Survival Infrastructures under COVID19 in India

This is the fourth podcast in the UCL Institute of Advanced Studies series ‘Life in the Time of Coronavirus’ in which specialists from arts, humanities and social sciences, think about the questions that the virus poses to our ways of life, of being and self understanding, both now and in the past. In this contribution Ayona Datta, Professor of Human Geography, thinks about survival infrastructures, and their collapse or dysfunctionality in the context of the mass exodus and precarity of migrant workers, forced to forsake the city because of India’s lockdown.

Indian women from the outskirts of Delhi are taking selfies to claim their right to the city

Selfies document women’s struggles and accomplishments, as they step out from their traditional roles in the home, into the male-dominated public realm of the city. Read 'Gendering the Smart City' #GSCProject Principal Investigator Dr. Ayona Datta's article on our findings from our WhatsApp diaries and 'Khadar Ki Ladkiyan [Khadar Girls]' music video initiatives in The Conversation.

Photo Essay on Madanpur Khadar JJ Colony

Explore the photo essay by photographer Rohit Madan featured in our 'Gendering the Smart City' #GSCProject exhibition entitled 'Art in Public Places - #AanaJaana: Curating Women's Digital Stories of the City' taking place at Mandi House metro station, New Delhi, India from 1st to 31st January 2019.

Filming ‘Khadar Ki Ladkiyan’ [Khadar Girls]

Read about our new 'Gendering the Smart City' #GSCProject initiative producing 'Khadar Ki Ladkiyan [Khadar Girls]', a song and music video exploring young women's stories of urban mobility and safety co-produced with women participants from Delhi's urban peripheries in this blog by Nandan Latwal, Film director and editor.

Delhi Workshop: Gendering the Smart Safe City

Find out more about our first 'Gendering the Smart City' #GSCProject workshop entitled 'Gendering the Smart Safe City: Curating Digital Lives for a Feminist Urban Future' which took place at the India International Centre, New Delhi, India on 13th December 2018.

Curating the Gendered City with WhatsApp

Read about our new 'Gendering the Smart City' #GSCProject activity producing WhatsApp diaries of young women's digital stories of mobility in India by Project Research Assistant Arya Thomas.

‘Fast Urbanism: Speed and Time at the Margins of the Indian City’ Keynote #CIG50 #CIG18Maynooth

Find out more about 'Gendering the Smart City' #GSCProject Principal Investigator Dr. Ayona Datta's keynote at the 50th Conference of Irish Geographers (CIG) from 10th to 12th May 2018.

Digital Geographies Working Group Symposium ‘Justice and the Digital’ #DGWGSymp 

Find out more about 'Gendering the Smart City' #GSCProject Principal Investigator Dr. Ayona Datta's talk at the Digital Geographies Working Group Annual Symposium ‘Justice and the Digital’ on 6th July 2018.

Gendered Data in Smart Cities Story Map

Explore our 'Gendering the Smart City' #GSCProject gendered data in smart cities story map created by Sasha Mahajan, urban planner at Jacobs, in partnership with our societal partners Safetipin and Jagori in India.