The Ph.D. Program in History

at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York

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Prof. Veena Talwar Oldenburg at Columbia University’s South Asia Institute

“The Audacity of Gurgaon: From Mythic Village to Millennium City”

A talk by Veena Talwar Oldenburg

SOUTH ASIA INSTITUTE  at Columbia University

Monday, February 4, 2019

Time:  4:15-5:45pm

Location:   Knox Hall, Room 208

Map and directions to Morningside Campus:


Veena Talwar Oldenburg is a Professor Emerita of History at Baruch College and the CUNY Graduate Center.  She earned her Ph. D. in History from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and has taught at Columbia University and Sarah Lawrence College.  She has been the recipient of senior research fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, American Institute of Indian Studies, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, and the American Philosophical Society for Useful Knowledge.


Among her publications is her work on British colonial urbanization, The Making of Colonial Lucknow, 1856-77 (1984, 1990);  Dowry Murder: The Imperial Origins of a Cultural Crime (2001), which combines her interest in colonial history, anthropology, and the politics of gender; and an edited volume,  Shaam e Avadh: Writings on Lucknow (2007).  She is perhaps best known for her article  on the courtesans of Lucknow..”Lifestyle as Resistance: The Case of the Courtesans of Lucknow,” first published in 1990 and reprinted in anthologies and scholarly journals.  Her most recent publication is Gurgaon: From Mythic Village to Millennium City (2018).

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