Smruti Koppikar on Cities in Crises

Team India Culture Lab

28 August 2020

This year’s series of masterclasses for the Leadership Programme 2020 closed with a session by journalist and urban chronicler, Smruti Koppikar. Smruti talked to us about the cities, pandemics and the inequalities that bring on crisis points in cities particularly in relation to identity and nativist self-identification.

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Anushka Shah on media and civic participation

Team Culture Lab

15 August 2020

Our Lab team met MIT Media Lab researcher Anushka in 2018 when we collaborated for our first event together, ‘The Past, Present, and Future of Civic Entertainment in India’. The event marked the launch of the framework that uses entertainment media to encourage citizens to become active civic participants. We crossed paths again in 2019 for the event ‘Crime and Punishment in Indian Entertainment’, this time in collaboration with Civic Studios, Anushka’s brainchild and one of the most exciting media projects on the interwebs today. To speak more about the pioneering work that they’ve been doing in the Indian media landscape, Anushka joined us for a masterclass with our Leadership Programme batch of 2020 and a few Lab alums.

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Countdown to Queeristan | Parmesh’s Queer Reading List
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TEAM CULTURE LAB

11 August 2020

From memoirs, to fiction to anthology, here's a reading list to explore before Queeristan launches! 

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Book Excerpt: Queeristan

Parmesh Shahani

7 August 2020

Lab head Parmesh Shahani’s new book Queeristan traces his journey of advocating for LGBTQ inclusion in corporate India, spanning across boardrooms, business schools, college campuses, cultural spaces, global conferences and more. In this excerpt, Parmesh reminisces about the people who have inspired his efforts as well as influenced his approach to authoring this book. Read on!

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Padmini Ray Murray on rethinking design practice

TEAM CULTURE LAB

7 August 2020

Padmini Ray Murray held a class with us that took us through her paradigm of ‘design thinking’. She’s a consultant researcher and creative practitioner who founded Design Beku, which is a collective that emerged from a desire to explore how technology and design can be more locally rooted, relevant, and ethical. Read on for video games and design justice! 

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Book Excerpt: Those Magnificent Women and Their Flying Machines by Minnie Vaid

Minnie Vaid

30 July 2020

Author and Lab speaker Minnie Vaid’s book ‘Those Magnificent Women and Their Flying Machines’ provides a window into the largely unknown and unfamiliar world of women space scientists in India—their initial struggles, their work and its challenges, their families and their triumphs. Read on for an excerpt from the book.

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Bridging the Gap: The Digital Gender Divide in the Times of Social Distancing

Lab Team

29 July 2020

Twitter chat leading upto our virtual #WomenInSTEM event!

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RAJYASHRI GOODY ON HER ARTISTIC PRACTICE AND THE CASTE POLITICS OF FOOD

TEAM CULTURE LAB

25 July 2020

Artist Rajyashri Goody spoke to our #CultureLabFellows2020 about food, caste and resistance in a thought provoking and poetic session as part of our masterclass series. Read on for take-aways from the session.

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