South Asian Visual Culture and Politics
Drawing from maps, surveys, extant architecture, paintings and lithographs of the city, and travel narratives, the various phases of this project elucidate the ways that the British colonial presence in Patna, a city on the Ganges river in Bihar, India, reshaped the city space. Through various case studies, the research included here describes the discourse of colonialism as read through the city space, arguing that the narrative of urban change supported the colonial presence in the subcontinent. Comparative research included the cities of Calcutta, Dhaka, Lucknow, Kanpur, and, in a separate study, Kochi (Kerala).
Publications: 5 articles, book proposal under review
Image: Golghar, Patna, by FWA De Fabeck, 1888, V&A