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‘The Ghosted Empire: Haunting and Memory in Postcolonial Urban Culture’

August 29 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

This presentation explores different moments of spectral uncanny in the postcolonial urban ethos. From metaphorical hauntings to real houses, this paper not only responds to the question of how memories entrenched in physical or material spaces generate meanings, it considers whether the
ghastly in the built environment of the city can work as a historical supplement to interpret Calcutta’s transition from the colonial to the postcolonial modernity through the affective frames of nostalgia, trauma and other memories that are haunted by various temporalities. Inhabiting the
interstities between the “here” and “now” and “there” and “then”, in their hauntings the past returns with a surplus of meaning. It can never be the same past once experienced, as it is always already altered by the concerns of the present.Discipline/Coordinating Entity: Humanities and Social Sciences


August 29
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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