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Warnock Lecture Series: Swati Chattopadhyay (University of California, Santa Barbara)

Ceiling of the pandal of Tridhara Sammilani, Kolkata, India. Gauranga Kuila, Designer (2017). image / Swati Chattopadhyay
5 PM-6:30 PM

Event Details

Date & Time:

Wed October 6, 2021
5 PM-6:30 PM


The Block Museum of Art
40 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL 60208


Open to the public


Mapping the Ephemeral: Decolonizing Durational Imagination

This lecture is an invitation to reimagine the norms of durational imagination in architecture and urbanism. In our comfort with the long arc of architecture and urban history, we have ignored the potential of small duration as a tool for decolonizing history. Based on a study of seasonally built temporary structures, this presentation demonstrates the connection between small duration and small spaces as a vital element to reimagine community life.

Presented by the Department of Art History at Northwestern University.


Swati Chattopadhyay

chattopadhyay2015_pic.jpgSwati Chattopadhyay is an architect and architectural historian specializing in modern architecture and urbanism, and the cultural landscape of the British empire. Her awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, three fellowships from the American Institute of Indian Studies, a J. Paul Getty Fellowship, a National Science Foundation Grant, a Fellowship from the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study, a Distinguished Visiting Fellowship from Queen Mary, University of London, a Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities Fellowship, University of London, and the Society of Architectural Historian's Founder's Award. She is a Founding Editor of PLATFORM, and has served as a director of the Subaltern-Popular Workshop, a University of California Multi-campus Research Group, and as the editor of the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians (JSAH). She is the author of Representing Calcutta: Modernity, Nationalism, and the Colonial Uncanny (Routledge, 2005; paperback 2006), and Unlearning the City: Infrastructure in a New Optical Field (Minnesota, 2012). She has co-edited two books with Jeremy White: City Halls and Civic Materialism: Towards a Global History of Urban Public Space (Routledge, 2014) and Critical Approaches to Contemporary Architecture (Taylor and Francis, 2019). In 2018 she was named as a Fellow of the Society of Architectural Historians for a lifetime of significant contributions to the field.

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