Visions of Development: Book Discussion

A book discussion on Visions of Development: Films Division of India and the Imagination of Progress, 1948-75, authored by Peter Sutoris was held on 19 September 2016 at CSDS. The discussant was Veena Hariharan and it was chaired by Ravi Vasudevan.

The book examines the Indian state's postcolonial development ideology between Independence in 1947 and the Emergency of 1975-77. It pioneers a novel methodology for the study of development thought and its cinematic representations by analysing films made by the Films Division of India between 1948 and 1975. By comparing these documentaries to late-colonial films on 'progress', it highlights continuities with and departures from colonial notions of development in modern India.

Peter Sutoris is PhD candidate and Gates Scholar at the Education Faculty of Cambridge University.

Veena Hariharan is Associate Professor of Cinema Studies at School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

Ravi Vasudevan is Professor at Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi.

Monday, 19 September 2016
5 pm, CSDS Seminar Room