Jahazpur Passages: Thinking Through a Rajasthan Market Town
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 4:00pm
A talk by professor Ann Gold
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Rubenstein 349, Breedlove Conference Room
Jahazpur is a small town or qasba in the North Indian state of Rajasthan. With a diverse population of more than 20,000 people, and roots deep in history and legend, Jahazpur has long been a regional hub for trade. It also serves today as a subdistrict headquarters and provides government and medical services unavailable in villages. Until sometime in the mid-twentieth century the town's stone walls were intact and its several gates locked between dusk and dawn. Based on ten months of fieldwork, Gold's recently published book, Shiptown: Between Rural and Urban North India (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017) offers an integrated series of ethnographic sketches depicting the distinctive nature of Jahazpur as a non-urban, non-rural place. Gold enters Jahazpur (translated as "Shiptown") through five gates and a window – approaches that are both literal and metaphoric. This presentation retrospectively considers ways of encountering a complex locality through varied lenses and fieldwork methods.
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