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David Jeevendrampillai

David Jeevendrampillai

E-mail: david.jeevendrampillai.10@ucl.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 8837

Teaching Fellow in Digital Anthropology

2016 University College London, PhD in Anthropology
2006 Royal Holloway University of London, MA Cultural Geography
2003 University of Manchester, BSc (Hons) Geography

Research Interests

My research interests are broadly focused around the ways in which human identity emerges through a sense of belonging to place. In particular I am interested in the materiality of place and its relation to the body, scales of social relation and the wider socio-political landscape. My PhD focused on the notion of 'Being Local' in suburban London as a critical investigation into belonging and citizenship in late liberal democratic societies. Here I was interested in how local identity emerged through the tension of self and society at a range of scales (local, national, global) and through the processes of deliberation regarding the management of the built environment particular via urban planners, academics and other 'experts'. In this work I explored the anthropology of play, stupidity, digital mapping, big data, meetings, community action, art and festivals. More recently I have been interested in the same issues but with a total change of scale as I consider the emergence of earth as a material object. Focusing on the role of space narratives, imagery in particular I am interested in how 'globe talk' (global warming, globalism, global economy and so on) has emerged as a particular efficacious scale of social relation. I am working towards trying to understand how this cosmological vision of the future intersects with other notions of cosmology and future at sites of space science. I am currently researching how this narrative can be investigated anthropologically, how is a global hegemonic narrative established and what tools do we have to investigate them ethnographically? This may lead me away from ethnographic practice whereby place is a container for culture and I'm starting to think through ethnography as generative of place. I also have a strong interest in the links between anthropology in academia and anthropology in the professional world and conduct ethnographic consultation via my associate position at Human City. I also have a strong interest in creativity in ethnography and the role of art practice in anthropological thinking. I have experience in theatre and festival curation and have held major exhibitions around Europe where I combine art practice and anthropological thinking.

Select Publications

- Carroll, T.  Jeevendrampillai, D. Parkhurst, A, Shaklesford, J (eds) (2017) When Things Do Wrong: Material Cultures of Failure. Bloomsbury, London.

- Being Suburban'.in Urban Suburbanities. Vaughan, L. (Ed).  UCL Press.  2015.

- 'Making Space for Each Other' in Spatial Cultures Griffiths, S (Ed).  Ashgate. Forthcoming. 2016.

- Mapping Failure: Unpacking the Digital Silence. In Carroll, T.  Jeevendrampillai, D. Parkhurst, A, Shaklesford, J (2017) When Things Do Wrong: Material Cultures of Failure. Bloomsbury, London. Forthcoming. 2017

- Introduction: An Anthropology of Failure.. In Carroll, T.  Jeevendrampillai, D. Parkhurst, A, Shaklesford, J (2017) When Things Do Wrong: Material Cultures of Failure. Bloomsbury, London. Forthcoming. 2017.

- 'Walking in Surbiton' in Tilley, C (Ed) Another way of telling: London's Urban Landscape: Phenomenology and the Experience of the City. Bloomsbury. Forthcoming 2017

- Making: Anthropology, Archaeology, Art and Architecture, by Tim Ingold. Anthropological Forum: Vol24 (1) 23 May 2014

- City suburbs: placing suburbia in a post suburban world by Alan Mace.  Environment & Planning (D). Vol 40 (6) 2013.

Conference Chair & Organisation.

- Conference Organiser: Towards an Anthropology of Outer Space, UCL Institute of Advanced Studies, London, 18th Sept 2017.

- Conference Chair: Planetary Poetics, UCL Institute of Advanced Studies, London, 23rd Sept 2017.

- Session Organiser: The Anthropology of Failure: American Anthropological Association (AAA) Annual Conference, Chicago, November. 2013

- Session Organiser & Chair: Moving Notions of ownership and personhoods, control & materiality of the built environment.  American Anthropological Association (AAA) Annual Conference, November 2012

- Chair; Sustainability: Concepts and Materiality. UCL, London. (In conjunction with the Sustainability Reading and Research Group of the Anthropology Department and sponsored by the Environment Institute, UCL). 18th May 2012.

- Session Organiser & Chair:  Sub/urban Adaptability: Continuity and Change.  At RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2012, University of Edinburgh 3-5 July. 2013

- Workshop Organiser & Chair:  The Creativity of Property: An Interdisciplinary Workshop on the Reinvention of Ownership 26th June 2012.

Selected Conference Presentations

- Being Stupid in the Suburbs. The Social Productivity of Being Stupid. The American Anthropological Association (AAA) Annual Conference, Washington DC, 2017.

- The Anthropology of Gravity, Towards An Anthropology of Outer Space, UCL Institute of Advanced Studies, London, 18th Sept 2017.

- Citiznshit in the Suburbs, Medical Materialities, UCL London Summer 2015

- Vacillating Fish of the Suburbs: The American Anthropological Association (AAA) Annual Conference, Washington DC, 2014.

- Mapping the Digital Silence, the Anthropology of Failure. The American Association of Anthropologists Annual Conference, Chicago, 2013

- How We Are Not Doing Ethnography in Britain.  With Timothy Carroll, Lab UK, UCL Anthropology department workshop.  2013.

- Spatial Cultures Workshop, University College London 'Scales and gaps: multi-disciplinary methods for research in suburban spaces', 2013.

- Jeevendrampillai, D. and Dhanani A. (2012) Classifying Historical Business Directory Data: Issues of Translation between Geographical and Ethnographic Contributions to a Community PPGIS Project. Presented at: Geospatial in the Cultural Heritage domain, past, present and future JISC GECO (Geospatial Engagement and Community Outreach) conference, James Reid ed, Kings College London, 7 Mar 2012.

- Remembering Matters: Walking Tours and Local Histories As a Form of Local Citizenship.  Presented at The American Association of Anthropologists Annual Conference, San Francisco 14th - 18th November 2012