Tripta ChandolaResearch Affiliate

Tripta Chandola is an ethnographer based in Delhi. She completed her PhD in 2010 from Queensland University of Technology and a post-doctoral fellowship at the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore (2011-2012). Building upon research on a DFID-funded study on ‘Information society: emergent technologies and development communities in the (global) South’ (2003-2005) in rural and urban Delhi with Professor Jo Tacchi, Dr. Chandola’s thesis explored the everyday interaction and engagement(s) of the residents of a slum settlement in Delhi with their middle-class neighbours through the politics of sound and highlighted how soundscapes are not an apolitical considerations of the background, but are in fact invested with the context’s social, cultural and moral codes. Over the past decade, she has conducted research in diverse areas including the Open source movement in India; piracy cultures (in Nehru Place, one of South Asia’s biggest hardware and software hub); media practices; the politics of marginalisation and violence in the transforming materiality of Delhi and television practices in Singapore with Dr. Tania Lewis as part of the larger ‘Lifestyle in Asia’ project. She is currently working on a book of essays titled, The Right to Love, and Other Essays, drawing on her decade-long research engagements in/with Govindpuri to be published by Institute of Network Cultures, Amsterdam.

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