The Cultural Life of Motoring: Automobilities and Urban Lives in Mumbai 

On Tuesday, November 7th, the South Asia Center is thrilled to welcome Tarini Bedi to present on The Cultural Life of Motoring: Automobilities and Urban Lives in Tarini Bedi HeadshotMumbai. 

This lecture will focus on the history and present of a community of hereditary taxi-drivers known as chillia in the Indian city of Bombay/Mumbai. It will move between historical archives, oral history, and the lived experiences of driving and repair to explore how the labor of transport-workers in the global south structures circulations, religious and ethnic identities, and urban space. It also explores the shifts in the changing conditions of work in contemporary contexts of globalizing capital and the emergent articulations of “non-consent” that are produced as a result. 

Tarini Bedi is a sociocultural anthropologist who conducts research in South and Southeast Asia. She is Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of urban and political anthropology, anthropology of infrastructure and mobilities, cultural geography, and gender studies. 

The event will take place at 12:30pm in 341 Eggers Hall - we look forward to seeing you there!