Learning from the Utopian City : Chandigarh


International workshop on ’Learning from the Utopian City’ was held at IISER Mohali from February 28th and 29th, 2016. The workshop brought together Indian and international academics, policy makers, bureaucrats, urban activists and NGOs on the same platform to deliberate upon the contested histories and imagined futures for the city of Chandigarh. Ideas of Chandigarh as a ’heritage city’ and as ’a smart city’ were examined. The workshop was part of a larger series of workshops conducted in India (at Varanasi, Navi Mumbai and Nashik) and a conference at the University of Leeds, UK. They were part of a project on Utopian Cities funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), UK and Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR). Dr. Anu Sabhlok is the India PI for this project and Dr. Ayona Datta (University of Leeds) is the UK PI.

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