25 Jan 2022


Online seminar and lecture by Noopur Raval.
Tue, 25th January 2022
Organizers: Ignacia Arteaga, Debangana Bose, Katarzyna Cieslik, Juan Del Nido



The arrival of app-based platforms such as Uber, Ola, Zomato and others has transformed access to paid work as well as the biopolitical rhythms and modes of reproducing oneself on a daily basis in urban India. Through a combination of interface design, algorithmic calculations and logics and by harnessing the neoliberal entrepreneurial State aspirations as well as anxieties around unemployment, private digital platforms have become de facto infrastructures for sustaining urban life. Their entrenchment has also created a range of social, cultural and political transformations in quotidian work and life. This talk will discuss these transformations through my ethnographic research on platform work and workers in Benglauru, India’s proverbial IT capital but I will also discuss how apps reshuffle power between different communities in the city.


Dr Noopur Raval is a postdoctoral researcher at the Tandon School of Engineering at New York University. She obtained her PhD in Informatics from the University of California Irvine (2020). She is an interdisciplinary researcher of technology, work and social life and is deeply interested in understanding how technologies contribute to modes of subjectivation. She has also worked with the Wikimedia Foundation, Xerox and Microsoft Research labs in the past.

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