[Reader-list] [Announcements] [Sarai Newsletter] Sarai/CSDS Independent Fellowship
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Mon Dec 2 22:44:36 IST 2002
Sarai/CSDS Independent Fellowship (December 2002-May 2003)
We are happy to announce the list of Sarai/CSDS Short Term
Independent Fellowships for the year 2002-03.
We received more than one hundred and fifty proposals in English and
Hindi from all over India, in response to the call for proposals that
went out in September 2002. We were delighted by the number of high
quality proposals that came in response to our advertisement. Sixty
seven proposals were shortlisted and thirty six proposals were finally
selected for support.
Given the large number of good proposals and our desire to encourage
younger scholars and practitioners we have decided to maximize the
awardees by distributing the total grant outlay amongst a larger
number of candidates. This has resulted in the awarding of some
partial grants, which we hope will encourage an interesting and
diverse body of research and practice.
We congratulate all the awardees and thank all those who responded so
enthusiastically to the call for proposals.
The awardees (in alphabetical order) are -
1) Abhay Dube (Hindi)
'Naya' Shahar/Nayi Sexuality ('New' City/ New Sexuality)
To focus on sexual assertitions in city/towns in the face of moral and
organisational opposition. Print publications, video parlours and
their subscribers as well as love spots in the city will form the
basis of the study. It will also interrogate sex as commodity and how
it has acquired a middle class respectability, and critique, in the
form of court cases, organisational oppositions, etc.
Mediation of a Marginal Science in a Colonial City: Reading Psychiatry
in Colonial Bengali Periodicals
To look at how psychiatry and categories such as insanity were
deployed in Bengali periodicals, both popular and scientific, in the
late nineteenth and the early twentieth centuries.
3) Arvind Narrain, C.S. Balachandran and Vinay Chandran
Outing Bangalore : Intesections of Geographies, Law and Sexualites
To embrace an ethnography of what it is to be homosexual in urban
space, reflect on online homosexual spaces, construct everyday
psycho-geographies of being gay and also look at the legal regimes and
repressions that mark out the everyday experience of homosexuals in
city spaces, specifically Bangalore.
4) Avinash Kumar (Hindi)
Des-Pardes ka Dvand aur Dilli (The Dilemma of the Insider/Outsider and
To explore the writerly dilemma of belonging and alienation in a city
of migrants, a city where the Hindi/Urdu dichotomy has greatly
affected the writer. An entire range of poetry and fiction will be
looked at along with interviews conducted with all surviving writers
to explore how their work reflects the everyday contradiction of
living in a city they do not love.
5) Ayisha Abraham
Deteriorating Memories: Blurring Fact and Fiction in Home Movies in
Research, combined with work towards a media art project based on 8mm
Home Movies in Bangalore.
This project combines old and new media in very interesting ways. She
has been collecting and researching the little known area of the
domestic usage of 8mm, super 8 mm and 16 mm celluloid film, and has
found remarkable collections, including those made by middle class
housewives, a post office worker and other people who worked with
these film formats as a hobby.
She intends to work further with these materials, recycling them in a
digital format and presenting them for an installation, or a series of
installations, in spaces that are not mainstream art venues. She also
intends to research and experiment with appropriate technological and
aesthetic forms towards the public rendition of this material.
6) Bharti Chaturvedi
The City of Bins : Narratives from the informal waste recycling sector
To work with personal narratives of people who work in the waste
recycling sector in Delhi. This will work towards a wall newspaper
with, and for, the waste recycling workers.
7) Bharti Kher
Love -an absence of assignable cause: Research towards the realization
of a media based art project
To interrogate the delicate politics of status, gender and caste that
lie at the heart of the three-line matrimonial ad. She will be
researching into the appropriate digital interface with which to
realize this project which will ultimately take the form of a video
and sound installation.
8) Frederick Noronha
GNU/Linux in India: Research and Reportage on the Free Software/Open
Source Movement in India.
Continuing last year's efforts at networking all the Linux Users
Groups (LUGs) and other campaign groups across South Asia, Noronha
also hopes to focus the research on Indic Computing and complete a
book on FLOSS.
9) Gayatri Chatterjee
Researching the Mehboob Papers
To research a previously unexplored body of archival material,
preserved in fourteen steel cupboards at the Mehboob studios in
Mumbai. This will help to throw light on the story of the early years
of Hindi cinema including foreign distribution, government decisions
and policies regarding foreign quota, ways of amassing finance from
various official and unofficial sources and the various situations
filmmakers in India faced in the decades after independence. The
papers will also allow for the
tracing of the history of a great studio.
10) Hari Roka
The Condition of Nepali Migrants in Delhi
To work out a detailed ethnography of Nepali migrant workers in Delhi.
