Mellon Forum // Bishwapriya Sanyal and Harini Kumar

Spaces of Belonging // Fall 2023 Mellon Forum on the Urban Environment


Three Propositions on the Relationship between Spatial Settings and Emotional Attachments


With Bishwapriya Sanyal, MIT, and Harini Kumar, M.S. Chadha Center for Global India


October 25 at 12pm / School of Architecture and Zoom


Even though the term "belonging" evokes a positive attribute of a spatial setting, the relationship between spatial settings and emotional attachments is not as straightforward as it seems at first hearing. Drawing on studies of rural to urban migration and the formation of informal human settlements in cities in newly industrializing nations, this exploratory talk will deliberate three questions: (1) What  creates a sense of spatial belonging for new migrants (2) How does such attachment  evolve over time, and (3) Can belonging be exclusionary and be exploited by political leaders? 


This is a hybrid event. Attend in person at the School of Architecture, or register for the zoom webinar:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

The Fall 2023 Mellon Forum on the Urban Environment is kindly sponsored by the Mellon Foundation and the Princeton University Humanities Council, Program in Latin American Studies, Center for Collaborative History, Departments of Art & Archaeology and English, HMEI, PIIRS, SPIA, and the School of Architecture.

Mellon Forum events are free and open to the public. Lunch is available while supplies last.