history(s) and politics of Popular and Visual Culture, representation and techno-politics; history(s) and theories of Design and Architecture (19th and 20th centuries, western and non-western); histories of comparative/ alternate modernities in Design and Architecture (Asia, Latin America and Africa);
social and cultural formation(s) of knowledge, professions and institutions; Anthropology of Popular Culture; Anthropology and History of South Asia; nationalism, colonialism and (post)colonialism; feminist, Marxian, phenomenological and poststructural theory
game and design analysis; design-as-interpretive act(ion); representation and design thinking; design as interaction; design-as-translation and editing; in-order-to vs. because-of design thinking
Forthcoming - “Design and Architecture in the Age of (techno)Logical (re)Production,” in
Theorizing a new Agenda for architecture: beyond the canon
, edited by NnamdiElleh, Princeton Architectural Press.
Forthcoming - “Being in the (historian’s) world
” Review of Architecture's Historical Turn: Phenomenology and the Rise of the Postmodern
by Jorge Otero Pailos “Architecture Theory Review (ATR), Australia.
2011 - “Living Cities Design Competition Recap,” Trim Tab
, Vol. 10
2011 - “Registering Architects in India Today,” Journal of Asian Urbanism, Sept, no. 5.
2011 - “Architectonic Improvisations: Modernity and Design(s) in Postcolonial India,” in
Modern Makeovers:The Oxford Handbook of Modernity in South Asia
, Edited by SaurabhDube and Ishita Banerjee-Dube, Oxford University Press, New Delhi.
2007 - “Redevelopment of Khirki Village,” Delhi Urban Arts Commission (along with TVB School of habitat Studies).
2006 - "Notions of Modernity." review of Unbecoming Modern: Colonialism, Modernity, Colonial Modernities
edited by SaurabhDube, Ishita Banerjee-Dube; Social Science Press, New Delhi, 2006
Economic and Political Weekly
41 (43), 4583-4594.
2005 - “Imagining Delhi: ShamnathMarg” (along with TVB School of Habitat Studies) in the
Journal of Landscape Architecture
. vol. IV, no. 2, 32-35.
National and International Recognition (selected):
2011 - “Cities that learn award,” (with A. B. Lall Architects) Living City Design Competition, International Living Future Institute, Vancouver, British Columbia.
2007 - Conference Travel Grant, Cornell University.
2006-07 - American Institute of Indian Studies, Junior Research Fellowship (Hon. Mention).
2005-06 - Research Associate, TVB School of Habitat Studies, New Delhi India.
2005-06 - Sage Fellowship, Cornell University.
2004 - A. Henry Detweiler Fund Traveling Fellowship, Cornell University.
2004 - Mario Einaudi International Research Travel Grant, Cornell University.
An obsessive compulsive multi-disciplinarian, Jaideep is trained as an architect, a historian and an anthropologist. With a Doctorate(s) in History of Art, Architecture and Urbanismand in Socio-cultural Anthropology from Cornell University, Jaideep’s academic enquiries traverse questions of design, visual culture, techno-politics, social formation of expertise, popular culture and nationalism. His research on architects, and design as a form(s) of expertise and expert identity in postcolonial India has been published with prestigious academic presses worldwide. Having taught at several universities, including Cornell, The University of Cincinnati, and he is, at present, an Associate Professor of Anthropology and Design at the Shiv Nadar University.
In addition to his academic pursuits, Jaideep also actively collaborates with designers, architects, artists and filmmakers. Most recently he (along with A. B. Lall) was awarded the “Cities that learn Award” in the Living Cities Design Competition organized by the Living Cities Foundation, Washington DC.
In his free time, he loves to cook, deconstruct everything from milk cartons to restaurant menus and watch movies till hell freezes over.