South Asia Institute
South Asia Institute

Fall 2010 South Asia Seminar Series

"Science, Religion and the Ideology of Urban Governance: Ahmedabad City, India"

Thu, November 4, 2010 | WCH 4.118

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Ipsita Chatterjee, UT Austin Dept. of Geography and the Environment
Ipsita Chatterjee, UT Austin Dept. of Geography and the Environment

Ipsita Chatterjee completed her PhD. in Geography at Clark University Massachuesetts.  She has a Masters and M.Phil. in Geography from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India, and a Bachelors in Geography from Loreto college Calcutta.

Chatterjee is interested in there broad strands of research: (1) The economic, cultural and geopolitical implications of globalization in the First and the Third world. She is particularly interested in the contradictions of globalization -- capital-labor confrontations, class-identity negotiations, market-state reorganizations, hegemony-counter-hegemonic contestations, Fordist-post-Fordist transitions, and space-place dialectics; (2) she also investigates urban transformations, landscape changes, segregation, gettoization, and other forms of urban exclusions in the context of a Neoliberal entrepreneurial turn in urban governance all over the world; (3) Chatterjee is interested in conflicts and violence revolving around issues of re-distribution and recognition. More specifically, she engages with justice and social movement literature to investigate class exclusion, othering, Islamophobia, religious fundsamentalism, identity politics.Theoretically, Chatterjee adopts a political economic approach and attempts a radical analysis of dispossession, marginalization, and exclusion. Chatterjee has taught courses and seminars on Globalization, Conflict, Resistance, Geography of International Affairs, Elements of Cultural Geography, Human Geography.

Additional affiliation: South Asia Institute,

Acting Chair of the Urban Studies Program, Department of Geography and the Environment


Current work:

  • Post-Fordism, Class, Class Struggle
  • Feminism, False Consciousness, Neoliberalism
  • Critiquing the ideology of urban planning

Selected Publications

Chatterjee, I. (forthcoming) Governance as ‘Performed,’ Governance as ‘Inscribed’: New Urban Politics in Ahmedabad. Urban Studies.

Chatterjee, I (forthcoming) Globalization and the Production of difference: A case study of Neoliberal production of Hindu Nationalism in India. Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

Peet, R., Chatterjee, I. and Hartwick, E. (forthcoming). Making sense of globalization. In Roger Lee, Linda McDowell, Peter Sunley, and Andrew Leyshon (Eds.) Compendium of Economic Geography. Sage Publications.

Chatterjee, I. (2010) From Red Tape to Red Carpet? Violent narratives of neoliberalizing Ahmedabad. In Waquar Ahmed, Richard Peet, Amitabha Kundu (Eds.) New Economic Policy in India. UK: Routledge, pp154-178.  ISBN13: 978-0-415-80188-1 (hbk) ISBN13: 978-0-203-84681-0 (ebk)

Chatterjee, I (2009) Violent Morphologies: Landscape, border and scale in Ahmedabad conflict. Geoforum, Vol.40(6), November, pp 103-113.

Chatterjee, I (2009) Social Conflict and the Neoliberal City: A case of Hindu-Muslim violence in India. In Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, pp143-160.

Chatterjee, I
(2009) Deconstructing Vegas: A Class Project? Human Geography, Vol.2 (2), pp83-85

Chatterjee, I (2008) Method in the Madness: A Social Justice Manifesto for Conflict Analysis. Human Geography, Vol. 1(2), pp72-83

Chatterjee, I. (2007). Packaging of identity and identifiable packages: A case study of women-commodity negotiation through product packaging. Gender Place and Culture, vol.14 (3), pp.293-316.

Chatterjee, I. (2006). Applying Models of Conflict Negotiation to the Hindu-Muslim conflict in Ahmedabad, India: Implications and Lessons. International Journal of conflict Management, vol. 17 (2) pp.154-174.

The SAI seminar series features lectures by distinguished South Asian specialists from UT. Regular seminars occur on Thursdays at 3:30 pm, preceded by a reception at 3:00 pm, in the Meyerson Conference Room (WCH 4.118).

Sponsored by: South Asia Institute

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