The Newsletter 70 Spring 2015

Re-examining the 'Subaltern'

Paul Rabé

On 10-11 December 2014, the Studio-X space of the Columbia University Global Center in the Fort area of Mumbai was the setting for a workshop entitled Urban Democracy: Informality, Precarity and Modes of Survival. This was the second in a series of discussions in the Idea of the City in Asian Contexts series, the urban studies oriented forum of the Rethinking Asian Studies in a Global Context programme, coordinated by IIAS with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation ( The first workshop in the series, Public City, Private City, was held in New York in August 2014 and explored the politics of planning.