NIAS Public Lecture (City at its Limits series): "City of waters: On leaks, sewage and the uncertain sea" by Dr. Nikhil Anand, Lecture Hall, NIAS, 1600hrs




National Institute of Advanced Studies

Urban and Mobility Studies Programme 


Invites you to a Public Lecture Series entitled

City at its Limits


The lecture will be delivered by


 Dr. Nikhil Anand

Assistant Professor, Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania




 City of waters: On leaks, sewage and the uncertain sea


Chairperson: Prof. Carol Upadhya, NIAS


Date:               Thursday, 20th December 2018

Time:               4:00 PM (Coffee/Tea at 3.30 PM)

Venue:             Lecture Hall, NIAS


Abstract:   From the time water tentatively enters residents’ taps, to the time it enters the sea from the city’s drains, Mumbai is a city of waters. In this talk I attend to the different waters that make the city of Mumbai. How might an attention to waters in the plural generate a new set of idioms and metaphors to learn about cities?  What might cities be and become if we don’t privilege the fixity of their territories, while, at the same time resist the fetishes of flow? Drawing on my recently published book, Hydraulic City, and a new project on Mumbai’s seas, in this talk I examine how waters provide new ways of thinking about uncertainty and our urban future.


About the Speaker: Nikhil Anand is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania. His research focuses on the political ecology of cities, read through the different lives of water.  His first book, Hydraulic City examines the everyday ways in which cities and citizens are made through the everyday management of water pipes in Mumbai. The book received the Best Book in Urban Affairs award from the Urban Affairs Association, and Honorable Mentions for book awards administered by the Association of Political and Legal Anthropology Book Award, and Culture and Political Ecology subsection of the AAG. Articles based on this research have also been published in Antipode, Cultural Anthropology, Ethnography and Public Culture. With Hannah Appel and Akhil Gupta, Dr. Anand has also co-edited The Promise of Infrastructure (Duke, 2018).  His new research focuses on the ways in which urban rivers and seas are key sites for the making and management of difference in India and the United States. Dr. Anand has a Masters in Environmental Science from Yale University and a PhD in Anthropology from Stanford University.


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All are cordially invited



For further information, please contact. Dr. Hemangini Gupta <>

Thursday, December 20, 2018