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Indian Temple Architecture and Modernity Conference Organisation University of Cardiff, Welsh School of Architecture 10-SEP-2018
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This symposium aims to open a discussion on the ways in which histories of Indian temple architecture can be recalibrated so as to bring them in critical relation to modernity. It aims to do so by paying attention not only to the genealogies of modern European thought that the said histories might be indebted to, but also their polycentric, polysemic and transformed configurations. Architectural historiography has largely been content with the use of frameworks that deploy standards of antiquarian taste mobilised in the colonial imagination, the sifting of ‘spiritual’ and ‘capitalist’ worlds established by early Art History, the centrality placed on historicising knowledge in linear time frames and the study of architectural form devoid of social worlds. Such knowledge often sits awkwardly with everyday temple building practices and lifeworlds which are in a continuous process of negotiation and ‘dealings’ with modern historical consciousness, ideas of nationhood, modern economies, technologies, shifting patronage and networks, both in India as well as on global platforms. It might be asked what the recalibrated histories look like when seen through frameworks of transculturation and translation, where architectural practice, praxis and production include diverse vantage points and relations, both engaging with and modifying global categories as well as legacies of post-enlightenment ways of knowing. Papers will pay attention to the performative ways in which highly localised architectural knowledge, and global histories intersect and translate into one another. Papers will unravel frameworks that have historically and historiographically been used to analyse Indian temple architecture through particular assumptions, tastes and value systems. The symposium welcomes papers which explore the design and production process of a broad range of sacred and secular architecture, which come to carry the burden of the category ‘traditional’, and are simultaneously free from it.
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11-SEP-2018
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Judge Leadership Role Architectural History (SAHGB) 01-AUG-2021
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Judge for the Society of Architectural Historians Great Britain (SAHGB) Dissertation Prize, 2021.
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Associate Editor Editorial Role The British Association for South Asian Studies 03-SEP-2020
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Associate editor for the BASAS bi annual journal 'South Asian Studies' published by Taylor and Francis.
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Judge Leadership Role Architectural History (SAHGB) 01-JUN-2020
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Judging the Society of Architectural Historians Great Britain (SAHGB) 'James Morris Essay Prize' 2020.
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01-NOV-2020
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External examiner External Examiner Role Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge 10-FEB-2020
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External examiner for first year PhD. report at the Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge.
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28-FEB-2020
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Worlding the factory: a case study from Gujarat 1948-2018 Named Lecture ESALA - Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture 20-OCT-2018
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This paper focuses on the relations of production in a factory on the outskirts of Ahmedabad, Gujrat, (India) that uses Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) machinery for intricate stone carving in the Indian temple making industry. Such digital fabrication processes tend to get associated with a “lack” in recent Indian historiography, signifying a loss of older artisanal practices. On the other hand, recent discourses on automation in architecture tend to valorise a perceived freedom from labour, while claiming to bring architects closer to their craft. Motivated by Dipesh Chakrabarty’s reading of Marx’s category “abstract labour”, this paper looks at the vast assemblage of hand intensive, machine and automated processes on the CNC factory floor through the stories, memories and histories of five individuals who were engaged in the making of the Shri Krishna Temple in West Bromwich (2010). Within the utilitarian space of the factory shed it engages with ideas of care, craft, manipulation and innovation while also bearing witness to displacement of labour.
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20-OCT-2018
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