It seeks to examine their everyday lives, their social networks and
cultural practices in the city, the kind of films they see, their
forms of political involvement (especially against the context of the
insurgency in Nepal) and the way they see Delhi and other people in Delhi.
11) Khadeeja Arif and Ambareen Al Qadar
Lives of Women in Zakir Nagar, Delhi.
To interrogate issues of clothing, gestures, habitation,
entertainment, physical movement and the very texture of the daily
lived experiences of the women as something that is intrinsically
linked to the peculiar formation of Zakir Nagar, Okhla, Delhi.
12) Kundan Kaushav
Upanyason Ka Shahar: The World of Hindi Popular Fictions, its Economy
& its Images
To examine the world of pulp literature in Hindi, especially centred
around Meerut and Delhi, as sites of production. It wants to look at
the network which is created around the production and distribution of
the 'pulp novel' - small printing set ups and stalls on footpaths and
railway stations, as well as examine the world views of both readers
and writers through interviews, and collections of fan material.
13) Kurnal Rawat and Vishal Rawlley
Typocity: Documentation and Interpretation of the Typographic forms in
Public Signage in Mumbai
To do a documentation and analysis of interesting and rare instances
of typography throughout the city of Bombay from the point of view of
graphic design, production techniques and social significance
including painted film posters, hand painted restaurant menu boards,
hand crafted shop signs and calligraphic taxi number plates.
14) Manju Singh (Hindi)
Pregnancy Wards se kahaniya (Narratives from Pregnancy Wards in Delhi)
To collect and illustrate narratives of pregnant women, their visitors
and the workers in public and private hospitals in Delhi.
15) Meenu Gaur
Camp People : The Refugees From Kashmir in Delhi
To look at the way in which Kashmiri refugees have become part of the
rhetorical arsenal of the Hindu right, even as their very real human
needs and deprivations are completely neglected, and the violence that
they have suffered is not addressed in any real sense. This project
will be a documentation of the everyday lives, struggles and
experiences of these refugees through recorded testimonies and
photographs. It will also be an interrogation of the ambivalent and
multiple meanings that the word 'home' conjures in the context of camp
life, and the memories that the refugees have of the 'home' that they
have left behind.
16) Nandini Chandra
The Child's Experience of the City in Hindi Cinema
To interrogate the narrative of the child in the city in Hindi Cinema,
which is used as narrative justification for much that goes on in the
course of a film. Interviews with famous child artists of the fifties
and sixties, especially Daisy Irani and Master Raju, will help explore
the performative trope of 'cuteness' that was mastered by them, and
how they saw their own status as glorified child workers within the
ambience of a bourgeoise cuteness that they had to affect. An
interesting list of 33 films will form the basis of this study.
17) Narender Thakur
Chowk : Study of the Daily Labour Market (Labour Chowk) in Delhi
To document the world of the daily wage worker who sells, or attempts,
to sell his labour in three sites of daily labour markets in North,
East and South Delhi. A questionnaire, which encompasses a range of
areas from communication networks within daily wage workers, to
expenditure decisions, links with the village and many other specific
inquiries, has been devised for detailed interviews.
18) Naresh Goswami (Hindi)
Yamuna Paar ke Saptahik Bazaar: Paridhi par jeevan
(The Weekly Markets of Trans-Yamuna: Life in the margins)
To take a close look at the weekly haats (markets) that are held in
different parts of the Trans-Yamuna area of Delhi on a particular day
of the week. The network that is involved in the creation and
dismantling of these markets will be explored through a mix of text,
sound, image and video by interacting with vendors, buyers and all
those who involved.
19) Naunidhi Kaur
Examination of everyday life in localities in Mumbai that were hit by
the 1992-93 riots
To explore how people in these locations view solidarity as well as
tensions of everyday existence in the family and neighbourhood
contexts, the cycles of festivals and ceremonies in public spaces and
the routines, stratagems and factional battles deployed in mass politics.
20) Navaneetha and Shefali
The Space Between: Women's Hostels as Urban Spaces
This study of women's hostels in Hyderabad wants to see the city
through the eyes of young women, students and professionals who live
in hostels, and also see how they reclaim the hostel as a common
21) Naveen Chander (Hindi)
Suniyojit Visthapan - Aniyojit Punarvas: Kaamgaron ka shahari mukam ke
(Planned Displacement - Unplanned Rehabilitation : Struggles of
Working People for Habitation in Delhi)
Continuation of last year's research project interrogating the
displacements and proposed rehabilitation of Metro workers in Delhi.
The project interrogates issues of public space, urbanisation, the
process of modernisation as effected by the Delhi Metro Project and
the dynamics of labour behaviour.
