Tag Archives: Concrete


Below is a collection of essays and articles written by social science and humanities scholars about one of the most widely found materials on earth: concrete. This list has been compiled with the assistance of countless colleagues and peers at conferences and workshops over the last few years. I hope it will be useful for […]

PUBLIC: Episode 3: Architect + Geographer Siddharth Menon

The following podcast interview was conducted by Lauren Gifford for Carbon Social Club where we spoke about concrete, architecture, and rapidly transforming urban environments in the Global South. To listen to the whole interview, please visit https://www.carbonsocialclub.com/episodes/episode-3-architect-geographer-siddharth-menon

Public: The Social Life of Concrete

The following interview was conducted by GBSNP Varma and published in Fountain Ink Magazine in their February 2020 issue. To read the whole interview, please visit https://fountainink.in/qna/the-social-life-of-concrete- Things around us shape us, influence us, and create an experience. They shape our environments, our economies and our life in perhaps not so obvious a manner. Things […]

Talk: Holtz Center for STS Brown Bag, UW-Madison

As a recipient of 2018-2020 Holtz Center Top-Up Fellowship, I will be presenting my upcoming research on cement/concrete construction in India along with other student award winners at the Holtz Center Brown Bag Series. The Graduate Student Award Winners Panel will take place on Thursday, December 5, 12.30-1.30 PM in 8411 Social Sciences. Please find […]


I will be speaking at the History of Science Brown Bag Lecture Series at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Many thanks to Prof. Pablo Gomez for the invitation. The talk is titled “Gendering Cement, Cementing Gender: The Puccafication of Subjectivities in Urbanizing India.” Please find a working abstract below. Houses in the Kangra valley of Himachal […]


Below are some images from preliminary dissertation fieldwork conduction by the author in Kochi, Kerala during Summer 2019.

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 […]


Below is the abstract and a link to my MA thesis (2018) in Geography from the University of Colorado at Boulder titled, “(De)Constructing Concrete: Meaning & Materiality in Postcolonial India.” Many thanks to my thesis advisor: Prof. Mara Goldman and committee members: Prof. Tim Oakes, Prof. Yaffa Truelove, and Prof. Shawhin Roudbari for their constructive […]

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 […]

Research: Concrete & Boulder

This is a misguide assignment for GEOG  6742, a Cultural Geography Seminar by Professor Tim Oakes. The aim of the misguide assignment is to look at your place/landscape from a tourist gaze by a developing a cultural geography of practice in order to more fully understand the ways places/landscapes are represented and made. Some misguide […]