Conferences

Over the years, IIHS has hosted a series of global conferences and meetings framed around issues of the urban in the Global South, providing a space for cutting-edge conversation and exchange of ideas. IIHS’ flagship annual convening is the Research Week, which includes the annual IIHS PhD workshop, as well as an annual research conference, UrbanARC. IIHS has also hosted a range of sector-specific global convenings, including the IIHS-UC Berkeley Conference on the ‘21st-century Indian City, India Urban Conference’ (in partnership with Yale University and with the support of the Ministries of Urban Development and Housing), the convening of the Global Campaign for an Urban SDG, which produced the Bengaluru Declaration that underpins the UN SDG 11 on Sustainable Cities.

Urban ARC 2018: The City and Technology

The second edition of UrbanARC will be held in January 2018, at the IIHS Bengaluru City Campus. The theme for 2018 edition is ‘City and Technology’. The call for panel proposals emphasises the wide-ranging nature of both ‘city’ and ‘technology’. The conference aims to use diverse disciplinary and methodological lenses to re-examine, re-imagine, and re-situate our understandings of these terms. The submission for the 2018 edition of the conference numbered close to 200, coming from diverse disciplinary spaces like media studies, sociology, engineering and planning.

 

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Urban ARC 2017: The City in Transition

Held in January 2017, IIHS’ first annual research conference showcased research spanning a wide range of urban issues. The conference was planned around seven panels examining governance, migration, risk, practice, politics, peripheries, and the city of Bengaluru. Out of close to 200 submissions, 35 papers were selected. Scholars, both domestic and international, ranging from institutions like Yale University, University of Sussex, Peruvian Union University, and several of the IITs, among others, presented their work.

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The Future of Liberal Arts and Science in India

A convening that explored the emergence of Liberal Arts and Sciences Education in India in a number of new institutions and initiatives.

IIHS-UC Berkeley Conference on the ‘21st Century Indian City’

A joint two-day conference hosted by IIHS and the University of California, Berkeley brought together leading scholars from India and globally to discuss the many critical questions relating to the effective and equitable functioning of the economy of Indian towns, cities and metros.

Inclusive Cities in India

The workshop was jointly organised by SEWA, IIHS, World Bank and DFID. The main objectives were to understand what exclusion means in an urban context; begin to develop a ‘vision’ of inclusive Indian cities; examine the ‘inclusion and exclusion’ impacts of existing urban development policies and programmes; and understand potential policy directions to inform urban inclusion in government policies and programs in the XII Plan.

Stemming car dependency and improving transport options in Indian cities

IIHS, along with Curtin University, Australia conducted a workshop that explored the understanding and development of skills around transit oriented design through the deliberative democracy process. This workshop helped strengthen the relationships between Australian and Indian transport professionals.

The Negotiation City

IIHS in collaboration with the Centre for Policy Research (CPR), Delhi conducted a workshop on ‘The Negotiation City’, at the IIHS Bengaluru City Campus. The Negotiation City attempted to understand the relationship between the stakeholders in a city, emphasizing the connection between the residents and the various levels of government.

India Urban Conference 2011

The IIHS in partnership with Yale and JCCD and with the support of the Ministries of Urban Development and Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation of the GoI, IDFC and HUDCO organised India’s largest urban conference of 2011 bringing over 600 delegates together at the Infosys campus in Mysore.

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