1. Programme Overview

engineers

27th March

10:00 am – 10:30 am

WELCOME ADDRESS

Ines Zupanov (CNRS, CEIAS)

10:30 am – 12:00 pm

INAUGURAL LECTURE

Peter Meiksins (Cleveland State University)

Constructing Engineers. How Comparative Analysis Can Enrich the Study of Indian Engineering.

 

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm: Lunch

1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

SESSION I: SHAPING A CORPS D’ETAT: COLONIAL AND POSTCOLONIAL PERSPECTIVES

Chair: Satish Deshpande (University of Delhi)

Discussion: Aparajith Ramnath (Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode)

Company Engineers: Water Infrastructures and the Making of a Colonial Profession

Debjani Bhattacharyya (Drexel University)

“To be sacrificed on the altar of political progress.” Indian and British Engineers in the Bombay Public Works Department (1860’s-1940’s): Analyzing Discriminations and the Policy of “Indianisation.”

Vanessa Caru (CNRS, IFP)

A Study on the Reservation Effects on State Engineers’ Careers: The Case of a Water Supply Service in Contemporary India.

Charles Gadea (Université Paris 10 Nanterre, IDHES)

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm: Tea Break

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

SESSION II: PUBLIC SERVICE ENGINEERS IN THE NEO-LIBERAL AREA: RECOMPOSITION AND RESILIENCE OF THE PROFESSION

Chair: Stéphanie Tawa Lama Rewal (CNRS, CEIAS)

Discussion: Karen Coelho (Madras Institute of Development Studies)

Public Civil Engineering : An Expertise from the Past? Ethnography of a Criticized Administration, The Uttar Pradesh Jal Nigam

Bérénice Girard (EHESS, CEIAS)

Colonial Modernity Shaping the Pipe Dream: A Teleological Imagination of Urban Water Supply

D.Parthasarathy, N.C.Narayanan & Gautam Ganapathy (Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai)

Railwaymen of Real Estate? Intimate Practices and Rationale for Changes within Railway Institutions in India. The Case of the Rail Land Development Authority and the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation.

Bérénice Bon (Darmstadt University of Technology)

 

28th March

9:00 am – 11:00 am

SESSION III: THE ROLE OF ENGINEERING PERSONNEL IN THE RISE OF NEW INDUSTRIAL SECTORS

Chair: Anne Julie Etter (Université de Cergy)

Discussion: Peter Meiksins (Cleveland State University)

Who’s in charge of the Howrah Bridge? Engineering Expertise and the Political Economy of Late-Colonial India 

Aparajith Ramnath (Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode)

State Policy, Technical Knowledge and Engineering Manpower: General Observations and A Study of Workforces in the Automotive Industry, c. 1943-2000

Stefan Tetzlaff (German Historical Institute London)

German Émigré Scientists and Engineers and Aeronautics in India

Jahnavi Phalkey (King’s College London)

 

11:00 am – 11:30 am: Tea Break

11:30 am – 1:00 pm

SESSION IV: SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC CONSEQUENCES OF ENGINEERING EDUCATION

Chair: Catherine Marry (CNRS, CMH)

Discussion: Irina Gouzevitch (EHESS)

Coaching the Masses, Creaming the Elites. The Educational Market at Kota (Rajasthan)

Roland Lardinois (CNRS, CEIAS)

Muslim Engineering Colleges in Bangalore: Negotiating Community Space and Profitability

Aminah Mohammad-Arif (CNRS, CEIAS)

 

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm: Lunch

2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

SESSION V: ENGINEERING THE LABOUR MARKET

Chair: Catherine Marry (CNRS, CMH)

Discussion: Carol Upadhya (National Institute of Advanced Studies)

Labour Market Integration and Careers Paths: The Case of IIT’s Alumni.

Odile Henry (Université Paris 8) & Mathieu Ferry (ENS Cachan)

Learning Gender Equity from India? Comparative Studies of the IT Sector in India and the UK

Parvati Raghuram, Clem Herman, Esther Ruiz-Ben & Gunjan Sondhi (Open University)

Imagined Technologists? The Evolution of the IT Engineer as an Occupational Category in India

Amit Prakash, Balaji Parthasarathy & Supriya Dey (Indian Institute of Information Technology Bangalore)

 

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm: Tea Break 

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

CONCLUDING REMARKS

Satish Deshpande (University of Delhi)