Intuiting a Monsoonal Ethnography in Three Bay of Bengal Cities

Cullen, B. 2020. Intuiting a Monsoonal Ethnography in Three Bay of Bengal Cities. GeoHumanities. Advanced online publication. https://doi.org/10.1080/2373566X.2020.1798800

TitleIntuiting a Monsoonal Ethnography in Three Bay of Bengal Cities
TypeJournal article
AuthorsCullen, B.
Abstract

This visual essay offers an exploration of monsoonal materiality and agency in the urban environments of three cities situated around the Bay of Bengal: Chennai, Dhaka and Yangon. The text and images emerge from a research project exploring intersections between changing monsoon climates and rapid urbanisation in South Asia. Multi-modal, more-than-human ethnography has been employed during the course of research to explore how the lively materiality of the monsoon is entangled within urban lived environments. The essay outlines the process of intuiting a monsoonal ethnography and conveys the power of immersive field experience. By collecting and curating an assemblage of visual material and fieldnotes, this piece seeks to evoke the materiality and agency of the monsoon, itself a complex assemblage that manifests in different ways in different places. The juxtaposition of image and text conveys the generative and multifaceted agency of the monsoon and the urban environments it becomes enmeshed within.

Keywordsmonsoon
urban ethnography
weathering
more-than-human
fieldwork
JournalGeoHumanities
ISSN2373-566X
2373-5678
Year2020
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Publisher's version
License
CC BY-NC-ND 4.0
File Access Level
Open (open metadata and files)
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/2373566X.2020.1798800
Web address (URL)https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/2373566X.2020.1798800
Publication dates
Published online07 Nov 2020

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