The third of a biennial lecture series to celebrate the legacy of Charles Correa, this lecture is delivered on 1st September, Correa’s 90th birth anniversary. The lecturer will be a person whose values and work exemplify the interest and issues that Charles Correa engaged with. It is our intention to use the Memorial Lecture to establish a biennial celebration of architecture in India to be held in Goa — the home of the Charles Correa Foundation. The 2020 Charles Correa Memorial Lecture will be delivered by Mirai Chatterjee.
The Charles Correa Memorial Lecture is supported by a friend, Dutta Damodar Naik, an entrepreneur, social activist, author and Sahitya Akademi award winner. He is based in Margao, Goa.
You and Your Neighbourhood
Swarnabh Ghosh is a Ph.D. student at Harvard University working at the intersection of critical urban theory, geography, environmental history, and science and technology studies. His current research focuses on the intertwined histories of irrigation infrastructure, agrarian development, and capitalist urbanization in South Asia. His broader interests concern the historical geographies of global capitalism and the political economy of urbanization from the nineteenth century to the present. Trained as an architect in India and the US, Swarnabh received his Master of Architecture from the Yale School of Architecture and a Master of Philosophy in Urban Studies from the University of Cambridge where he studied as a Yale Bass Scholar. Before coming to Harvard, he practiced in New York for several years with the interdisciplinary studio Diller Scofidio + Renfro where he was involved in projects spanning art, architecture, and landscape design.
- Notes on Rurality or the Theoretical Usefulness of the Not-Urban
- Other work of Swarnabh Ghosh
- ‘Extended urbanisation and the agrarian question: Convergences, divergences and openings’ co-authored with Ayan Meer
Mirai Chatterjee is the Director of the Social Security Team at the Self-Employed Women’s Association, (SEWA). She is responsible for SEWA’s Health Care, Child Care and Insurance programmes. She was a Founder and first Chairperson of the National Insurance VimoSEWA Cooperative Ltd and also of the Lok Swasthya Health Cooperative. In addition, she is Chairperson of the Gujarat State Women’s SEWA Cooperative Federation of 106 primary cooperatives with 300,000 members. She joined SEWA in 1984 and was its General Secretary after its Founder, Ela Bhatt.
Ms Chatterjee serves on the Boards of several organizations, including the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), Save the Children and PRADAN. She was an advisor to the National Commission for Enterprises in the Unorganized Sector and is in the Advisory Group on Community Action of the National Rural Health Mission. She was also a Commissioner in the World Health Organization’s Commission on the Social Determinants of Health. She was a member of the National Advisory Council (NAC), appointed by the Prime Minister of India in 2010. She has recently been appointed as the Chairperson of WIEGO, a global network of researchers, policy-makers and practitioners committed to the rights and well-being of informal women workers.
She was conferred the Global Achievement award by the School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University. Ms. Chatterjee has a B.A. from Harvard University in History and Science and a Masters from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Public Health, USA.
Ranjit Hoskote has been acclaimed as a seminal contributor to Indian art criticism and curatorial practice, and is also a leading Anglophone Indian poet. He is the author of more than 30 books, including Vanishing Acts: New & Selected Poems 1985-2005 (Penguin, 2006), Central Time (Penguin/ Viking, 2014), Jonahwhale (Penguin/ Hamish Hamilton, 2018), and The Atlas of Lost Beliefs (Arc, 2020).
Hoskote was the curator of India’s first-ever national pavilion at the Venice Biennale (2011). He co-curated the 7th Gwangju Biennale with Okwui Enwezor and Hyunjin Kim (2008). Among his curatorial projects are three transhistorical and trans-genre exhibitions developed for the Serendipity Arts Festival, Goa: Terra Cognita? (2016), Anti-Memoirs (2017), and The Sacred Everyday (2018). With Rahul Mehrotra and Kaiwan Mehta, Hoskote co-curated the exhibition-conference platforms The State of Architecture: Practices and Processes in India (National Gallery of Modern Art, Bombay, 2016) and State of Housing: Aspirations, Imaginaries and Realities (Max Mueller Bhavan, Bombay, 2018).
- Video clip of a lecture by Ranjit Hoskote at the FRAME conclave 2019 conference_ Titled(Charles Correa: Trajectories and Contexts) discussing the works and ideas of Charles Correa.
Books and other resources
- Place in the Shade