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Sociology Seminar Series

In this seminar Dr. Anupama Rao will present a paper on 'Space and Subalternity: An Archive of Urban Inhabitation'. The link for the talk is: Click here to join the meeting

Event Date: 
Thursday, November 5, 2020 -

Dr. Anupama Rao is TOW Associate Professor of History, Barnard and MESAAS (Columbia). Dr. Rao has research and teaching interests in gender and sexuality studies; caste and race; historical anthropology; social theory; comparative urbanism; and colonial genealogies of human rights and humanitarianism. 


Seminar Abstract: 

In this talk I’ll speak about the emergence of the discipline of urban sociology in the interwar period; it’s role in both discovering and constituting the poor as a spatially fixed, racialized category; the Bombay school of sociology, and early studies of caste and class, including G. R. Pradhan's Untouchable Workers of Bombay City (1938), which B. R. Ambedkar introduced. I’d like to then use the recently published text, Memoirs of a Dalit Communist, to ask about the rather different ways in which the urban self, inhabitation, and social experience might be narrated in subaltern self-writing. The idea is to think about an urban space as itself an archive of possible ways to occupy and claim the city.

Thursday 05, Nov 2020
06:45 PM - 08:45 PM