About Tayeba Batool

I am a PhD Candidate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania. My dissertation research engages with the urban and political ecologies of transnational ecological practices in Pakistani cities. My larger interests include post-colonial urbanisms, environmental anthropology, science and technology studies, and multimodal ethnography. I also enjoy rock climbing, hiking, and writing prose. As someone who listens to podcasts frequently and also follows several of NBN's Chanels, I am inspired by the conversations on the platform. I would love to bring attention to new books on Anthropology, Environmental Studies, South Asia, and Urban Studies for a broader public audience and also, use this experience as a learning opportunity to bridge the worlds between dense theory and everyday realities.

Tayeba Batool is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania

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NBN Episodes hosted by Tayeba:

Faiza Moatasim, "Master Plans and Encroachments: The Architecture of Informality in Islamabad" (U Pennsylvania Press, 2023)

October 30, 2023

Master Plans and Encroachments

Faiza Moatasim
Hosted by Tayeba Batool

Among urban designers and municipal officials, the term encroachment is defined as a deviation from the official master plan. But in cities today, suc…

Mathew Gandy, "Natura Urbana: Ecological Constellations in Urban Space" (MIT Press, 2022)

December 30, 2022

Natura Urbana

Matthew Gandy
Hosted by Tayeba Batool

In his new book, Natura Urbana: Ecological Constellations in Urban Space (MIT Press, 2022), Mathew Gandy explores urban nature as a multilayered mater…

Sanaa Alimia, "Refugee Cities: How Afghans Changed Urban Pakistan" (U Pennsylvania Press, 2022)

October 28, 2022

Refugee Cities

Sanaa Alimia
Hosted by Tayeba Batool

Situated between the 1970s Soviet Union's invasion of Afghanistan and the post-2001 War on Terror, Refugee Cities: How Afghans Changed Urban Pakistan …

Álvaro Sevilla-Buitrago, "Against the Commons: A Radical History of Urban Planning" (U Minnesota Press, 2022)

October 21, 2022

Against the Commons

Álvaro Sevilla-Buitrago
Hosted by Tayeba Batool

Characterized by shared, self-managed access to food, housing, and basic conditions for a creative life, the commons are essential for communities to …