P20


Bombay from the ashes: the creation and emergence of city space, 1803-1920 
Convenors:
Erica Wald (London School of Economics and Political Science)
Anna Gust (Five Colleges, Massachusetts)
Location:
C405
Start time:
27 July, 2012 at 16:15 (UTC+0)
Session slots:
1

Short Abstract:

This panel will examine the overlapping processes of (re)creating the city and explore the complex, competing narratives of city space in Bombay over the long nineteenth century.

Long Abstract

In February 1803, a large fire tore through Bombay's Fort and Black Town, destroying much of what was the central town. The destruction wrought by the fire offered British military and government officials the opportunity to embark on an ambitious and complex campaign of city planning. It enabled the authorities to re-conceptualise the city space and, in so doing, to impose order and categorisation upon the city's diverse population. Thus, the fire began a long process of spatial negotiation and conflict between different social groups ranging from government, medical societies and mill owners. This panel will examine the overlapping processes of (re)creating the city and explore the complex, competing narratives of city space in Bombay over the long nineteenth century.

Accepted papers: