Tripta Chandola

Post-Doctoral Fellow | tchandola at iihs dot ac dot in

2010    PhD, Media and Cultural Studies, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
1998    BA, History (Hons), Delhi University, Delhi



Countries: India, Australia, Singapore
States: Delhi, West Bengal, Uttarakhand, Karnataka
Cities: Bengaluru, Delhi
Languages: English, Hindi

Tripta has a decade-long research experience in diverse urban contexts, methodological strategies and agendas. The approach defining her research is multidisciplinary, and she extensively draw upon historical, geographical, anthropological, ethnographic and sociological theoretical frameworks. One of her long-term, ongoing project is conducting ethnographic research in a slum-settlement in Delhi, the slums of Govindpuri, over the last 13 years. The focus of her research has been to highlight the realities of the everyday of slums of Govindpuri, as experienced, lived and articulated by its residents, across the various social, emotional, political, technological and infrastructural ecologies and tapestries that constitute its presence in the city. Her research agenda is informed by the intent to insert the voices of and from the margins into practice of writing the history, negotiating the present and imagining the future of the city. The politics of marginalisation at an everyday level in an urban setting is the key focus which has informed her research inquisitions. She has explored and continually highlighted through her publications, both of academic and non-academic nature, the manner in which the identified Other within the hegemonic, elitist discourses experience and negotiates with these politics.


At IIHS, she will be involved in conducting ethnographic research in areas of practices and knowledge production at the intersections of gender and health in lower-income areas, as well as involved in projects on urban spatialities and histories.

Previous Teaching Experience

2016 PhD Seminar Class, MICA, Ahmedabad, Gujrat.
2011 – 2012 Guest Lectures, MA Geography, NUS, Singapore.

  • Chandola, T. (2016, November). The Shriek”, Sound:: Gender::Feminism::Activism. Paper presented at the Creative Research into Sound Arts Practice, University of Arts London, London College of Communication, London.
  • Chandola, T. (2016, September). Subaltern as a political voyeur?: the landscape of shifting political allegiances in an Indian slum – an ethnographic account. Paper presented at the Modern Matters: Negotiating the Future in Everyday Life in South Asia. Lund University, Sweden.
  • Chandola, T. (2016, April). Musicality and multiplicities: rethinking the politics of ‘sonic’ exchange in the market of an Indian Slum. Paper presented at the Duke’s Franklin Humanities Institute, Duke University, USA.
  • Chandola, T. (2015, July). Listening into others: an ethnography of performing “Self” in an Indian Slums, presented at the Centre for Policy Research, Delhi, India.
  • Chandola, T. (2013, April). An obscene calling: re-calibrating gender sonic performances in a slum settlement in India. Paper presented at the 30th Annual Spring Symposium on Sensing South Asia, Centre for South Asian Studies, University of Hawaii, Hawaii, US.
  • Chandola, T. (2012, June). Encounters of the bodily kinds: the assignment, or, on the observing of the observer of the observers. Paper presented at the International workshop ‘Doing Asian Cities: A Workshop on Urban Aspiration, National University of Singapore, Singapore.