BangaDyn: Transforming city landscapes: Human-cattle relationships and the making of urban societies

The aim of the project is to identify the specifics of human-cattle relationships and its transformations in the aftermath of the 1947 formation of the Indian state. Human-animal relations and human cattle relations in particular played a significant part in defining matters of social belonging, economic growth and urban-rural divergences in the history of modern India. After the formation of the Indian state in 1947, discussions on human-cattle relationships already active under British colonial rule, were taken up, yet adapted including, with a view of the radical growth of urbanization taking place.
Chronicles of Bangalore city portray cattle together with an agro pastoral way of life, that is receding into the past in an urbanizing Karnātakā. This project looks at transformations in both discursive frameworks as well as material, bodily encounters between humans and animals. It chalks out a human-animal history based on archival research that includes perspectives of gender and post-colonial history with a focus on social structures, rural/urban interfaces and legal statutes. It also draws upon oral history interviews including perspectives of human-animal studies such as animal biography and multi-species ethnography.