Ahmedabad: Shock City of Twentieth-Century India
Wednesday, September 14th, 2011, 3-5pm
CHAT Lounge, 10th Floor, Gladfelter
Lynn Hollen Lees, History, U Penn
Amandeep Sandhu, Sociology, Temple
About Ahmedabad: Shock City (Indiana, 2011): In the 20th century, Ahmedabad was India's "shock city." It was the place where many of the nation's most important developments occurred first and with the greatest intensity—from Gandhi’s political and labor organizing, through the growth of textile, chemical, and pharmaceutical industries, to globalization and the sectarian violence that marked the turn of the new century. Events that happened there resonated throughout the country, for better and for worse. Howard Spodek describes the movements that swept the city, telling their story through the careers of the men and women who led them.
About the speakers:
Howard Spodek is Professor of History and Urban Studies at Temple. His research on India has been supported by every major fellowship including the Fulbright, NSF, NEH, American Philosophical Society, the Smithsonian, the SSRC, and AIIS. Professor Spodek has also been honored for distinction in the classroom by receiving the first Distinguished Teaching Award (1988) by the College and, in 1993, by the Great Teacher Award at Temple. He has authored or edited 5 books, and produced and written a documentary film on Ahmedabad.
Lynn Lees works in the fields of British history, European social history, and world history. She is co-director of the Lauder Institute of Management and International Studies, and Vice Provost for Faculty at Penn where she's taught for 35 years, including two terms as chair of the department of history. Her wide ranging publications include histories of English poor laws and Irish migrants in Victorian London. Her influential The Making of Urban Europe, 1000-1995, co-written with economist Paul Hohenberg, is in its second edition and has been translated into French and Italian.She's currently researching British sugar and rubber plantations in Malaya in an effort to understand the growth of a colonial society in southeast Asia.
Amandeep Sandhu is assistant professor in Sociology at Temple who works on global sociology, particularly issues of political economy, development, and social change. Working at the intersection of political economy and culture, his research connects systemic transformations of capitalism to global inequalities. A current project examines the recent globalization of service work - commonly referred to as outsourcing - as reflected in the call centers of Bangalore, India, and the impact on workers who perform this work. Another project draws upon cases from Egypt and India to research the impact of Chinese manufacturing exports on artisanal workers and cultural industries in southern countries.