Hughes Lounge, 3rd Floor Cohen Hall
Please join us this Thursday, April 4th, at 4:30pm in Hughes Lounge (Cohen 351) for a Science Beyond the West workshop on reading “against the grain” with Debjani Bhattacharyya!
Dr. Bhattacharyya, Assistant Professor of History at Drexel University, is a historian of law, economy, and the environment in South Asia and the author of Empire and Ecology in the Bengal Delta: The Making of Calcutta, published last year by Cambridge University Press. She will be discussing how she works with colonial records, especially cartographic materials, in her own research to understand representations of space at a particular time. To facilitate the conversation, she has generously shared a short (3pp.) excerpt from a report on Bengal’s rivers and a pair of maps produced by a London cartographer and NASA, respectively, as well as a visual essay by Gautam Bhadra entitled “Pictures in Celestial and Worldly Time: Illustrations in Nineteenth-Century Bengali Almanacs,” from New Cultural Histories of India: Materiality and Practices (2014).
Readings posted on the Science Beyond the West page
Reading against the grain is a critical skill for recovering marginalized perspectives from the archive, so we hope you’ll join us for this rare opportunity to think through its theoretical and practical dimensions. Fresh coffee and snacks will be served.