Rajnarayan Chandavarkar was one of the foremost scholars of urban and working class history writing on South Asia. His sudden death in April 2006 has been an inestimable loss to the academic community. The empirical depth of Chandavarkar’s scholarship stood out amongst his contemporaries. The impact of his work on the field remains to be assessed. This roundtable will focus on several areas where Chandavarkar’s contributions remain significant and offer new directions for future scholarship.
Janaki Nair, “Battles for Bangalore: Re-Territorialising the City”, paper published by SEPHIS (South-South Exchange Program for Research on the History of Development), International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam, 2002.
Anand Vivek Taneja, “The Archaeology of Myth: The Myth of Archaeology: The Pasts and Present of the Purana Qila” and “History and Heritage Woven in the New Urban Fabric: The Changing Landscapes of Delhi’s ‘First City’, 1995-2005 (or, Who Can Tell the Histories of Lado Sarai?)” (draft chapters from dissertation in the Department of Anthropology, Columbia University).
Svati Shah, “Sex Work and Secrecy” and “The Red Light Area: Producing the Spectacle of Sex Work” (from dissertation “Seeing Sexual Commerce: Sex, Work and Migration in the City of Mumbai”, Columbia University Department of Anthropology, 2005).
David Frisby, Cityscapes of Modernity, London: Polity Press, 2002, ch.1 (The Flaneur in Social Theory), ch. 3 (Georg Simmel’s Metropolis), ch. 4 (Vienna is not Berlin), ch. 5 (Otto Wagner & Vienna), ch. 6 (Social Theory, the Metropolis and Expressionism).
Siegfried Kracauer, The Mass Ornament: Weimar Essays, Thomas Levin, ed., trans., Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1995.