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Making Ocean Bombay: Capital and Community in a Colonial Port City, 1839-1945
March 31 at 5:00 pm
All are welcome to join the zoom lecture and discussion afterwards. Those who would like to read the pre-circulated paper can contact Dr. Cemil Aydin (firstname.lastname@example.org).Tania Bhattacharyya is a Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows and a social historian of modern South Asia and the Indian Ocean. Her research interests lie in the history of the city, the nation, borders, itinerancy, labor, capitalism, cinema and popular culture, gender and community. Her book manuscript, Ocean Bombay, 1839-1945: Space, Itinerancy and Community in an Imperial Port City, tells the century long story of colonial Bombay’s spatial, economic and socio-political transformation from a port city to a mill city. Through accounts of community building amongst the itinerant, transoceanic residents of the city the book practices a critique of the methodological nationalism inherent in much intellectual inquiry about the subcontinent. Tania received her PhD in History at Columbia University, a second B.A. with senior status from the University of Oxford where she read history as a Rhodes Scholar, and her first BA in History from St. Stephens College in the University of Delhi.