Experts probe Mumbais history

The history of India’s richest city, Mumbai, has been explored at an international conference co-convened by the University of Leicester.

Dr Prashant Kidambi and Professor Martin Halliwell joined colleagues from around the world for the event: Power, Public Culture and Identity: Towards New Histories of Mumbai.

The conference was hosted by the Department of History, University of Mumbai and supported by the University of Leicester and SOAS, University of London. The convenors were Manjiri Kamat (Mumbai), Prashant Kidambi (Leicester) and Rachel Dwyer (SOAS).

The event celebrated distinguished Australian scholar Jim Masselos’ contribution to South Asian urban history. 

Professor Kidambi, who also presented at the event, said: “It is only fitting that a conference dedicated to Masselos should take place in Mumbai. The city has been his archive and the principal focus of his historical scholarship ever since he embarked on his research career five decades ago.”

The conference explored themes arising from academic research on Mumbai with papers being presented on the urban built environment, power and politics, public culture, collective identity, crowds and popular culture and the rhythms of everyday life.

Dr Kidambi’s own research on the Parsee Cricket Club and its central place in the making of cricket history in Mumbai was presented.  You can read more here.

An article by Dr Kidambi on the conference can be found here.

The brochure for the event can be viewed here.

Articles about the event can be viewed here: