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India, A Place of Encounter

A series of podcasts exploring the critical role played by Indian cities in negotiating contact with the rest of the world.

Realise Podcast Series

Realise is a podcast series aimed at investigating major global challenges through the eyes of researchers in the arts and sciences. Listeners will learn about research projects that aim to improve our understanding of global cultures and common issues that face communities all over the world, such as health inequalities and life-enhancing technologies.

'India, A Place of Encounter'

This series of the Realise Podcast Series, 'India, A Place of Encounter', focuses on the work of University of Liverpool researchers and their role in the Envisioning the Indian City (ETIC) project, which is supported by the UK-India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI).

In the first podcast, the University of Liverpool's Professor Nandini Das, Dr Iain Jackson, Dr Ian Magedera and PhD student, Cleo Roberts, talk about their first encounters with India.

Professor Nandini Das

Nandini Das is Professor of English Literature at the University of Liverpool. She has written on a range of subjects from Renaissance prose fiction and rogue literature to the development of early eighteenth century Orientalism. As a Leverhulme Research Fellow, she is currently working on Common Places, a book on Renaissance travel and cultural memory.

In the second podcast of the series, Nandini talks about her research interests as part of the ETIC project, focussing on Goa.

Dr Iain Jackson

Dr Iain Jackson is Senior Lecturer, BA Director of Studies and architect at the Liverpool School of Architecture. He has recently completed a monograph on the architects Maxwell Fry and Jane Drew and has a broader interest in tropical and colonial architecture.

In the third podcast of the series, Iain talks about his research into architecture in Chandigarh.

Cleo Roberts

Cleo Roberts is a PhD student funded by the UK-India Education and Research Initiative. Her thesis looks at historical visual representations of the Ganges during the colonial period. She completed her BA at Durham University and MA at Goldsmiths.

In the fourth episode of the series, Cleo talks about her involvement in the ETIC project, focussing on her interest in the Ganges.

Dr Ian Magedera

Dr Ian Magedera is a lecturer in French in the University of Liverpool and specializes in French-language representations of India from a comparative perspective.  Before joining ETIC he was Principal Investigator on an UK Arts and Humanities Research Council funded project on the French presence in India which produced, among other outputs, an online bibliography.

In the final episode of the series, Ian talks about his experiences in Pondicherry.