[Soasiastudents] Re: Talk by Saher Romani
antaara at u.washington.edu
Tue May 13 15:24:26 PDT 2008
Correction, the Talk by Saher Romani is in Thomson 403, not 303 as below.
Apologies for any confusion.
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From: Ashish Nangia
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Sent: Tuesday, May 13, 2008 1:57 PM
Subject: Fw: Talk by Saher Romani
Attached are the details for Saher Romani's talk on Thursday, May 15, 3:30 pm in Thomson 303.
There will be chai and samosas.
Re-writing my Para, my Neighborhood: Examining a youth critical literacy program in Central Calcutta
In a variety of public discourses, socio-economically underprivileged neighborhoods in urban India are frequently reduced to what Arturo Escobar calls 'placeless abstractions.' Bowbazaar, a neighborhood in central Calcutta, is one such neighborhood perpetually interpreted and constructed as a 'slum' and 'red-light area' abstraction in a range of discourses from news media to development. In December 2007, a group of youth living in Bowbazaar participated in a critical literacy program called 'Para Diaries' (Neighborhood Diaries), which encourages literacy as a social practice through neighborhood story-telling. This ethnographic study examines how urban youth living in Bowbazaar engage in a process of meaning-making through personally imagining and socially constructing their neighborhood.
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