Maddipati's "Subordinate Spatialities: Historicizing Housing, Language and Identity in Wagdara: A Kolam Village in Gandhi's Wardha, India," explores the manner in which the Kolams, a tribal community based in the west village of Wagdara, subordinated their own spatial imaginings to the spaces of a reproduced, low-cost house designed in 1980 by the Gandhian Centre of Science for Villages (CSV). The study briefly delves into the history of Gandhi's arrival and stay in Wardha in the 1930s, and the evolution of the CSV houses in the region in the 1980s.
Venugopal Maddipati is the Nehru Memorial Fellow at the Nehru Memorial Library in Delhi. He completed his dissertation, "Selfsame Spaces: Gandhi, Architecture and Allusions in Twentieth Century India," and received a Ph.D. in 2011 from the Department of Art History at the University of Minnesota.
This lecture is sponsored by the UIC School of Art & Art History, the Asian Studies Program, and the Asian American Studies Program.