#TPPP (The Public Private Puzzles, February 23, 2019):

Can you do whatever you want at home? Do you own private property? Do you hold (private) opinions? ‘What’ do you care for? Why & how do boundaries shift between the private and public realms? Do you have a right to health (& to smoke?)? Does economic development influence how public-private distinction is thought of? Is the process of drawing lines always political? Does increasing GDP always work automatically for publicly desired outcomes? Must private property also (eventually) be seen as enhancing publicness? Do cities get made by plans? Are urban realms continuums of spaces and energies? How do practices create temporary private spaces? Is ownership necessary? Do you often cross into others’ private spaces? Why not? Is the modern State the only public mode? Are individuals at a technical disadvantage against the collectives? How might social and individual goals be aligned? Will we remain more hung up on our differences? Will we continue to become more cellularized? How will public norms (& Laws) change? &, is the future likely to be both highly cellularized and regulated (by public norms)? SynTalk thinks about these & more questions using concepts from law (Prof. Sudhir Krishnaswamy, Azim Premji University, Bangalore), urban planning (Prasad Shetty, School of Environment and Architecture (SEA), Mumbai), & economics (Prof. Sebastian Vollmer, The University of Göttingen, Göttingen).

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SynTalk is pleased and privileged to have hosted the following SynTalkrs (in alphabetical order) on its #TPPP show.

Prof. Sudhir Krishnaswamy (law) is currently the Professor of Law, and Director of the School of Policy and Governance, Azim Premji University (APU), Bangalore. He was also the visiting Dr. Ambedkar Chair Professor in Indian Constitutional Law at the Columbia Law School, New York (2012-2015). He has also taught at National University of Juridical Sciences (Kolkata), National Law School of India University (NLSIU, Bangalore), Pembroke College (Oxford, UK), University of Greenwich (London, UK), & the University of Buckingham (UK). Prof. Krishnaswamy completed his Bachelor of Arts and Law (Honors) from NLSIU, and then went to University of Oxford (UK), where he received his Ph.D. in Law. His research interests are constitutional law, administrative law, intellectual property law, reform of the legal system, & legal profession and legal education in India. Prof. Krishnaswamy as a legal consultant for the BS Patil Committee on Restructuring BBMP (2015), & for the National Mission on Manuscripts (New Delhi, 2005-2006). He has authored a book titled ‘Constitutionalism and Democracy in India: A Study of the Basic Structure Doctrine’ which was published by the Oxford University Press in 2009. His research has been published in multiple peer-reviewed journals such as, Socio-Legal Review, Economic and Political Weekly, Journal of Indian Law and Society, & Seminar. Prof. Krishnaswamy is serving as an editor for the International Journal of Communications Law and Policy (since 2003), and is on the advisory board for the Indian Journal of Law and Technology (since 2008). He was also awarded the Rhodes Scholarship in 1998.

Prasad Shetty (urban planning) is an urbanist based in Mumbai and a partner at the BARD Studio, Mumbai. He is one of the founders of the School of Environment and Architecture (SEA), Mumbai, and the Collective Research Initiatives Trust, Mumbai. Currently he works as an Associate Professor at SEA. Prasad trained as an architect from K. Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute for Architecture (Mumbai University) and then went to Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (Erasmus University, Rotterdam) to receive a specialization in urban management. His works includes extensive research on contemporary Indian urbanism with focus on architecture and built environment, cultural aspects of urban economy and property, entrepreneurial and tactical practices, housing, and urban form. Prasad has also worked as a consulting urban management expert to the town administration of Mendefera, Eritrea, and an expert member to the Dadra–Nagar Haveli Planning & Development Authority. As an urbanist, Prasad believes that the urban realm is incoherent, unbound, unstable and gets worked out through multiple, simultaneous and messy logics. His work often crosses disciplinary boundaries and takes different forms – writings, drawings, mixed-media works, storytelling, teaching, conversations, walks, planning and spatial interventions. Some of his important works include – ‘Multifarious Nows’ (shown at Manifesta 7 at Bolzano), a multi-media map of the textile mill lands in Mumbai, ‘Studies of Housing Types in Mumbai’ (produced for the Urban Age initiative of London School of Economics), and ‘Belly of the Strange’, an architectural installation at MACBA, Barcelona.

Prof. Sebastian Vollmer (economics) is Professor of Development Economics and Director of the Centre for Modern Indian Studies at the University of Göttingen, Germany. His research examines the linkages between poverty and health in low and middle income countries, particularly the effect of malnutrition on child development. Prof. Vollmer studied Mathematics and Economics at the University of Göttingen and also received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Göttingen. He was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Harvard University (USA), Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics at Dartmouth College (USA), Assistant Professor of Development Economics at the University of Göttingen and Adjunct Professor of Global Health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He has served as a consultant for the World Bank, UNICEF, UNDP, UNAIDS, UNESCO, FAO, the Asian Development Bank and national government organizations.  He has received multiple awards & fellowships, including, Science Award of the German Society of Health Economics (2017), & KfW Development Bank Prize for Excellence in Applied Development Research (2015). Prof. Vollmer has been a Principal Investigator on projects which are executed under grants from multiple institutes such as Max-Planck-Society, Volkswagen Foundation, & German Research Foundation (DFG). His research has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as, PLOS Medicine, BMJ Global Health, Journal of Development Economics, The Lancet, Diabetes Care, AIDS and Behavior, & Journal of Development Effectiveness.

Note: Any & all errors in the brief profiles above are SynTalk’s own.

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