Project Blog

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.

PI Ayona Datta at the World Urban Forum 2020

Principal investigator, Prof. Ayona Datta was invited by UN-Habitat to speak at the fourth dialogue plenary session on “Frontier technologies and Innovation for Inclusive, Sustainable and Resilient Smart Cities”. Click here to read more.

#AanaJaana [#ComingGoing] Exhibition Story Map

Explore our 'Gendering the Smart City' #GSCProject #AanaJaana gendered data in smart cities Story Map created by Visual Voice in partnership with our participants ‘Khadar Ki Ladkiyan [Khadar Girls]', societal partners Safetipin and Jagori, and institutional partner the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi in India.

‘Khadar Ki Ladkiyan’ [Khadar Girls] Performance @ One Billion Rising #VDay Event

Find out more about our 'Gendering the Smart City' #GSCProject participant 'Khadar Ki Ladkiyan [Khadar Girls]' performance of their hip hop rap song during the One Billion Rising South Asia #VDay celebrations at Central Park, Connaught Place, New Delhi, India on 10th February 2019.

📸🏆 #AanaJaana [#ComingGoing] Selfie Photography Competition Winner

Find our more about the 'Gendering the Smart City' #GSCProject #AanaJaana [#ComingGoing] international Twitter selfie photography competition we organised to launch our 'Aana Jaana: Curating Women's Digital Stories of the City' exhibition at Mandi House metro station, New Delhi open from 1st to 31st January 2019 and have a look at the winning entry!

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.

Advisory Board Feedback Meeting

Find out more about our 'Gendering the Smart City' #GSCProject research network team feedback meeting with our Advisory Board in January 2019.

Digital | Visual | Cultural 2 – ‘Digital Visual/Publics’ Public Lecture @dvcultural #dvcultural

Find out more about ‘Gendering the Smart City’ #GSCProject Principal Investigator Dr. Ayona Datta’s and Co-Investigator Dr. Padmini Ray Murray’s talks at the Digital/Visual Publics ‘Visualising Digital Heritage, Futures, and Other Temporalities’ public lecture event on 8th January 2019.

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.

‘Khadar Ki Ladkiyan’ – An Exploration of Music as a Medium of Expression

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 Sunayana Wadhawan, Sound Artist.

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.

#MeToo has arrived in India, and it’s changing how technology is used to fight injustice

Read this The Conversation UK article entitled '#MeToo has arrived in India, and it’s changing how technology is used to fight injustice' by 'Gendering the Smart City' #GSCProject Principal Investigator Dr Ayona Datta, Dr Rakhi Tripathi, Centre for Digital Innovation, FORE School of Management and Dr Nabeela Ahmed, Department of Geography, King's College London.

Call for Papers: American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting ‘Gendering the Smart City: Towards Just & Feminist Urban Futures’ #aagDC

Urban Futures Research Domain

We welcome submissions for the 2019 American Association of Geographers meeting in Washington, DC April 3-7. This large interdisciplinary conference regularly attracts 6-8,000 attendees across a broad spectrum of disciplinary homes.

Gendering the Smart City: Towards just and feminist urban futures

Organisers: Ryan Burns, Ayona Datta, Nabeela Ahmed, Max Andrucki

The critical smart cities research agenda continues to develop insights into evolving relations between the digital, the urban, and socio-political process. Attention has broadened from taxonomies and ontological questions, to ideal-types and dominant epistemologies, to interrogating the “actually-existing smart city”. This trajectory has brought to the fore variegations and fissures in the politics of the smart city within which elements of social justice can appear, where smart city visions can adapt to and address low-tech infrastructures and where populations can contest the smart city’s often business-friendly, empiricist, governmentalizing, and neoliberal tendencies. Researchers have, indeed, recently illuminated smart city models that…

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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.