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The twentieth and twenty-first centuries have witnessed numerous projects that link planning praxis to strategies of structural change. For the last two generations, the state of Kerala in 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. 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.
Greg Albo, Department of Politics, York University
Ranu Basu, Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change, York University
Kanishka Goonewardena, Geography and Planning, University of Toronto
Justin Podur, Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change, York University
Moderator: Stefan Kipfer, Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change, York University
Sponsored by the following York University units: Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change, Graduate and Undergraduate programs in Development Studies and African Studies, York Centre for Asian Research, and the Department of Politics