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Planning, Democracy, Socialism: Learning from Kerala

A Global South Forum

The 20th and early 21st centuries have witnessed numerous projects that link planning praxis to strategies of structural change. For the last two generations, the state of Kerala, India has been an important reference point in this history of experiments in popular and democratic planning. Focused on a discussion of the just revised People’s Planning: Kerala, Democracy and Development by T.M. Thomas Isaac and Richard W. Franke (New Delhi, 2021), this forum will debate lessons from the Kerala case with all its promises, limitations and contradictions. Needless to add, this discussion takes place in the context of the current pandemic, which too has clarified the urgency of multi-scalar democratic planning–not only to address the immediacy of socio-ecological crisis, but also to lay the building blocks for a new society.

Friday, November 26, 2021, 12:30 – 2 p.m. (EST)

The event will take place on Zoom. Please register via link below.

Prof. Greg Albo, Department of Politics, York University
Prof. Ranu Basu, Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change, York University
Prof. Kanishka Goonewardena, Geography and Planning, University of Toronto
Prof. Justin Podur, Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change, York University

Moderation: Prof. Stefan Kipfer, Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change, York University

Sponsored by the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change, the Graduate and Undergraduate programs in Development Studies and African Studies, the York Centre for Asian Research, and the Department of Politics, York University, Toronto