Mumbai Meri Jaan: In Conversation with Gyan Prakash

Gyan Prakash joins Kamran Asdar at The Second Floor (T2F) for an evening of sprawling conversation about Mumbai Fables, history, politics, literature, and cinema.

About Mumbai Fables

Mumbai Fables

Mumbai Fables

A place of spectacle and ruin, Mumbai exemplifies the cosmopolitan metropolis. It is not just a big city but also a soaring vision of modern urban life. Millions from India and beyond, of different ethnicities, languages, and religions, have washed up on its shores, bringing with them their desires and ambitions.

Mumbai Fables explores the mythic inner life of this legendary city as seen by its inhabitants, journalists, planners, writers, artists, filmmakers, and political activists. In this remarkable cultural history of one of the world’s most important urban centers, Gyan Prakash unearths the stories behind its fabulous history, viewing Mumbai through its turning points and kaleidoscopic ideas, comic book heroes, and famous scandals – the history behind Mumbai’s stories of opportunity and oppression, of fabulous wealth and grinding poverty, of cosmopolitan desires and nativist energies. Shedding light on the city’s past and present, Mumbai Fables offers an unparalleled look at an extraordinary metropolis.

About Gyan Prakash

Gyan Prakash

Gyan Prakash

Educated in India and the United States, Gyan Prakash specializes in the history of modern India. He is a Professor of History at Princeton University and his research and teaching interests cover urban modernity, the colonial genealogies of modernity, and problems of postcolonial thought and politics. He advises on modern South Asian history, comparative colonialism and postcolonial theory, urban history, global history, and the history of science.

Gyan is the author of Bonded Histories and Another Reason: Science and the Imagination of Modern India and co-author of Worlds Together, Worlds Apart. His book Mumbai Fables, an edited volume, Noir Urbanisms: Dystopic Images of the Modern City, and a co-edited volume, Utopia/Dystopia: Historical Conditions of Possibility were published in Fall 2010.

Date: Sunday, 30th December, 2012
Time: 7:00 pm
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Venue: The Second Floor (T2F), 10-C, Sunset Lane 5, Phase 2 Extension, DHA, Karachi.

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