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Stones, Stories, Science: The Partitioned Histories of the Purana Qila

21 Apr '17 6.30 pm

Image: Margaret Bourke-White, “Young Refugee in Delhi,” 1947. Getty Images.

This presentation offers a modern history of the Purana Qila—a sixteenth-century fort in Delhi—focusing on its deliberate as well as unexpected appropriations to service various origin myths of the city and the larger nation of India. From its nineteenth-century descriptions as the capital of a mythical Hindu empire, to its representation by the British government as a symbol of imperial modernity, to its unexpected use as a refugee camp in 1947, and finally to archaeological efforts in the 1960s to uncover a mythical Hindu city at the same site, the Purana Qila has been a site of multiple foundations as well as partitions.

Please note that registrations via email are required for this free lecture. Kindly email us at info@jp-india.org.


Mrinalini Rajagopalan

Since 2011, Mrinalini Rajagopalan is Assistant Professor at the Department of the History of Art and Architecture at the University of Pittsburgh. She completed her PhD in 2007 at the Department of Architecture, University of California at Berkeley. Her recent publications include 'Building Histories: The Archival and Affective Lives of Five Monuments in Modern Delhi' (University of Chicago Press, 2017), and an anthology co-edited with Madhuri Desai: 'Colonial Frames, Nationalist Histories: Imperial Legacies, Architecture, and Modernity' (Surrey, U.K.: Ashgate Publishing Limited, 2012).



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