SARC Event: Writing Capital

Convener: Maryam Aslany

Speakers: Rana Dasgupta; Rana Mitter

Rana Dasgupta's Capital (2014) examines the stupendous forces shaping the city of Delhi in the wake of 1990s economic liberalisation - in order to offer a portrait of twenty-first-century global capitalism. Dasgupta will speak about the literary challenges of writing about the Asian megalopolis, Delhi's particular model of capital accumulation, and the attendant changes in social life: class, caste, family, gender, religion and migration. He will be in conversation with Rana Mitter, Professor of the History and Politics of Modern China at St Cross College, Oxford, who will also speak about the equivalent transformations in China. This conversation will be of interest to a wide range of scholars. Open to all.