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Encountering Rapid Mobility and World-Classness in Transport Paraphernalia

Date & time
Friday, October 6, 2023
4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Registration is closed


This event is free



J.W. McConnell Building
1400 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W.

Wheel chair accessible


Join Yogi Joseph for a talk about the discourse around planning and implementation of mass transit projects in Indian cities which prominently features ideas of rapidness and world-classness, made desirable through project websites, vernacular news media, public relations and social media campaigns. While such campaigns feature inclusionary and progressive ideas, the everyday realities of the system are often very different.

Using the case of Kochi metrorail, Yogi Joseph argues that conversations around the metro project prominently feature rhetorical devices that engender isolated pockets/ribbons of “world-classness,” disjointed from both their physical context and the lived realities of their intended users.

This talk is part of the Southern Asia Studies Series, which will have programming through 2023-2024.

How can you participate? Join us in person or online by registering for the Zoom Meeting or watching live on YouTube.

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About the Speaker

Yogi Joseph

Yogi Joseph is a PhD candidate at the Department of Geography, Planning and Environment, Concordia University, Montreal. He is deeply interested in manifesting a bottom-up understanding of infrastructure in the global South.

Paying close attention to the micropractices employed in transit spaces, he views them as key sites for the production of socialities. His recent work investigates the role of transit infrastructure in forming subjectivities and shaping citizenships.

This event is sponsored by the Department of Religions and Cultures.

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