22) Navin Thomas
Street Musicians in Mumbai
To document the lives and music of itinerant street musicians in
Mumbai, and focus at the way in which they respond to the music
generated by the Hindi film industry. This will involve creating a
photographic profile of the spaces in which they perform together with
visual and audio portraits of them through still photos and sound
23) Prabhas Ranjan (with Sadan Jha)
Sheher Ke Nishan II
This proposal is for the renewal of Sheher Ke Nishan. This time, it
aims to concentrate on the 'production' of signs, through interviews
with sign painters, sticker designers, and also to observe the economy
of the circulation of signs. It will also be a continuation of the
process of observing found signs, now concentrating on sites like
trains and public toilets.
24) Rahaab Allana
Of Urban Localities & Bazaar(s) Photography
To investigate the practice, form and experience of photography
within Delhi Bazaars. This will help to build a serious body of work
examples of Bazaar Photography including interviews with
25) Raheema B & Namita
Shivaji Nagar Signs
To develop a series of strategies for public interventions in
Bangalore as a response to the communalization and parceling out of
public space, using storytelling, street installations, bioscopes,
sound recordings, graffiti, stickers and photography.
26) Rajaram Bhadu (Hindi)
Jaipur ki Kacchi Bastiyon ka Sanskritik Adhayan (A Cultural Study of
Slums in Jaipur)
To study the process of cultural transition in mixed communities of
Jaipur slums through memories and identities. It wants to go beyond
established parameters, by looking at cultural changes and lifestyles
of predominantly dalit bastis.
27) Rajivan S.A
Subsequent Hearing: A project using sounds from the urban landscape
The Project aims to record a set of sound events from the city space
and recompose these events through interplay between the sound
recording and subsequent hearing. The idea is to make the subsequent
hearing of the recording into a fictional space that allows an
indirect, and layered experience. This will thus create a soundscape
of a city by recording sound events through different media to give a
sense of a dispersed spatial dynamic.
28) Ravi Aggarwal and Anita Soni
Jan Dedenge, Ghar Nahin: Photographic documentation of the movement
against eviction by communities in the Bhatti Mines area of Delhi
To focus on the Oudh and Kumhar communities settled in the Asola
Bhatti Mines region of south-east Delhi, which is slated to become the
Asola Sanctuary and Reserve Forest. The body of photographic materials
will form an archive, and will be presented in court as evidence that
the communities are not encroachers who must be evicted for
environmental reasons in the course of a Public Interest Litigation.
29) Rumman Hameed
Old Delhi - An Exploration of Connected Spaces
To map the unique forms of communication and interaction that occur in
old Delhi between the vertical levels of the different floors and of
built forms, and the horizontal levels, between gallis and across
30) Sayantoni Datta
Amorphous - Kaleidoscope Images: Discovering lesbian sexualities in
the media in India
To look at the representation of women in popular culture, films,
tele-films, soaps and internet spaces through a Lesbian sensibility,
in order to claim a representative and interpretative agency for young
lesbians in India.
31) Shahid Datawalla
Photographic Documentation of Cinema Halls and Cinema Going
Subcultures in Delhi
To build a collection of photographic records and interpretations of
the exterior and interior ambiences of cinema halls in Delhi including
those that are closed, abandoned or transformed into markets or
32) Sharmila Rege
Speaking From the Margins and Across Cultures: Documenting and
translating the narratives of Dalit and Black Women
To translate key documents and texts of the Black Feminist movement in
the United States into Marathi, and to translate key Marathi texts of
Dalit Feminism into English.
33) Sougata Bhattacharya
A History of the Aurora Film Corporation, Calcutta (1908 - 2002)
To write a detailed history of one of the longest surviving film
distribution, exhibition and production equipment hiring companies in
the Bengali film industry, to detail the industrial and business
history of the company, especially its decision to diversify into
distribution, and not be caught in the trap of the star system. It
will examine the company's correspondence, its production, its major
films and all other associated activities in order to draw out what
is, without doubt, a major episode in the history of cinema in
34) Souvik Mukherjee and Riddhi Shankar Ray
Reading Books with Joysticks: Computer games and the history of
To examine the sub-culture around gaming and the playing of various
kinds of first person computer games as a variant of reading and
35) Subhajit Chatterjee
Romancing the Post Colonial City: Problematic of the desire to 'Settle
Down' in urban Bengal
To explore cinematic representations of public spaces in the city as
the sites of romantic encounters in popular Bengali cinema and
investigate the relationship with similar real-life encounters.
36) Vishwajyoti Ghosh
Once Upon a Time...' - Migration, Memories & Personal Mappings
A mixed media Graphic Novel in black & white combining family memoirs
and history about the resettlement of post partition refugees from
East Pakistan in CR Park in Delhi.
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