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Open Historical Maps


Open Historical Maps: Crowdsourcing, Open Source GIS, and the Research Web ABCD GIS Group, Harvard Center for Geographic Analysis Wednesday 15 April 2009 from 12.00-14.00 CGIS North Building, Room S050, 1737 Cambridge Street Download Presentation PDF Our presentation will show how open source GIS and curated “crowdsourcing” can create an infinite archive of places for [...]

Wish I Was at WordCampEd


Due to my continuing back problems, I was unable to attend WordCampEd 2008 (though I am the brown guy with his head hunched down the extreme right of the header image on their website). I sure wish I could have been there, as THATCamp was a blast and I spent most of last year working [...]



The people at SARAI to have been an inspiration and example in India for many years, and the discourse which they have sponsored in the varied fields of free software, media culture, film studies and urban research have been deeply influential on my thinking for nearly six years now. Indeed my visits to Delhi and [...]

The Urban Age


In the academic world in which I work, proximity to the rich and powerful is at best a matter of expediency, and at worst elicits the charge of complicity. What I appreciate about architects and designers is the irreftutably practical nature of their world, in which structures of power and the market shape the context [...]



For the second time in two weeks, I’m back in Hyde Park, at the University of Chicago. While I’m officially attending the Chicago Colloquium for Digital Humanities and Computer Science on Sunday and Monday, on Saturday I sat in on the 100 Years of the All-India Muslim League Colloquium organised by Manan and Rajeev. It [...]

Chicago to Madison


I arrived in Chicago last night to spend a day at the Regenstein Library at the University of Chicago, and await the arrival of other friends and colleagues in the windy city on their way to the Madison South Asia Conference this weekend. I am appearing on a panel on Digital Humanities in South Asia [...]

Remembering Raj Chandavarkar


Historian Rajnarayan Chandavarkar, whom I had known closely for the past seven years in London and Bombay, died of a sudden heart attack while at a conference on Four Cities in Modernity at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire on 23 April 2006. As a friend and mentor, his death was a great loss to me [...]

The Crisis of the Database


My friend Manan Ahmed at the University of Chicago is co-organising a panel on digital archiving in South Asia at the Annual Conference on South Asia hosted at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. I haven’t been to the conference in three years, and Manan was kind enough to ask me to present something about [...]

Geographies of Resistance: Urban Housing in Mumbai


Presented at the Roundtable on ‘Asian Cities and Cultural Change’ at the Australian National University (ANU), Canberra, July 2005 The past twenty years have witnessed the decisive end of attempts at state-centred urban planning in Mumbai. The post-Independence Development Plan, which has guided land, housing, and economic growth since the sixties, has been displaced in [...]

Future Academies


Lecture at the Future Academy Symposium at the Edinburgh College Art School of Architecture, March 2005, later published in Geetha Narayanan, ed., Tana Bana: Srishti School of Art Design & Technology Bangalore at Ars Electronica 2005 in Linz, Austria, August 2005