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Open Seminar: Leaks and the Hydraulic City
March 12, 2018 - 13:00-14:30
In this talk Nikhil Anand, University of Pennsylvania, 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, the seminar will begin by showing that urban citizenship is not an event in linear time, but a fickle, distributed and reversible process. Next, attention is paid to the ways in which water leaks in the public system. Rather than theorize this leakage as ‘loss’, Nikhil Anand argue 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.
Nikhil Anand is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Anand has a Masters in Environmental Science from Yale University and a PhD in Anthropology from Stanford University.