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Photo Credit: Sourav Karmakar (Top 8 shortlist, Photo/Illustration Competition)   Honourable Mention: “Re:Imagine, Re-Design, Re-Claim” Essay  Competition for #UrbanOctober2021 Theme: Beyond the Binary: Queer interactions within the urban realm A few years ago,rainbow flags peppered every major street in my hometown, the secondary city of Kannur in Kerala. While...

Photo Credit: Sourav Karmakar (Top 8 shortlist, Photo/Illustration Competition)   Honourable Mention: “Re:Imagine, Re-Design, Re-Claim” Essay  Competition for #UrbanOctober2021 Theme: Beyond the Binary: Queer interactions within the urban realm Since birth, we are conditioned to view the world through a very binary lens of gender such as male/masculine/man and...

Theme: Mitigating Migration - Impact of Resettlement on Gendered Bodies Within the context of India, where the ‘migrant worker’ is a wide-spread phenomenon, the migrant woman is a citizen who is an integral component of the urban machine, but an anonymous newcomer. Illustration 1 observes women who...

First Prize: “Re:Imagine, Re-Design, Re-Claim” Essay Competition for #UrbanOctober2021 Honourable Mention, Photo/Illustration Competition Theme: Mitigating Migration: Impact of Resettlement on Gendered Bodies Sense of belonging refers to a feeling of being accepted which, in a public space creates a feeling of agency or ownership of that space. Physically,...

First Prize: “Re:Imagine, Re-Design, Re-Claim” Photo/Illustration Competition for #UrbanOctober2021 Theme: Beyond the Binary: Queer interactions within the urban realm. The visual illustrations/mappings are an embellished version of multiple narratives  and experiences that the transgender community faces in their everyday life.  Transgender are striving for a long...

The Covid-19 pandemic abruptly shocked the global economy. Millions of people around the world have been impacted by the pandemic in some way or the other. Cities are at the forefront facing the pandemic and its multidimensional impacts. The impact that Covid-19 has had on...

“I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own” -Audra Lorde, 1981 In 1991, scholar Elizabeth A. Kissling called street harassment a form of sexual terrorism as one never knows when it can happen—or how far it...

#Choosetochallenge how space is ‘dressed’ to fit only capitalist, misogynist heteronormative ideals. Cities are for everyone, from the migrants to the farmers, from the young to the old, from LGBTQI persons to the sex worker. In the 1990s, different streams of academics, like geographers and urban...