#TLGAG (The Local Global And Glocal, July 08, 2017):
Does the Indonesian (?) in you love idlis? Are we all (universal) human beings? But, does society narrow our experience of the world? Must we then be spatiotemporally-bound? But, do universal ideas also come from situatedness? Is local, however, also always hybrid? How is a universal regionalized in architecture or literature? What is decidedly local – a consciousness? Does local see itself as hybrid? Is the self-image of your community locally constructed? Does connected mean homogenized? Can the local be fully evacuated? What is your style of experiencing the world? How can you experience darshana? Does being attuned to the local memories potentially make the new more recognizable? How do we resolve disputes? Does Sartre have a Kannada version? Do we need history to live in the world? Is the eye always more patient with an alien image than the ear is with an alien sound? Are buildings a part of the linguistic culture? Can buildings then be thought of a la language? Are buildings always glocal? How can a city be conceived? Is globalization generic? Is the future less generic? How will we produce ourselves? Would Being continue shifting…? SynTalk thinks about these & more questions using concepts from sociology & Kannada literature (Prof. Chandan Gowda, Azim Premji University, Bangalore), & architecture (Prof. Vikramāditya Prakāsh, University of Washington, Seattle).
SynTalk is pleased and privileged to have hosted the following SynTalkrs (in alphabetical order) on its #TLGAG show.
Prof. Chandan Gowda (sociology) is Professor of Sociology in the School of Development at Azim Premji University, Bangalore. His areas of research include Indian intellectual history, modern Kannada literature and cinema, social theory, cultural sociology, & history of development thought. Prof. Gowda received B.A. in Social Science from St. Joseph’s College, Bangalore, & M.A. (Sociology) from University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad. He then obtained his Ph.D. (Sociology) from University of Pittsburgh, USA. The title of his thesis was ‘Development, Elite Agency and the Politics of Recognition in Mysore State, 1881-1947’. Prof. Gowda has delivered several invited lectures and received fellowships (including from the Watson Institute, Brown University, USA). He has also published extensively in academic publications (Economic and Political Weekly (EPW), Handbook of International Relations, & Seminar) and the popular press (Bangalore Mirror, Outlook, The Mint Lounge, & The Hindu). Besides academic publications, he has translated Kannada fiction and non-fiction into English. He recently translated U. R. Ananthamurthy’s novella, ‘Bara’ (Oxford University Press, 2016) and edited ‘The Post Office of Abachooru’, a book of short stories of K. P. Purnachandra Tejasvi (forthcoming, HarperCollins, 2018). ‘A Life in the World’, a book of autobiographical interviews with U. R. Ananthamurthy will be published later this year (HarperCollins, 2017). He has also directed ‘Sahitya Sahavasa’ (In the Company of Literature), a series of video lectures of U. R. Ananthamurthy on modern Kannada writers, which was telecast on Doordarshan in 2014. He has also edited ‘Theatres of Democracy: Selected Essays of Shiv Visvanathan’ (HarperCollins, 2016). He is presently completing a book on the cultural politics of development in old Mysore State.
Prof. Vikramāditya Prakāsh (architecture, history) is an architect, an architectural historian and theorist. He currently is the Professor of Architecture, University of Washington, Director of the Chandigarh Urban Lab, and founding board member of GAHTC – the Global Architectural History Teaching Collaborative. He is also the co-PI (with Mark M. Jarzombek, MIT) of a US$2.5 million Mellon Foundation Grant to develop the teaching of global history in the academy. Prof. Prakash has also served as Chair, Department of Architecture (2002-2007) & as the Associate Dean for External Affairs, College of Arch & Urban Planning (2001-2002), University of Washington. His research interests are issues of modernism, post-coloniality, global history, urban theory, and fashion & architecture. Prof. Prakash completed his B.Arch. in Architecture from Chandigarh College of Architecture, Punjab University, Chandigarh. He then obtained his M.A. & Ph.D. in History of Architecture & Urban Development, from Cornell University, USA. His books include ‘Chandigarh’s Le Corbusier: The Struggle for Modernity in Postcolonial India, A Global History of Architecture’ (with Francis DK Ching & Mark Jarzombek), ‘Colonial Modernities: Building, Dwelling and Architecture in British India and Ceylon’ (with Peter Scriver, co-eds), & ‘The Architecture of Shivdatt Sharma and Chandigarh: An Architectural Guide. A Global History’ (this book is widely used as a text book, & is being translated into five languages). He is currently writing his next book, titled, ‘Deruralization: The Modernist City in the Age of Globalization’ (Routledge, 2017). Prof. Prakash grew up in Chandigarh & now lives in Seattle with his wife and three children. He loves poetry, and is a modern dance and theater enthusiast. Fashion and architecture, or Body-Architecture, is his newest passion, a transdisciplinary reimagining of the architecture of design thinking.
Note: Any & all errors in the brief profiles above are SynTalk’s own.
#TLGAG mentions: G. W. F. Hegel, Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, Karl Marx, Leo Tolstoy, Mahatma Gandhi, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Le Corbusier, Jawaharlal Nehru, Raja Rao, Kuvempu, Benedict Anderson, Ashis Nandy, & Immanuel Wallerstein, among others.