Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences - Institute of Asian and African Studies

21.06.: 12th Humboldt India Project (HIP) Lecture

  • When Jun 21, 2019 from 06:00 to 08:00
  • Where Department of South Asia Studies, Institute of Asian and African Studies, Invalidenstr. 118, Room: 217
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12th Humboldt India Project (HIP) Lecture
Dear Colleagues and Friends,
the Department of South Asia Studies, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin cordially invites you to the 12th Humboldt India Project Lecture:
We are pleased to announce that Professor SAROVER ZAIDI will be giving the lecture on June 21, 2019.
So, do join us and spread the word!
Friday, 21st of June, 18:00 – 20:00 hrs.
Department of South Asia Studies
Institute of Asian and African Studies
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Invalidenstr. 118, Room: 217



Horizons are affective artifacts, constantly framed through the practices of built form, but also situated on the existential sensibilities of society & human life. Appearing as views, bypasses, persistence, or imaginations; the horizon folds through the ontic, the political, the every-day and the virtual. This paper explores some locations of the architecture of these horizons, the multiple nodes in which the creation, contestation and bypassing of horizons occur in the so-called 'native town' of Bombay. My fieldwork, undertaken in the Muslim Mohallas located here, explores how the construction of a 'flyover' provided new political and bureaucratic horizons to an already stigmatised area of the city. I ethnographically explore this horizon, through forms of by-passing, contestation and surveillance.


SAROVER ZAIDI is Assistant Professor at the Jindal School of Art and Architecture, Sonipat, India. She studied philosophy at St. Stephen's College, Delhi and sociology and social anthropology at the Delhi School of Economics. Her research at the Max Planck Institute Germany has focused on religious architecture, everyday life, and urban space in Bombay. Zaidi co-runs a site on urbanisms called CHIRAG DILLI ( She has previously taught at the School of Planning and Architecture and Ambedkar University, Delhi.


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