NIAS Workshop: Bangalore’s ’Great Transformation’: Land, Ecologies, Economies, Communities

Workshop on Bangalore’s ’Great Transformation’: Land, Ecologies, Economies, Communities

National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS)

Indian Institute of Science Campus, Bangalore

​Date: June 24 & 25, 2016


​O​ver the last ​few decades, Bengaluru has undergone not only a rapid spatial and demographic expansion, but also far-reaching social, economic, and environmental changes. While substantial research has been carried out on Bangalore’s urban predicament from diverse perspectives, there has been little attempt to engage these different strands of work in a common conversation. Our goal in holding this workshop is to bring together academics, urban practitioners, and activists to share their research findings and insights, and also to consider future collaborative work, on: questions of land use and conversion, displacement and compensation; informal labour, job creation/destruction; real estate development and financial speculation; ecological change and environmental destruction; displacement and migration from the rural peripheries; and the highly varied livelihoods and changing local economies that have emerged from this grand urban experiment. We see these seemingly disparate topics as interrelated and best understood through an interdisciplinary and collaborative approach, and as brought together by our overarching focus on understanding and addressing Bangalore’s rapid urban (and rural) transformations. 

We invite papers and presentations on any of these or related themes. The workshop will include sessions in which researchers and activists will present their recent research or accounts of interventions in urban issues, and plenary sessions in which we will collectively synthesize the contributions and discuss ways to design future collaborative work that brings together multiple disciplinary and thematic perspectives. 

If you are interested in participating in this workshop, please write to us at: ​by ​30​ th April 2016​

If you would like to give a paper or presentation, please include your tentative title and abstract.  We will select papers / presentations that best fit the theme of the workshop, and which include fresh empirical data and/or analytical insights that advance how we think about ongoing urban transformations.

Local participants who are presenting papers will be provided with transportation. Accommodation and hospitality for out-station participants will be provided, and limited funds are available to cover travel costs.

Friday, June 24, 2016 to Saturday, June 25, 2016