Professor, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies New Delhi
Ravi Sundaram is a Professor at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), Delhi. In 2000 he founded the well-known Sarai programme along with Ravi Vasudevan and the Raqs Media Collective. Since then, Sarai grew to become one of India’s best known experimental and critical research sites, spanning local and global sites. Sundaram is the author of Pirate Modernity: Media Urbanism in Delhi (Routledge, London 2009), and No Limits: Media Studies from (Delhi, Oxford University Press, 2013) Sundaram has co-edited the Sarai Reader series, The Public Domain (2001), The Cities of Everyday Life (2002), Shaping Technologies (2003), Crisis Media (2004), and Frontiers (2007). Sundaram’s essays have been translated into various languages in India, Asia, and Europe.
Discussant Marie – Hélène Zérah is a Ph.D. holder in Urban Studies from the Paris Institute of Urban Studies and a Senior Researcher with the Institute of Research for Development (Paris). She has worked extensively in the area of urban infrastructure, governance and democracy in Indian cities with focus on the role of small towns in the urbanisation process. She has published a book on the question of water access in Delhi and recently co-edited a book on the Right to the City in India.
Informationalisation is now rife in urban life: witness the use of data in personal identification, pollution, maps, and transportation, to name a few. CCTV cameras have been held out as a vital supplement to urban security. Urban politics and the campaign is now significantly mediatised, as the recent Delhi elections show. What do all these diverse developments tell us about the future of the city and urban governance?