spawns a ‘virtual’ and vertical built-space that is a characteristic feature of the rapidly developing peripheries of Asian cities. According to Prof. Jose, the legal and political processes that fuel Mumbai’s ‘spectral’ housing produces, in its wake, airscapes–a distinctive urban imaginary.
About the speaker:
George Jose held full-time positions for nearly two decades in the academia and the arts across teaching, research and management roles. He is a Joint-PhD candidate in Anthropology and Contemporary India in the department of Sociology, National University of Singapore (NUS) and the India Institute, School of Global Affairs, King’s College London (KCL). He completed a twelve-module coursework read across NUS and KCL, and submitted his doctoral dissertation for examination on January 20, 2017. Before embarking on his PhD, he was a Fellow of Global Prayers – Redemption and Liberation in the City, a collaborative, multi-disciplinary, cross regional, comparative arts and research project of the
Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW), Forum Transregionale Studien, Europa-Universität Viadrina and metroZones – Center for Urban Affairs, Berlin. George is a Teaching Assistant in NUS, and assists in a range of modules including ‘Anthropology and the Human Condition’; ‘Urban Sociology’; ‘Social Thought & Social Theory’; and ‘Making Sense of Society’. Before embarking on his PhD, he held Visiting Faculty positions in a range of educational institutions across India. George maintains a strong interest in arts practice across disciplines and has assisted on documentary films, worked closely with visual artists, and acted in theatre productions. For a little over two decades, George has engaged in ‘border-crossings’ between ‘the academic social science research and teaching’ sector, on the one hand, and ‘the creativity, arts and culture’ sector, on the other. This has alerted him to the need to forge fresh connections that bring the arena of arts
practice in dialogue with theoretical research. He is stimulated by the challenge of developing innovative curricula and pedagogy that seek to work with interdisciplinary paradigms, and generate an inter-face between philosophy and practice