Two Upcoming Talks by Jonathan Spencer, at Cornell and at Harvard

We are happy to draw your attention to two upcoming talks by Jonathan Spencer next week, one at Cornell University and one at Harvard University.

Jonathan Spencer is Professor of the Anthropology of South Asia & Head of School of Social and Political Science, Social Anthropology, School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh and he is Vice-President of AISLS.

Jonathan Spencer’s talk at Cornell is on Monday, November 18, and is entitled “With that Discipline Will Also Come to Them:  the Politics of the Urban Poor in Postwar Colombo.”

His talk at Harvard is on Tuesday, November 19, and is entitled “The Beautification of Postwar Colombo.”

Further information on both is below.

The Beautification of Postwar Colombo

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 from 04:00pm – 05:30pm  /  CGIS Knafel, K262

South Asia Institute Urbanization Seminar

Jonathan Spencer, Professor of the Anthropology of South Asia & Head of School of Social and Political Science, Social Anthropology, School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh

 

Since the end of the country’s 30-year civil war in 2009, the Sri Lankan armed forces have continued to grow despite the absence of obvious military threats to the government. Under the guidance of the President’s brother, the Ministry of Defence now plays a leading role in town planning through the Urban Development Authority (which is formally part of the Ministry). Colombo has seen an aggressive programme of improvement, which started with a “war” on alleged underworld figures, has taken in the eviction of hawkers from pedestrian spaces, the creation of new leisure areas, and now would seem to involve the clearance of “sub-standard” housing, especially in places like Slave Island, an historically dense and religiously and culturally mixed area near the city centre. This talk will explore the different kinds of politics that may be at work in this moment, and ask what the project of “beautifying” Colombo might tell us about the political dynamics of postwar Sri Lanka.

Cosponsored with the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation

source: AISLS


OpenEdition vous propose de citer ce billet de la manière suivante :
DM (16 novembre 2013). Two Upcoming Talks by Jonathan Spencer, at Cornell and at Harvard. SRI LANKA & DIASPORAS. Consulté le 13 juillet 2024 à l’adresse https://doi.org/10.58079/u85h


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