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.

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.

‘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.

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.

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.