CPR CSH Workshop: Germs, Particles and the Climate: Reflections on Urban atmospheres

Date and Time

February 28, 2023

3:45 pm to 5:15 pm


Online via Zoom and CPR Conference Room

The Centre for Policy Research (CPR) and Centre de Sciences Humaines (CSH) invite you to a workshop on:

Germs, Particles and the Climate: Reflections on Urban atmospheres

Awadhendra Sharan, Director and Professor, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi

Tuesday, 28 February 2023, 3:45 PM IST onwards. The event will be in hybrid mode at the CPR office (Conference Room, Dharma Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi) and over Zoom.

About the Talk

This talk traces a historical trajectory of urbanism in India through a focus on atmospheric conditions. It will address how, from nineteenth century discourses of tropicality, germ theory and smoke nuisance to twenty first century experiences of the pandemic, air pollution, heat waves and extreme weather events in cities in India have been variously imagined and experienced through their atmospheres. The speaker shall present an account of some of these experiences through historical concerns around energy, efficiency and consumption on the one hand, and considerations of health and quality of life on the other.

About the Speaker

Awadhendra Sharan is Director and Professor at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi. His research interests are in the fields of urban and environmental studies. He is the author of Dust and Smoke: Air Pollution and Colonial Urbanism, India, c.1860-c.1940 (Orient BlackSwan, 2020) and In the City, Out of Place: Nuisance, Pollution and Dwelling in Delhi, c. 1850-2000 (OUP, 2014). His ongoing research is on climate thinking and urbanism in India.

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