The Myth of Infrastructural Utopia: Development, Displacement and Desolation Saraab (Omer Wasim and Shahana Rajani)

This podcast, hosted by Heba Islam, takes the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor as its starting point to talk about the messy contradictions and tensions between ecological considerations, economic aspirations, and the realities on the ground for marginalized Pakistani communities who find themselves in the way of ‘development.’ 

Urban planner Nausheen Anwar contests the myth of infrastructural utopia which frames such projects as eventually benefiting the public by posing the question: which publics? Anthropologists Tariq Rahman and Naveeda Khan discuss respectively the tactics used by land realtors to force evictions, and how Islamic theology and mythology can help us find a language to think through the alienation and unease caused by displacement.

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Research and Interviews: Heba Islam 

With: Nausheen Anwar, Director, Karachi Urban Lab (KUL) and Professor City & Regional planning, School of Economics & Social Sciences, IBA, Karachi, Pakistan.

Tariq Rahman, PhD student in anthropology at the University of California, Irvine.

Dr. Naveeda Khan, associate professor in the Department of Anthropology, Johns Hopkins University. 

Technical Support: Alina Tiphagne 

Script: Heba Islam, Alina Tiphagne, Niyati Dave

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The Planet in Transformation
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Date:
17/12 2020
Season:
01
Episode:
10
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Podcast
SDGs
  • Sustainable cities and communities
  • Climate action