Tuesday, 4 September 2018 - 5:15pm to 6:30pm
Title: Leaks and the Hydraulic City
Speaker: Dr. Nikhil Anand
Date: Tuesday, September 4, 2018
Time: 05:15 pm – 06:30 pm
Venue: Ramanujan Hall, Mathematics Dept.
Prof. Nikhil Anand will present an overview of his recently published
book, Hydraulic City. Drawing attention to the ways in which settlers in
Mumbai establish access to water in the city, he will show that urban
citizenship is not an event in linear time, but a fickle, distributed and
reversible process. Next, he’ll attend to the ways in which water leaks
in the public system. Rather than theorize this leakage as ‘loss’, he
argues that it is constitutive of the water infrastructure in cities.
Neither fully in the water engineers’ control, nor out of their domain,
leaks are vital sites not only for the making of political authority, but
also of lives that are rendered marginal and illegal by the rules of the
city. Based on over two years of ethnographic fieldwork with city water
engineers, social workers, politicians, plumbers and urban residents,
Hydraulic City demonstrates how water infrastructures are critical sites
for the making of cities and citizenship.
Bio-sketch of the speaker:
Dr. Nikhil Anand is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University
of Pennsylvania. His research focuses on the political ecology of cities,
read through the different lives of water. His first book, Hydraulic City
focuses on the everyday ways in which infrastructure and politics are
produced through the everyday management of water in Mumbai. Articles
based on this research have also been published in Antipode, Cultural
Anthropology, Ethnography and Public Culture. With Hannah Appel and Akhil
Gupta, Dr. Anand is co-editor of a just released book, The Promise of
Infrastructure, that focuses on the ways in which infrastructure provides
a generative ground to theorize time and politics. Dr. Anand has a
Masters in Environmental Science from Yale University and a PhD in
Anthropology from Stanford University.
Ramanujan Hall, Mathematics Dept.
IIT Bombay, Powai, Mumbai