Friendship as Fraternity: Modern Bengal and the cultural discourse of "Adda"


Mar. 6, 2019, 7:30pm to 9pm

Office/Remote Location

Room 135
photograph of Nabamita Das


The College of Liberal Arts’ University Forum Lecture Series presents “Friendship as Fraternity: Modern Bengal and the cultural discourse of "Adda",” a talk by Nabamita Das, Assistant Professor, Presidency University, India.

Through the cultural discourse of adda, this talk will focus on the ways in which adda builds on an idea of fraternity, the foundation upon which the modern republic is constructed. Male homosocial spaces are, however, fraught with a productive contradiction that simultaneously engenders desire and hostility. Despite adda’s historically gender, class and caste bias, adda’s perceived gradual disappearance from the urban life of the city of Kolkata, has created cross-generational nostalgia. The talk will reflect upon the real and imagined ideas of home, family, community, neighborhood and nation that rest on this everyday performance of friendship and fraternity.

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This event is free and open to the public.

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External Sponsor

Sponsored by College of Liberal Arts – Dean’s Office, Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art,  and co-sponsored by the Departments of Anthropology, Sociology, Psychology, and Interdisciplinary, Gender, and Ethnic Studies.