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140147 VO Regional Cultures and Social History in Modern India (2018S)


Sprache: Englisch



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Montag 09.04. 11:45 - 13:45 Seminarraum 1 ISTB UniCampus Hof 2 2B-O1-25
Montag 16.04. 11:45 - 13:45 Seminarraum 1 ISTB UniCampus Hof 2 2B-O1-25
Montag 23.04. 11:45 - 13:45 Seminarraum 1 ISTB UniCampus Hof 2 2B-O1-25
Montag 30.04. 11:45 - 13:45 Seminarraum 1 ISTB UniCampus Hof 2 2B-O1-25
Montag 07.05. 11:45 - 13:45 Seminarraum 1 ISTB UniCampus Hof 2 2B-O1-25
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Montag 28.05. 11:45 - 13:45 Seminarraum 1 ISTB UniCampus Hof 2 2B-O1-25
Montag 04.06. 11:45 - 13:45 Seminarraum 1 ISTB UniCampus Hof 2 2B-O1-25
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Montag 18.06. 11:45 - 13:45 Seminarraum 1 ISTB UniCampus Hof 2 2B-O1-25


Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

Title: Empire in the Hills: Modern India, 1820s-1950s

The lecture will look at the advancement of the British Empire in the hills of India in the nineteenth and the twentieth century. As an area of societal and regional study, mountains have been neglected in the past, and an attempt is made to understand the patterns of development in the hills of India beyond the rural-urban and the plain-hill binaries. The lecture will explore spatial histories of these mountain stations, with the focus mainly on the hill stations of Simla, Darjeeling, Ootacamund and Mount Abu (colonial spellings used). There are many more hill stations that come up in this period. There are multiple reasons for their emergence. On explorations, many visions, desires and aspirations of the English settlers come in the foreground. The lecture is situated in the broader area of ‘Empire, Space and Culture’. The discursive imaginations of the Europeans about Indian hills convey that the only monuments on the landscape are the mountains and the imperial gaze of the writer. The people of the land with their history are missing. Were the hill sites places without people and no history? Are these hill stations the European ‘discoveries’? The treaty negotiations and the folk tales reconstruct a parallel history of the hill sites. The lecture will link colonisation, ecological and environmental concerns in the large-scale reorganisation of the mountain spaces.

The lecture will introduce different sources that can be used to understand the past, such as the oral histories, folk tales, archival sources, church, school and temple records, personal memoirs and travel accounts, maps, photographs and treaties, and the archival records.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab



Suggested Literature

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2. Bar, Pat, Simla: A Hill Station in British India, New York: Scribner, 1978.
3. Bashford, Alison, Imperial Hygiene: A Critical History of Colonialism, Nationalism and Public Health, Palgrave Macmillan, New York, 2004.
4. Bhasin, Raja, Simla: The Summer Capital of British India, Viking Penguin, London, 1992.
5. Berreman, David, Hindus of The Himalayas, Oxford University Press, 1998.
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12. Kanwar, Pamela, Imperial Simla, Delhi: OUP, 1990.
13. Kennedy, Dane, The Magic Mountains: Hill Stations and the British Raj, Berkeley: University of California Press, 1996.
14. Kenny, Judith, ‘ Climate, Race, and Imperial Authority: The Symbolic Landscape of the British Hill Station in India’, in Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Vol. 85, No. 4 (Dec., 1995), pp.694-714.
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22. Pradhan , Queeny, Empire in the Hills: Simla, Darjeeling, Ootacamund and Mount Abu (1820-1920), OUP (India), 2017
23. Prakash, Gyan, After Colonialism: Imperial Histories and Post Colonial Displacements, Princeton University Press, 1995.
24. Pratt, Mary Louise, Imperial Eyes: Travel Writing and Transculturation, , London: Routledge, 1992
25. Sengupta, Parna, ‘An Object Lesson in Colonial Pedagogy’, in Comparative Study in Society and History, Vol.45, No.1, January 2003, pp.96-121.
26. Skaria, Ajay, Hybrid Histories: Forests, Frontiers and Wildness in Western India, ‘Introduction’, Oxford University Press, 2001.
27. Stoddart, Brian, “Sport, Cultural Imperialism, and Colonial Responses in the British Empire”, in Comparative Studies in Society and History, Vol. 30, No.4, pp.649-673, October 1988.
28. Tilley, Christopher, A Phenomenology of Landscape: Places, Paths and Monuments, Chapter 1,‘Space, Place, Landscape and Perception: Phenomenological Perspective’, Berg/Providence, USA, 1995, pp.7-35.
29. Tillotson, G. H. R., “Indian Architecture and the English Vision”, in David Arnold and Peter Robb, eds., Institutions and Ideologies: A SOAS South Asia Reader, Richmond: Curzon Press, 1993, pp.120-143.

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