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Speakers

Visiting Professor, National Institute of Advanced Studies
Urbanist, Centre for Urban Policy and Governance, Tata Institute of Social Sciences
Edgar T. Thompson Professor of Public Policy and Political Science, Duke University
Senior Lecturer in Development Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies, London
Ramakrishna Hegde Chair Professor of Decentralization and Development, Institute for Social and Economic Change
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Date & Time

Tuesday Tue, 21 Sep 2021

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Location (for BIC Venue, BIC Hybrid and BIC Cafe)

Bangalore International Centre
7, 4th Main Road, Domlur II Stage
Bengaluru, Karnataka 560 071 India
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+91 98865 99675 bic@bangaloreinternationalcentre.org

Global cities are epicentres of rapid advances in technology and trade, wealth and power,
upwardly mobile professional classes keyed into global concepts of living and luxury. This
21st century glitter is often shadowed by the stubbornness of poverty in cities, which
continues to keep alive discussions on making growth equitable.

This discussion based on Supriya RoyChowdhury’s new book City of Shadows: Slums and Informal Work in Bangalore which presents research on what happens to the poor in an economically vibrant and rapidly growing city like Bangalore? Is it a question of time and individual effort before they shift out of poverty, or are there deeply structural features, relating to political economy and policy, that bind the slum communities and working classes to a tough future? How do we think of democracy and the political agency of the poor in this context?

Speakers

Supriya RoyChowdhury

Visiting Professor, National Institute of Advanced Studies
Supriya RoyChowdhury was educated at Presidency College, Kolkata, and Princeton University. She is currently based at the National Institute of Advanced Studies, where she is Visiting Professor in the Urban and Mobility Studies Program. Earlier she taught at the ISEC, Bangalore, IIM Ahmedabad, and worked as Deputy Editor, The Hindu. She has published extensively on labour in the formal and informal sectors, global supply chains, changing forms of labour activism in the era of globalization, theorizing class, urban poverty, slums, and migration. Currently she is working on climate migration in the Sundarbans in West Bengal.

Lalitha Kamat

Urbanist, Centre for Urban Policy and Governance, Tata Institute of Social Sciences

Trained as an urban planner, Lalitha is an urbanist whose research interests focus on urbanization, local governance and planning, urban infrastructure, informality and public participation. She is particularly interested in learning from and theorizing everyday urbanisms and contributing to academic and practitioner networks within India and the Global South. Lalitha is with the Centre for Urban Policy and Governance, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.

Anirudh Krishna

Edgar T. Thompson Professor of Public Policy and Political Science, Duke University

Anirudh Krishna (PhD in Government, Cornell University, 2000; Masters in Economics, Delhi University, 1980) is the Edgar T. Thompson Professor of Public Policy and Political Science at Duke University. His research investigates how poor communities and individuals in developing countries cope with the structural and personal constraints that result in poverty and powerlessness. His most recent book, The Broken Staircase: The Paradox and the Potential of India’s One-Billion (Cambridge University Press and Penguin Random House India), won the A. K. Coomaraswamy Award of the Association for Asian Studies. Krishna has authored or co-authored five other books, including the noticed, One Illness Away: Why People Become Poor and How they Escape Poverty (Oxford University Press, 2010), and more than seventy other journal articles and book chapters. He received an honorary doctorate from Uppsala University, Sweden in 2011 and several academic awards. Before returning to academia, Krishna spent 14 years with the Indian Administrative Service, managing diverse rural and urban development initiatives.

Alessandra Mezzadri

Senior Lecturer in Development Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies, London

Alessandra Mezzadri is a feminist political economist based at SOAS, London, where she is Senior Lecturer in Development Studies. Her research interests focus on global commodity chains and labour regimes; the global garment industry; labour standards, CSR, Modern Slavery and ethical consumerism; feminisms in development and social reproduction approaches; India’s political economy; and Marxian methods for field-based research. She is the author of The Sweatshop Regime: Labouring Bodies, Exploitation and Garments ‘Made in India’ (Cambridge University Press, 2017, 2020). She is the editor of Marx in the Field.

Chandan Gowda

Ramakrishna Hegde Chair Professor of Decentralization and Development, Institute for Social and Economic Change
Chandan Gowda is Ramakrishna Hegde Chair Professor of Decentralization and Development at the Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bengaluru. His areas of research include  Indian political thought and modern Kannada literature and cinema. Besides academic publications, he has translated Kannada fiction and non-fiction into English. He has compiled and edited The Way I See It: A Gauri Lankesh Reader and  A Life in the World, a book of autobiographical interviews he did with UR Ananthamurthy. At present, he is completing a book on the cultural politics of development in the old Mysore and co-translating and editing Daredevil Mustafa, a book of short stories by the Kannada writer, Purnachandra Tejasvi. He is also a columnist with Deccan Herald