Choosing Paths, Not Roads

By Madhuri Karak, CUNY Graduate Center § Walking in Niyamgiri, in Odisha, India, never ceased to be a sensorial onslaught for me. There are no asphalt roads, only trails and paths flanked by dense forests. During the monsoons, even these disappear under streams of mud. People commonly distinguish between raasta – road – and jongol raasta, roads in the […]

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Some Organs of My Primate Body

By Daniel Allen Solomon, De Anza College and Cabrillo College § The “monkey temple” on Jakhoo Hill in Shimla hosts a rowdy but well integrated bunch of rhesus macaques. Though the monkeys graze upon the grassy lawns at Jakhoo Mandir, and eat a variety of plant foods from the adjacent city and woodlands, they take […]

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Silo as System: Infrastructural Interventions into the Political Economy of Wheat

By Ateya Khorakiwala, Harvard University § This post underscores how the seemingly straightforward and yet iconic American silo evolved into a different kind of storage infrastructure when it encountered India’s histories and geographies of wheat. The American grain elevator – a specific kind of silo – holds a singular place in the history of architectural […]

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Between Obsolescence and Necessity: The Abiding Nature of Dhalao Infrastructures in Urban India

By Aman Luthra, Johns Hopkins University § If you happen to frequent the broad tree-lined avenues of Chanakyapuri—an upscale neighborhood in New Delhi, India dominated by diplomatic missions and state government offices—you might see Mukta, as I did during the course of my dissertation fieldwork in Delhi from September 2012 to November 2013. Riding atop a […]

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Revisiting the Human in These Multispecies Landscapes

By Jared Margulies, University of Maryland Baltimore County § *Photographs by Indra Kumar, reproduced with permission. Indra shows me some photographs he’s taken recently of a variety of animals. I’m sitting with him as he explains why he took each picture, what he likes (or doesn’t) in each photograph, and their technical merits. These photographs […]

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Reflections upon Seeing a Tiger in the Wild for the First Time

By Jared Margulies, University of Maryland Baltimore County § Editor’s note: Jared‘s post is a first in a series from his fieldwork on conservation in India. October 1, 2015 Field Notes On my way to Gudlupet this morning I saw my first wild Bengal tiger. It was maybe 15 meters from the roadside just in front […]

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Multispecies Methodologies and Human-Elephant Relations

Piers Locke, University of Canterbury and Paul Keil, Macquarie University  § The recent ferment of multispecies research and writing in the humanities and social sciences has redirected our focus to the materiality of lived experience in the biophysical world we share with other species. In so doing, not only has it opened up exciting challenges of intellectual […]

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