SOAS University of London

Centre for Water and Development

Water and Work in the Mughal Landscape

James Wescoat (MIT)

Date: 24 October 2011Time: 5:30 PM

Finishes: 24 October 2011Time: 7:30 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: 116

Type of Event: Seminar

This paper explores the theme of “work” in the waterscapes of Mughal I ndia -- from the scale of fountains to wells, canals, and river systems. The study originated from questions about the social history and political economy of Mughal gardens – Who constructed and operated their water works? How did they work? And what types of work did the water do? I begin to address these questions through a combination of Mughal paintings, tex ts, and landscape analysis.