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Arindam Dutta "Storm Clouds of the Nineteenth Century: Weather, Capital, Architecture"

November 7, 2008 at 9:30 am - 11:00 am

Professor Dutta’s talk looks at the new sciences of “complexity” in the institutional discourse of mid-nineteenth century British Empire. The description of the weather as a positive entity composed of heterogeneous mixtures, Dutta claims, can be compared to other discursive spheres of the same period, for instance the market as well as architecture. Through three “mascots,”—John Ruskin, the marginalist economist William Stanley Jevons, and the biologist-turned-planner Patrick Geddes—Dutta looks at the manner in which power and agency in this period acquire a dispersed, heterogeneous, globalizing orientation.


November 7, 2008
9:30 am - 11:00 am