February 2022 Newsletter

Dear CUAA Community,

Welcome back! I imagine that, by now, many of you have returned to your respective classrooms or studies, and what better way to begin the year than to pencil in a few lectures and workshops?  Take a look at the events and publications below – perhaps of a few will interest you. As always, please continue to send me events, webinars, publications, and professional opportunities. This newsletter is meant to reflect the collective work and interests of our chapter’s community.

The deadline for that information to be included in next month’s newsletter is February 25th. Don’t hesitate to email me at nathan.romine.183 @my.csun.edu

Hoping that you all are healthy, safe, and thriving,


Upcoming Events

Teaching the City Digital Workshop 

How do we teach about the city? What sits at the core of our educational and pedagogical explorations of urban spaces and socialities within Anthropology and its sibling disciplines?

The Critical Urban Anthropology Association (CUAA) will host a digital workshop on April 8, 2022, to explore these questions through a half-day of presentations and conversations. The workshop will feature a keynote address by John L. Jackson, Jr., the Richard Perry University Professor at the University of Pennsylvania; a roundtable featuring interdisciplinary scholars; and a series of lightning talks focused on pedagogical questions and practical case studies.

We invite proposals for 5-minute lightning talks as part of this program. The emphasis for the workshop is on exchanging ideas and providing resources, and thus we invite presentations focused on specific teaching tools or case studies relevant for teaching and learning in Urban Anthropology.

Please see the attached PDF for further information on the program and call for proposals. Submit lightning talk proposals via email by Friday Feb. 18 to CUAA.Teaching@gmail.com. Questions may be addressed to Suzanne Scheld (suzanne.scheld@csun.edu) and Angela Storey (angela.storey@louisville.edu).

Spring Speaker Series

This Spring, the Public Space Research Working Group is hosting a series of speakers in February, March, and May. February’s speaker is confirmed, and the latter two will be announced soon. Keep an eye on the newsletter.

Designing the Public Realm

A presentation and discussion with Alex Bozikovic

February 24, 2022 at 3:30 PST

Register in advance for this meeting:


Alex Bozikovic is the architecture critic for the Globe and Mail and co-author of Toronto Architecture: A City Guide. Bozikovic co-edited House Divided: How the Missing Middle Will Solve Toronto’s Affordability Crisis and has also written for Azure, Dwell, Icon and Metropolis. He won the 2019 President’s Medal for Media in Architecture from the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada for his journalism


The Moving City: Scenes from the Delhi Metro and the Social Life of Infrastructure

Rashmi Sadana, Associate Professor of Anthropology at George Mason University

The Moving City is a rich and intimate account of urban transformation told through the story of Delhi’s Metro, a massive infrastructure project that is reshaping the city’s social and urban landscapes. Ethnographic vignettes introduce the feel and form of the Metro and let readers experience the city, scene by scene, stop by stop, as if they, too, have come along for the ride. Laying bare the radical possibilities and concretized inequalities of the Metro, and how people live with and through its built environment, this is a story of women and men on the move, the nature of Indian aspiration, and what it takes morally and materially to sustain urban life. Through exquisite prose, Rashmi Sadana transports the reader to a city shaped by both its Metro and those who depend on it, revealing a perspective on Delhi unlike any other.