Just a few things to keep in mind before you start rushing through the list:
- The projects are not to be restricted to the module the coordinator facilitates. You will be expected to draw from all the four modules in your work.
- The projects can include any presentation format but a certain amount of writing will be required of you.
- The projects are individual projects and not to be worked upon in a group. However the same topic can be taken up by different students and get approved by a coordinator.
- The projects (along with the short class assignments and your attendance) will be the basis of the grade you recieve /credits you earn for the course.
- Tutorials will be fixed for students to help them work on their projects. The details can be worked out in the course of the course.
And now for the list:
- Narratives of the City: A socio-cultural history of roads/spaces/monuments. Will involve certain archival work to look at the history of the urban space that you identify and also look at the different activities that revolve around it.
- Occupations: By occupations we do not mean the economic professions but are interested in the legal/illegal occupation of public spaces that are a characteristic of any city. Drawing upon the Alternative Law Forum's (ALF) observation that 60% of the public space in Indian cities is illegally occupied, dosumentation of these spaces along with an inquiry into the lifestyles they sustain, might be of interest.
- Reading Rebellion: For too long, cities have always been looked upon as temples of an oppressive economy. Urban cultures are read as fostering a certain 'dark' side within the city and spaces of global consumerism - malls, multiplexes, big roads etc. are considered with suspicion. However, it is possible to read signs of rebellion in these spaces to see the underpinnings of cultural economy.
- Technology and representations of city: Looking at representations and notions of city in popular new media and technology. Fm Channels, TV consumption patterns, cinema, cyberspace or even looking at certain spaces within the cities that are crafted and coined by technology.
- Cities in Crises: A special interest would be to look at representations of the cities in times of communal violence and terrorism. Post Godhra and 9/11, there is a certain way in which cities are being read. Look at the transformation of the concept of a city when it hits a crisis zone.
- Fantasy, Fiction and consumption: Fantasy is not just something that the Romantic poets talked about. Fantasy is now invariably linked with the ideas of consumption and fictions. Fantasy is for sale. Look at spaces within the cities that sell Fantasy and also look at different patterns of who, why, where and how of it.
- The city at large: What are the representations of itself that the city puts forward? look at the billboards, posters, advertisements within city spaces to understand how the city defines itself through visual/linguistic representations of different kind. what are the spaces that the city identifies as legitimiate and foregrounds them in defining itself.
- The City and the beauty: The construction of beauty happens in many different spaces. Identifying and exploring spaces that help in the fashioning of identities and looking specifically at the notions of identity and beauty.
and thats all folks...:)