Divine Enterprise in Bangalore


Tulasi Srinivas, “Divine Enterprise: Hindu Priests and Ritual Change in Neighbourhood Hindu Temples in Bangalore”, South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies, Vol.XXIX, no.3, December 2006.


Wayne Ashley, “The Stations of the Cross: Christ, Politics, and Processions on New York City’s Lower East Side” in Robert Orsi, ed. Gods of the City: Religion and the American Urban Landscape, Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1999, pp.341-366.

David Harvey, “Capitalism: The Factory of Fragmentation” (chapter 7) and “Cartographic Identities: Geographical Knowledges Under
Globalization” (chapter 11) from Spaces of Capital: Towards a Critical Geography, New York: Routledge, 2001, pp.121-127 and pp.208-236.

Peter Hall, “The City of Enterprise: Planning Turned Upside Down: Baltimore, Hong Kong, London, 1975-1987” in Cities of Tomorrow: An Intellectual History of Urban Planning and Design in the Twentieth Century, London: Basil Blackwell, 1988, pp.342-260.

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.

James Heitzman, “Becoming Silicon Valley”, Seminar 503 on Globalization, New Delhi, July 2001

A History of Modern Computing

Paul Ceruzzi, A History of Modern Computing.
Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2003.

In my own lifetime of thirty years, global society has been transformed by the widespread availability of inexpensive computing technology. Indeed, only within the past ten years, a new combination of commoditised hardware, software, and network infrastructure has put this technology within reach of millions of new people. A certain taint of presentism is, therefore, inevitable in any attempt to write the history of computing in our time, as we are positioned at a particular point in a dynamic of ongoing social and technical change. As with earlier historians of the “industrial revolution”, we must assess the historicity of the information or “digital revolution” both as historical narratives and popular common sense.

This presentism presents particular challenges to the historian in his or her craft of framing a coherent narrative of technological development. Here I will consider different approaches to the history of computing which confront both the the familiar challenges of a historian of technology, as well as the unique aspects of computing as an object of historical inquiry. In the introduction to his A History of Modern Computing, Paul Ceruzzi discusses two distinct approaches to the history of computing, what he calls the technological systems approach and the social constructionist approach. What are the objects of inquiry of these two approaches? Continue reading A History of Modern Computing

Colonial Planning & Princely Hyderabad


Eric Lewis Beverley, “Improvising Urbanism: Aesthetics and Sanitation in the Making of Modern Hyderabad”. (draft chapter of dissertation in the Department of Indo-Islamic Studies, Harvard University).


Mark Harrison, “The Foundations of Public Health in India: Crisis and Constraint”, chapter 3 of Public Health in British India: Anglo-Indian Preventive Medicine 1859-1914, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994).

Di Wang, “Street Control”, chapter 5 of Street Culture in Chengdu:
Public Space, Urban Commoners and Local Politics, 1870-1930, Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2003.

Paul Rabinow, “Techno-Cosmopolitanism: Governing Morocco”, chapter 9 of French Modern: Norms and Forms of the Social Environment, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1989.

John E. Brush, “The Morphology of Indian Cities” in Roy Turner, ed.,
India’s Urban Future: Selected Studies from an International Conference sponsored by Kingsley Davis, Richard L. Park, and Catherine Bauer Wurster, Berkeley: University of California Press, 1962.

Zeynep Celik, “Regularization of the Urban Fabric” in Celik, The Remaking of Istanbul: Portrait of an Ottoman City in the Nineteenth Century, Berkeley: University of California Press, 1986.