The City as Action: Retheorizing Urban Studies

With Professor Narendar Pani, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore
Oct 5, 2022, 12:00 pm1:30 pm
Friend Center Convocation Room


Event Description

Dr. Pani will discuss his new book, The City as Action: Retheorizing Urban Studies, that presents an innovative theoretical contribution to the field of urban studies, bridging the gap between western centric scholarship and perspectives from the global South. It combines notions of cities as organisms, and references to postcolonial urban studies, with insights around aspirations, capabilities, agency, and social identity that help explain the experience of a city.

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Lunch will begin at 12pm (registration required). Presentation begins at 12:30pm.

Dr. Narendar Pani is a professor at the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bengaluru, India, where he is also the Dean of the School of Social Sciences, and heads the Inequality and Human Development Program. After a PhD in economics, he moved into transdisciplinary research which allowed him to explore diverse, but interconnected, aspects of the Indian reality. His work over the last four decades has thus ranged from agrarian reform to urban processes, confronting challenges of method along the way. His books include Inclusive Economics: Gandhian Method and Contemporary Policy (2002) and The City as Action: Retheorizing Urban Studies (2022).

This event is co-sponsored by the Metropolis Project, the M.S. Chadha Center for Global India, and the Princeton Mellon Initiative.