Organized Panel Session
The transformative changes to the social and physical landscape brought about by recent rapid growth and development in India has led to a focus on mobilities as a space of interrogation. Studies of mobility have blossomed; rural-urban, national or international migration; transportation within cities with a focus on traffic, infrastructure and connectivity; tourism and international mobility, and the examination of social mobility of various kinds across class and region have been central to the conversation.
Building upon this existing scholarship, our panel will interrogate contemporary mobility in India in a variety of contexts, through practices and events. Centrally we seek to understand how the ethnographic method can inform the dialogue on mobilities, broadly speaking. Through granular ethnographies this panel will address various dimensions of mobility that shape everyday life in India.
Papers will explore the ethnographies of day-to-day mobility in the literal sense of movement through space, as well as of social and aspirational mobility, and the complex articulations between the two. Addressing everyday movement such as circulation, displacement and stoppage, and the less mundane mobility related to ethno-religious, gendered, caste and class-based identities, we ask how such mobilities shape people’s lives in contemporary India.