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.