#TCCD (The Change Called Development, February 22, 2020):

Are you able to realize your potential? Is your country under-developed? Is development a kind of gradual unfurling? Could it then be an infinite, deliberate, process? Is urbanization industrialization? Is industrialization development? Is development, only, economic growth? Does urbanization ‘cause’ development? Did the moral values of ‘improvement’ come from religion? Does Science help make progress material by unlocking the mind of God? How did Development take off post WW2 as a new ontology? Is a society getting richer the same as people becoming less poor? Does development have an urban bias? Does the countryside, also, need urbanization? Do cities & nations compete in the global marketplace? Why did several early theorists of development come from Eastern Europe? Why is some of the most expensive real estate in developing countries? Does development need (say) education, health, environment, and morals, & not just money? Do you expect to eat asparagus in every month of the year? How might the meaning of development change in the years to come? Would it become more cosmological? &, for it, would we have to go back to the future? SynTalk thinks about these & more questions using concepts from urban studies (Prof. Tridib Banerjee, USC, Los Angeles), development studies (Prof. John Harriss, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver), & history of science (Prof. Kapil Raj, EHESS, Paris).

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

Prof. Tridib Banerjee (urban studies) is Professor and the James Irvine Chair in Urban and Regional Planning at Sol Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, California, USA. Prior to this he served as Associate Dean of the (former) USC School of Urban and Regional Planning (1982-86), and as Vice Dean of the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development (1998-2001). Prof. Banerjee completed his B. Arch. (1962) from Calcutta University,  M.Arch. (1964) and Master of Urban Planning (1967) from University of Washington (1964), and Ph.D. (1971) from MIT. His work has focused on the design and planning of the built environment and the related human and social consequences. In particular, he is interested in the political economy of urban development, and the effects of globalization in the transformation of urban form and urbanism from a comparative international perspective. His consulting, research, and teaching have taken him to Bahrain, China, Ecuador, Egypt, Germany, India, Indonesia, Iran, Morocco, Mexico, Taiwan, Thailand, and the UAE. His publications include: Beyond the Neighborhood Unit (with William C. Baer), City Sense and City design: Writings and Projects of Kevin Lynch (co-edited with Michael Southworth), Urban Design Downtown: Poetics and Politics of Form (with Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris), Urban Design: Critical Concepts in Urban Studies (Edited, 4 volumes), The New Companion to Urban Design (with Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris), and In the Images of Development: City Design in the Global South.

Prof. John Harriss (development studies) is currently Professor Emeritus of International Studies at Simon Fraser University (SFU), Vancouver, Canada, where he was the first Director of the School for International Studies. Prior to this, he was at the Development Studies Institute (1990-2006) at the London School of Economics (LSE) and at the School of Development Studies (1976-1990) at the University of East Anglia. He completed his B.A. (Archaeology and Anthropology) at the University of Cambridge (1968) and his Ph.D. (1977) at University of East Anglia. Prof. Harriss has carried on research in and on India (particularly Tamil Nadu) since the early 1970s studying the agrarian political economy and society. He has collaborated widely with South Asian scholars over the years and published and lectured widely around the world. He is the author of several books and journal articles, including: ‘Keywords for Modern India’ (with Craig Jeffrey, OUP, 2014), ‘2006 Power Matters: Essays on Institutions, Politics and Society in India’ (OUP, 2006), ‘Reinventing India: Economic Liberalism, Hindu Nationalism and Popular Democracy’ (with Stuart Corbridge, Polity Press, 2000). Prof. Harriss also holds/has held several significant editorial positions (including with Pacific Affairs, Canadian Journal of Development Studies, European Journal of Development Research) and fellowships (including at Australian National University; the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, Paris; & National University of Singapore (NUS)). He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2017.

Prof. Kapil Raj (history of science) is a lifelong Distinguished Research Professor at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris. He is also a Visiting Professor of History at Ashoka University, Delhi NCR. Prof. Raj completed his B.Sc. (Mathematics Honours) and M.A. (Philosophy) from St. Stephens College (1970,1975), University of Delhi, and his Ph.D. (History and Philosophy of Science) from the Sorbonne (1976-83). He taught in a village in Himachal Pradesh for three years (1970-1973) after completing his B.A. Subsequently, he has lived, taught and conducted his research in France. His research interests are in the intellectual, cultural and material history of the construction of scientific knowledge through processes of circulation and interaction between heterogeneous cultures of practice. He has received many research grants & fellowships, holding visiting positions around the world including: Uppsala University (Sweden), Northwestern University, Natural History Museum (London), UCLA, Max-Planck Institute for the History of Science (Berlin), & University of Chicago. His book, Relocating Modern Science: Circulation and the Construction of Knowledge in South Asia and Europe, 1650-1900 was published by Permanent Black (2006) and Palgrave Macmillan (2007), and translated to Japanese (Nagoya, 2016). Besides multiple articles and book chapters, he has also co-edited many books, notably The Brokered World: Go-Betweens and Global Intelligence, 1770-1820 (SHP, 2009), & held editorial duties in journals such as the British Journal for the History of Science.

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

#TCCD mentions: Akbar, Frederick Jackson Turner, Karl Marx, Robert Redfield, Jawaharlal Nehru, Émile Durkheim, Harry S. Truman, Andre Gunder Frank, Michael Lipton, & Amartya Sen, among others.