Monsoon Assemblages is a five-year research project funded by the European Research Council, looking at the South Asian monsoon as a social, political, cultural and aesthetic phenomenon as well as a meteorological one. Its ambition is to confront challenges of urban climate change through novel, theoretically-driven spatial enquiries into the impacts of urbanisation on monsoon climates in three of South Asia’s rapidly growing cities: Chennai, Delhi and Dhaka, with wider application for other cities. It is being carried out by an inter-disciplinary research team led by Professor Lindsay Bremner. Professor Simon Joss is a member of the Advisory Board for Monsoon Assemblages.
Over the next three years, Monsoon Assemblages will convene three Monsoon Assemblies. These will be structured around the monsoon’s three material elements: Monsoon Airs, Monsoon Waters and Monsoon Grounds. These will be one-day long symposia made up of very broad inter-disciplinary round table discussions and a key-note address.
Contributions are invited for the first of these, Monsoon Assembly Air, in the form of 150–200 word abstracts for either papers or creative, practice-based contributions such as performances, musical compositions, photography or video.
The submission deadline is 15 January 2017.