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Call for Papers
March 13, 2022
Subject Fields: 
Area Studies, Asian History / Studies, Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies, South Asian History / Studies, Social History / Studies

INDIA / THE GLOBAL SOUTH : PEOPLE, CITIIES HEALTH. Two related events in India as part of the Urban Condition initative:



ABSTRACTS:  June 30, 2021 (Early)  | October 2021 (Round One)



As part of the Urban Condition initative two related events are brought together in India. The first takes plavcve in New Delhi NCR (Noida International University) and the seocnd in Bangalore/Bengaluru (Dayananda Sagar Institutions).


This call seeks contributions from across the social sciences into debates about how we live in and manage the cities of the global south. Strands will be divided into themes and regions. India is a key region and, given recent COVID events there, a special strand is set up in both events for debates about public health. Other strands include: 



DESIGN. We examine questions of contemporary urban planning and architecture globally and, of particular interest, the Indian sub-continent.

TECHNOLOGY. There is particular interest in the smart city given that the Indian government is coming toward the end of its ambitious 100 Smart Cities Mission.

SOCIAL EQUITY. Informal settlements are an area of interest but so too are broader questions of the ‘right to the city’, affordable housing and more.

SUSTAINABILITY. The effects of climate change on urban planning and architectural design are central. Resilience in Asia and cities around the world is a key theme.

HISTORY. How do we preserve and conserve our architectural heritage and the cultural traditions found in our cities and neighborhoods in an age of change.

PUBLIC HEALTH. How can city management, designa and technologues be used to improve public health and contribute to a sfer post-COVID way of living in cities. 


Publications: A conference book with Cambridge Scholars Publishing; Proceedings with AMPS (Architecture, Media, Politics, Society); a journal special issue with UCL Press.




New Delhi, NCR. March 13-15, 2022

Set in the context of the Indian government’s 100 Smart Cities Mission the Architecture, History and the Smart City conference seeks perspectives on the past, present and future of our cities. Given the current situation in India it has a special strand on technology and Covid-19. Whether it be Covid-19 tracking apps in Delhi, computational architecture of London, urban planning of New York, transport systems of Dubai or e-communities in Mumbai, it sees the role of technology in the creation and management of the built environment as integral to the modern metropolis. However, it simultaneously wishes to understand the myriad of non-digital issues at play today: social distancing in public space, the design of housing, the planning of commercial developments, the management of urban sprawl, and much more. To complete its picture of the complex future city, it also explores the origins of public health in the city, architectural and urban heritage, the conservation of ancient monuments, and the preservation of long standing cultural traditions. In the fast changing urban setting of the smart city it seeks a practical and historic understanding of the past and the future that can help today. Full details

Bangalore. March 23-25, 2022

The starting point for the Sustainable Architecture(s) – Humane Cities conference is a consideration of the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals and how that relates to living through the current tragic situation of Covid-19 in cities. With over 80% of the world’s megacities projected to be in the Global South by 2030 it addresses the challenges faced by the region’s expanding cities: Covid-19, public health, informal development, grass roots participatory design, climate change, resilience, and more. It critiques sustainability from practical, cultural, health perspectives and more. It asks questions about physical distancing, global cities, post-colonialism and spectacle architecture. It examines the relationship between all these issues and questions of social equity and public health, whether it be in Mumbai, Beirut, Cairo, Rio, Lagos or Beijing. In a tragic moment for India’s cities it challenges us to connect questions often kept in isolation. It seeks to connect the work of the designers of our buildings, the planners of our cites, our policy makers at regional levels, and the governors of our expanding urban settlements today. At a critical moment it seeks to share knowledge on the most vexed and pressing issues cities in India, and across the world, face today.


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Contact Info: 

Raj Kumar, Rama Subrahmanian, Cindeee Hogan

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