City Scripts, the IIHS urban writings festival, is a three-day celebration of city writing with a commitment to catalysing discourse around urban issues in the Global South. The opening panel on 16 February
is titled Theorising the Urban: Academic Writing as a form of Knowledge Production, which will explore academic text as a specific written form of engaging with the city. In addition to IIHS faculty, this session will feature NS Gundur from Tumkur University, Padmini Ray Murray from Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology and Kaveri Gill from Shiv Nadar University.
The festival will also feature sessions on Wikipedia as a form of knowledge production; Bengaluru’s platform economy; and technology’s role in reframing citizen participation. Possibly the first time in a writing festival, librarians of different institutions including IISc, RRI, Goethe Institut, and the Indian Institute of Astrophysics will discuss issues including the imaginations of libraries in the future and conservation of heritage libraries.
Indian historian, novelist and political and social essayist Mukul Kesavan, Bruce Lee Mani from Thermal and a Quarter, Paromita Vohra, Vasanthi Hariprakash, Anjum Hasan, The Alipore Post, Aravani Art Project and many more will be part panel discussions, masterclasses, workshops, poetry sessions and live art.
City Scripts is open to the public and entry is free. Please click here for more details