The official launch of Alainagaram, a new podcast exploring seacoasts, cities and the urban and political processes they’re entangled in.
Sea coasts around the world and the seas themselves have been integral to the history of urban settlement in terms of the social, cultural and material movements they have enabled. The liminal materiality of seashores have historically engendered fluidity in inhabitation by fishing and nomadic communities. But these geographies are increasingly appropriated by developmental, state and environmental interests, their claims intensified by governmentalities of ecological vulnerability.
This podcast sets up a cross-disciplinary conversation on seacoasts, cities and the urban and political processes they are entangled in. The first series has a geographical focus on the shoreline of Tamil Nadu, on the southeastern coast of India, where interventions post the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami have affected sea change so to speak. Each episode features an invited academic guest to discuss their research on this coastline.