Author Archives: Siddharth Menon Architect

Conference Panel: South Asian Materialities; Annual Conference on South Asia, Madison

I’ve organized a panel at the Annual Conference on South Asia to be held at UW-Madison from October 17-20, 2019. The panel highlights the gritty materialities of (non)human actors in Indian cities and their complicity in creating new urban socialities and subjectivities. Details below: South Asian Materialities: Materializing urban change in South Asia Over the […]

Workshop: Urban Climates-Power, Development, and Environment in South Asia; University of Cambridge

I was glad to be a part of the the Urban Climates: Power, Development, and Environment workshop held at the University of Cambridge on 7-8 June 2019. The workshop was organized by Nida Rehman (University of Cambridge) and Aparna Parikh (Dartmouth College) and was funded by the Urban Studies Foundation. It brought together an excellent cohort of scholars […]

Public: Decolonizing Infrastructure in India and the US: A Conversation with Malini Ranganathan

Recently, many scholars in the humanistic social sciences have begun to focus on the more-than-human agency of nonhuman natures, things, objects, and materials. Within this posthuman turn, objects are not simply inert backdrops for the ordering of social life but are actively involved in creating new sociopolitical orders. Infrastructure has emerged as a useful analytical […]

Book Review: “Shiptown: Between Rural and Urban North India” by Ann Grodzins Gold

Please find below an excerpt from my review of Shiptown: Between Rural and Urban North India by Ann Grodzins Gold for Economic and Political Weekly To read the full review, please follow this link. Betwixt and Between Shifting Identities of a Provincial Town Siddharth Menon ( is a doctoral student, Department of Geography, University of Wisconsin-Madison, United States. Shiptown: […]

Workshop: Third Annual International Anthropology of Concrete Workshop 2019, Rice University

It was great interacting with critical scholars working on the relationship between concrete and society from different interdisciplinary perspectives on 2 March, 2019 at Rice University, Houston. A special thanks to Kali Rubaii for organizing the same and for the images. Details below. Ecopolitics of Cement and Concrete Third Annual International Anthropology of Concrete Workshop […]

Conference Panel: (Re)assembling the Politics of the Everyday: Things and Materials in Geographical Analysis; AAG 2019, Washington D.C.

(Re)assembling the Politics of the Everyday: Things and Materials in Geographical Analysis Organizers Siddharth Menon (UW-Madison) Andrew Grant (CU-Boulder) Geographers and scholars in the social sciences and humanities are increasingly interrogating the social and political life of materials, ranging from smaller things like faucets, walls, and chairs to larger transnational infrastructure projects […]

Conference Panel: Gender, Materiality & Development in the Himalayas: A Critical Geographic Perspective; AAS-in-Asia 2018, New Delhi

Panel Title: Gender, Materiality & Development in the Himalayas: A Critical Geographic Perspective. Panel Abstract: The Himalayan mountain region is experiencing rapid change in terms of state led development practices, urbanization, and neoliberal globalization across national divides. How do local people based on caste, class, and gender deal with these changes? What kind of new […]

Talk: Humanitarian Engineering Symposium, MSU-Denver

Will be speaking at the Humanitarian Engineering Symposium, organized by the Humanitarian Engineering Club at Metropolitan State University (MSU) Denver. Details below: Title: “Of Mud and Modernity: Building with earth in Rural India” Date: Friday, April 20, 2018 Time: 2.35 pm Symposium Schedule

Talk: American Association of Geographers Preview- Student Talks

Four Geography graduate students will present a preview of the talks they will give at the American Association of Geographers (AAG) meeting in New Orleans April 10-14, 2018: Sarah Tynen: State Territorialization through Bureaucratic Control: Authoritarian Governance at the Neighborhood Level in China   Aaron Malone: Diaspora Bureaucracy? Formalizing emigrant engagement and the evolution of Mexico’s 3×1 Program […]

Public: Feature in With traditional wisdom and ecofriendly practices, these startups are building sustainable houses Shruti Kedia     posted on 10th March 2018 These individuals and startups are on a mission to reduce carbon footprint and are working to safeguard the environment through architecture and construction of ecofriendly buildings. As India gets ready to brace the summer, the warning […]