Urban Anthropology

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the psycho-geography of public transport

  • Posted by Nazima Kadir
An Amsterdam-based friend who happens to be in London wants to re-connect. Amsterdam is a culinary desert, and knowing her taste, I arrange for us to have lunch in a South Indian restaurant on Ealing Road. Ealing Road is known as “the Asian Jewel,” a South Asian neighborhood in Wembley.  “It’s overwhelmingly Brown here,” she […]
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Foggy months

  • Posted by Nazima Kadir
Well, its nearly August 2017 and the last time I posted was in November 2016.  I realize that the last half of 2016 was a daze. I had moved from an innovation consultancy to a design agency. My book came out. Brexit happened. And then no. 45. I won’t even say his name.  The U.S […]
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Back! A summary of the last 18 months

  • Posted by Nazima Kadir
This is my first post since November 2014. I feel guilty for having neglected my blog but I’m not going to apologize to avoid contributing to the genre of ‘internet apologia.’ Another post will explore the collective psychology of this bizarre form of guilt. To whom is one apologizing? Does anyone even notice or care? […]
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Observational Skills Workshop Amsterdam March 2014

  • Posted by Nazima Kadir
In March, the artist Maria Pask and I designed and facilitated an observational skills workshop as a public art event in the Red Light District of Amsterdam. The event was curated by the the Oude Kerk, the oldest church (and building) in Amsterdam which no longer functions as a place of worship. Instead, its a foundation that […]
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Athens, Athens, Athens November 2013 and June 2014

  • Posted by Nazima Kadir
During the past few months, I’ve had the privilege of experiencing two trips to Athens. Presenting at the Athens Biennale was the purpose of the first trip. In addition to preparing and presenting 2 lectures, my husband and I spent every waking moment trying to absorb and understand this incredible city. Three days was not enough, […]
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Circumventing Guilt: A compressed overview of 5 months of activities

  • Posted by Nazima Kadir
Its early May and I haven’t blogged since the beginning of the year. The good news is that I’ve been so busy with various projects – commercial, academic, and artistic– that I haven’t had time. The bad news is that I feel choked with guilt when I neglect my blog. Part of the reason for […]
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Digital Ethnographic Mapping

  • Posted by Nazima Kadir
I am currently working with a public sector client to develop a communication strategy for the stakeholders (charities, public service providers, community groups) in one of the poorest neighborhoods in the UK. For most private and public sector organizations, social media has become the default mode of communicating with the public. However, the stakeholders in […]
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Report on Learning from Kilburn #1: Course on Observational Skills October 2013

  • Posted by Nazima Kadir
I just taught a workshop on observational skills for the program, Learning from Kilburn, a tiny experimental university program that is currently happening weekly along various spaces on Kilburn High Road, from October 2013 until March 2014 . The program is initiated and directed by Spacemakers. The project’s brief is to teach a set of […]