Sustainability in India’s rapidly developing urban areas

3/15/2018 6:00 PM

Sustainability in India’s rapidly developing urban areas Envisioning the Future and Understanding the Realities of India’s Urban Ecologies

An Interdisciplinary Conference hosted by Kennesaw State University in conjunction with our 'Year of India' program and in collaboration with Georgia State University's Urban Studies Institute and the Consulate of India, Atlanta.

Dates: March 15 - 17, 2018

India, a land of ancient wisdom and cultural world heritage, is home to the world’s first cities. In the last twenty years it has experienced unprecedented growth, development, and change, altering its physical, cultural, and social landscape with dramatic effect. Today, its cities embody a paradoxical mix of globalization, modernity, and advanced technology with regionalism, tradition, and religion, juxtaposed with extreme poverty and inequality.

Sustainability, in all its facets has emerged as a key problem in India’s development story. Urbanization is not an independent variable of development, but an integral part and product of the development process itself. Therefore, there is a need to understand urban issues as part of a larger development process affecting both rural and urban communities and livelihoods, employing historical and contemporary perspectives (with regional and global implications).

Building off research in the fields of Sociology, Biology, and Architecture, the conference will examine contemporary urban growth in India and its effects on the everyday ecologies of its people. Our goal is a more holistic understanding of India’s urban ecologies, their interdependence, and the need for more sustainable strategies for urbanization. India’s cities can provide applicable lessons to the more global concerns of urbanization around the world.

Potential topics include:

Multicultural India: A Visual Journey
Featuring the photography of Robert Arnett

Gallery Hours of operation are:
M-F 9:00am- 4:30pm.
Sat. 9:00am- 2:00pm
KSU Social Science Building Atrium 
402 Bartow Ave, Kennesaw, GA 30144

Poster Session:
"The Indian Garment Industry in Global Context"
Featuring the work of Students from Dr. Jason Rhodes’ courses on Geography.

Early Reception:
March 15, 2018

Friday, March 16th 2018

Saturday, March 17, 2018 

Venues: ​various, above
Registration: $210 regular , $150 students, here
Contact Conference_2018.php, Dan Paracka at

Select papers will be eligible for publication in a special issue of KSU's peer-reviewed Journal of Global Initiatives focused on india.

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