Panel 1: Literary Cities, Cultural Resistance

Ole Birk Laursen – ‘Indian Anti-colonial Nationalism and the Spectre of Anarchism’

Florian Stadtler – ‘Indian Popular Cinema and Urban Cityscapes: A Politics of Resistance?’

Louisa Layne – ‘Sound Systems and Other Systems: Urban Aesthetic Spaces in the work of Linton Kwesi Johnson’

Stuti Khanna – ‘Crime and the Media: How a City’s Meaning is Made’

The workshop’s first panel features four short interventions from four different speakers which explore the way in which different kinds of literary and cultural production can resist a variety of forms of planned violence and work to reclaim urban space for marginalised inhabitants of the city. First, Ole Birk Laursen looks at the anti-colonial and anarchist networks in Europe at the beginning of the twentieth century, before Florian Stadtler offers his thoughts on the way in which Indian popular cinema depicts various kinds of mob and gang violence in Mumbai. Louisa Layne then discusses the ways in which sounds systems function as a kind of infrastructure that, through the social interactions and spaces they instigate, might be seen as a kind of reclamation of urban space from a repressive and sometimes violent police force. In the concluding paper, Stuti Khanna returns to filmic representations of the kinds of gendered and inter-caste violence taking place in Delhi, one of the cities on which the Planned Violence Network has specifically focused.


(From the fourth Planned Violence Workshop, ‘Comparative Infrastructures, South and North’, held in Oxford in September 2015)

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