How did colonialism influence the charity infrastructure of Indian cities?

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How did colonialism influence the charity infrastructure of Indian cities?

The word ‘charity’ does not easily come to mind in relation to colonialism. But charity is a constitutive part of every society and is reflected in distinctive infrastructure in urban and rural areas. How did nineteenth century British colonialism reshape the charity infrastructure in Indian cities and how does this feature in the charity infrastructure of these cities today?

Professor Preeti Chopra speaks to these questions in our Question Marks seminar on Infrastructure.

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Preeti Chopra is professor of architecture, urban history, and visual studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She trained as an architect (CEPT, Ahmedabad), landscape architect, urban planner, and architectural historian (University of California, Berkeley) and has conducted research in western and southern India in the colonial and postcolonial contexts. Chopra is the author of A Joint Enterprise: Indian Elites and the Making of British Bombay (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2011).

She is currently working on a second book on colonial Bombay. In addition to these book projects, Chopra has published on a range of subjects, including the naming of city districts, French colonial urbanism in Pondicherry, the formation of suburbs in Bombay, and art and memory in the Indian city. Chopra has received numerous research grants and fellowships, such as a Resident Fellowship at the Institute for Research in the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin–Madison in spring 2010. She was a Fellow-in-Residence at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences as a participant in research group 2017/2018.


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