[CSH-CPR Urban Workshop] Delhi without Borders

Event Details

The Centre de Sciences Humaines (CSH) and the Centre for Policy Research (CPR) are pleased to invite you to an Urban Workshop (n° 115) on:

‘Delhi without Borders: Contradictions and Conflicts of a Delirious City Region’


Nitin Bathla (ETH Zurich)

Tuesday, 27 August 2019, 3:45 onwards

at Centre For Policy Research, conference hall (please not the change in venue)

Dharam Marg, Near NDMC Hospital, Block C, Diplomatic Enclave, Malcha, New Delhi, Delhi 110021

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The 1962 masterplan of Delhi introduced a critical intertwining between Delhi and its region. Not only did this initiate the restructuration of Delhi’s metropolitan processes into a continually expanding territory, but more importantly it forged a land-based economic relationship between the city and its region. Thus, concomitant to the radical transformations in Delhi, profound acts of ecological dispossession, enclosure, and infrastructure violence have also been taking shape in its region.

The delirious city-region today represents a tapestry of stark disparities; of sparsely occupied luxury condominiums popping up next to dense settlements housing masses of labour migrants, of industrial-logistic spaces set amidst remnants of agro-pastoral landscapes, of operational landscapes set within sacred ecologies, and of ever new infrastructure networks set in bypass to the perpetually incomplete existing ones. This churning of territory for urban production is revealing a palimpsest of subaltern and planetary dynamics, sedentary and nomadic practices, and urban and agrarian societies, thus revealing unique socio-spatial conflicts and political compromises.

This presentation would bring together observations, conclusions, and findings from over two years of ethnographic inquiry by the speaker in an attempt to unpack contradictions and conflicts in the urbanisation of a Delhi without borders.


Nitin Bathla
is an urban researcher, artist, and educator based at ETH Zurich where he is currently pursuing his doctoral studies on a Swiss Excellence Fellowship. He has practised actively in the domain of social design and urban research in India. Nitin’s work focuses on labour, housing, and land ecology. Aside from academic writing, Nitin works on film-making and community-based art projects.

More info : telle  {dot}  olivier  {at}  gmail  {dot}  com

partha {at} cprindia {dot} org

marie-helene {dot} zerah {at} ird {dot} fr

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