Cornell University

"The Archive and the City of Bombay": An Inaugural Symposium

Friday, September 15, 2017 at 9:30am to 5:00pm

A. D. White House, Guerlac Room
29 East Ave, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA

Symposium: The Archive and the City of Bombay

                  Friday, September 15, 2017

A collaboration between the Cornell University Library and the Department of African, Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Literatures at Rutgers University, this symposium explores the various archives of and in Bombay through its films, its activists, its legal histories, its writers and its many spaces and lives.

9:30 amWelcome & Introductions

Anne Blackburn (Cornell University)

Bronwen Bledsoe (Cornell University Library)


9:50 - 10:50 amKeynote Address: “The Secret Life of the Archives”

Arvind Krishna Mehrotra (Poet and Translator)


11:00 am - 12:30 pmPanel 1: Film, Law, and the Archive of the Urban

Svati Shah (University of Massachusetts-Amherst)

Meheli Sen (Rutgers University)

Chair: Satya Mohanty (Cornell University)


1:30 - 3:00 pmPanel 2: The City and Literary Archives

Laetitia Zecchini (Centre Nationnal de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris)

Emma Bird (University of Warwick)

Chair: Graziano Krätli (Yale University Library)


3:00 - 4:30 pmPanel 3: Memory, the Material World, and the City’s Archives

Vinay Dharwadker (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Anjali Nerlekar (Rutgers University)

Chair: Robert Travers (Cornell University)


4:45 – 5:45 pmPlenary Session

Viju Chitre (Wife of poet Dilip Chitre) in conversation with Arshia Sattar (Author and Translator) and Anjali Nerlekar (Rutgers University)


Co-sponsored by the Cornell University Library, South Asia Program, Society for the Humanities, and Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, and Rutgers University.



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Asian Studies, South Asia Program, Cornell University Library, Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies




Free Admission

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Arvind Krishna Mehrotra and Vijaya Chitre

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