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City Drafting: Property-Making and Bureaucratic Urbanism in South Asia

Monday, May 23, 2022 - 09:00

A CASI 30th Anniversary Workshop

With Additional Funding and Administrative Support from:

Wolf Humanities Center Seminar Room
623 Williams Hall
255 South 36th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Please email Indivar Jonnalagadda ( if you would like to attend in-person or on Zoom

9:00 AM 9:20 AM ET Introduction

Thomas Cowan, Assistant Professor, University of Nottingham
Indivar Jonnalagadda, Doctoral Scholar, University of Pennsylvania

9:30 AM 11:30 AM ET Session 1

“The Bureaucratic Categorisation of Allocation: A Tale of Bihar State Housing Board,” Sheema Fatima, Postdoctoral Fellow, Tata Institute of Social Sciences – Mumbai

“Drafting Cities through Demolitions: The Politics of Order and Negotiation in City  Bureaucracy,” Sushmita Pati, Assistant Professor, National Law School of India University – Bengaluru

“Drafting Development in Mumbai,” Sangeeta Banerji, Postdoctoral Fellow, Brown University

11:40 AM 1:00 PM ET Session 2

“How to Make Land Disappear: Corruption, Computerization, and Care in Lahore,” Tariq Rahman, Doctoral Scholar, University of California – Irvine

“To B or not to B: Exploration of the bureaucratic practices of quasi-legal property tax papers in the city of Bangalore,” Varun Patil, Doctoral Scholar, Max Weber Kolleg

1:00 PM 2:00 PM ET Lunch

2:00 PM 4:00 PM ET Session 3

“Mapping Land Conflicts and Urban Planning in the National Capital Region of India,” Sophia Abbas, Doctoral Scholar, Yale University

“A House Divided: Urban Family Estate Following the Great Nepal Earthquake, 2015,” Andrew Haxby, Postdoctoral Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology

“Property-work, work of property: Notes on land, caste, and property in India’s urbanizing frontiers,” Shubhra Gururani, Associate Professor, York University

4:15 PM 5:00 PM ET Discussant Comments

Akhil Gupta, Professor, University of California – Los Angeles

5:00 PM – 5.30 PM ET Closing Discussion

6:30 Dinner