Asia. The event will bring together emerging and established scholars in the field and feature brief paper presentations and discussions by panelists on their recent scholarship. On March 13, the plenary session will feature talks by Professors Eric Tagliacozzo (Cornell University), Nancy Um (SUNY-Binghamton University), and Mustansir Dalvi (Sir JJ College of Architecture, University of Mumbai) on urbanism in Bombay and in the eastern and western Indian Ocean.
The event is co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Social Difference, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and the History Department.