October 5, 2022 12:30 pm
Professor Narendar Pani, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore
October 5, 12:30 pm, Friend Center Convocation Room
Lunch available at 12:00 (registration required)
Lecture at 12:30-1:30
Dr. Pani will discuss his new book, The City as Action: Retheorizing Urban Studies, that presents an innovative theoretical contribution to the field of urban studies, bridging the gap between western centric scholarship and perspectives from the global South. It combines notions of cities as organisms, and references to postcolonial urban studies, with insights around aspirations, capabilities, agency, and social identity that help explain the experience of a city.
Dr. Narendar Pani is a professor at the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bengaluru, India, where he is also the Dean of the School of Social Sciences, and heads the Inequality and Human Development Program. After a PhD in economics, he moved into transdisciplinary research which allowed him to explore diverse, but interconnected, aspects of the Indian reality. His work over the last four decades has thus ranged from agrarian reform to urban processes, confronting challenges of method along the way. His books include Inclusive Economics: Gandhian Method and Contemporary Policy (2002) and The City as Action: Retheorizing Urban Studies (2022).