Dear Naresh Kumar, We want to remind you

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Dear Naresh Kumar,

We want to remind you of some of the exciting events we are putting on at ICI.

With the semester coming to an end, we are holding talks covering a number of key issues, such as: ‘Urban Futures in the Indian Himalayas’‘The Promise of Making: Desiring Alternatives and Hacking Entrepreneurial Living in China’ and ‘High-Speed Urbanization and the “Over-sized Cities” in Contemporary China’.

We look forward to having you join us.

Please remember to register for the events by clicking on the respective links in the announcement below. You can always find a list of all our upcoming events on our Events page.

Sincerely,
The ICI Team

A public talk with Rohit Negi

April 18th, 2018 @ 6:30pm – 7:30pm
WOLFF CONFERENCE ROOM, 6 East 16th Street, Room 1103

 An event by the India China Institute, co-sponsored by the Global Studies Program at and the Environmental Studies Program.
The expanded reproduction of rural livelihoods has led to an increasing number of households in the Indian Himalayas—especially in the state of Himachal Pradesh—route available surplus to nearby urban areas in search of speculative footholds. This talk is interested in the production of space and everyday lives concomitant to this process.

Eventbrite - Colloquium on the Economies and Societies of India and China
Rohit Negi is with the School of Human Ecology at Ambedkar University Delhi. He has a PhD in Geography (Ohio State) and masters degree in Urban Planning (UIUC). Rohit’s research lies at the intersections of urban geography and political ecology, and his ongoing projects concern Delhi’s toxic air, and Himachal’s construction boom.

A public talk with Silvia Lindtner

April 23rd, 2018 @ 4:00pm – 6:00pm
KLEIN CONFERENCE ROOM, 66 W 12th Street, Room 510

 An event by the India China Institute, co-sponsored by the Global Studies Program.
Since 2014, a series of Western media outlets from the Wired UK over the Economist to Forbes has begun to celebrate the city of Shenzhen in the South of China as a rising hub of innovation, a so-called “Hollywood for Makers” and “Silicon Valley of Hardware.” These media stories took up an idea that open source hardware advocates had been promoting for several years: that the city of Shenzhen had become crucial for the realization of one of the key promises of the maker movement, i.e. to prototype concrete alternatives to the pitfalls of the information society and contemporary capitalism. Just a couple years earlier, Shenzhen was largely known as a place of copycats and fakes that lacked creativity where ideas created elsewhere were simply executed and mass produced. What happened within the timespan of only a few years that changed Shenzhen’s image from demonstrating China’s continuous lag in technology innovation towards a place where alternatives to neoliberal capitalism could be prototyped?

Eventbrite - Colloquium on the Economies and Societies of India and China
Silvia Lindtner is an assistant professor at the University of Michigan in the School of Information, with a courtesy appointment in the Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design. Lindtner’s research and teaching interests include innovation and technology entrepreneurship, making and hacking cultures, shifts in digital work, labor, industry, policy, and governance. This work unfolds through a deep engagement with issues of gender, inequality, and enactments of masculinity in engineering and computer science fields, politics and transnational imaginaries of design, contemporary political economy, and processes of economization. Lindtner draws from more than eight years of multi-sited ethnographic research, with a particular focus on China’s shifting role in transnational and global tech production alongside research alongside research in the United States, Taiwan, and Africa.

A public talk with Zhe Sun

May 4th, 2018 @ 4:00pm – 6:00pm
STARR FOUNDATION HALL, University Center 63 Fifth Avenue, Room UL102

 An event by the India China Institute, co-sponsored by the Global Studies Program and Environmental Studies Program.
The urbanization rate in China has passed 50% since 2011 and will reach 60% by the year 2020. However, the image of “rural China” stays as a stereotype for a long time.

This talk is aimed to help understand China in urban condition. It will start from the process of high-speed urbanization in the first decade of 21st century. Then it will demonstrate the high- density situation in three megacities: Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. Finally, it will emphasize the current u-turn of urban policy from social inclusion to social exclusion in the so-called “over-sized” cities and point out the latest inequality issues in the case of Shanghai.

Eventbrite - Colloquium on the Economies and Societies of India and China
Dr. ZHE SUN is an assistant researcher in the department of economic sociology at Shanghai University of Finance and Economics(S.U.F.E). He achieved his PhD in E.N.S Paris-Saclay with a French dissertation on the housing market and homeowner society in Shanghai. Now he is studying the rental housing market, tenants groups as well as other relevant urban issues such as the informal economy, gentrification and gated-community etc.
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