Malav Kanuga is a doctoral candidate in cultural anthropology at the Graduate Center, City University of New York, trained in studies of space, culture, and power as well as uneven development in an international perspective by the late Neil Smith. As an urban researcher and as an activist, his interests include issues of value, commons, people's movements, and urban development.
- I am presently living between Brooklyn and Mumbai, conducting fieldwork, writing, and participating in various urban campaigns. My research is broadly centered on contemporary struggles around informality, state space, and planning in Mumbai, a city shaped by its deep histories of popular movement as well as many forms of domination and hierarchy. I also teach urban theory at Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute for Architecture and Environmental Studies. I have been involved in various social movements and political currents associated with global justice for over fifteen years, participating in antiwar, pro-commons, autonomy and direct democracy, Zapatismo, queer, and antiracist politics. I am editor of Common Notions, a publishing house and programming platform I founded in 2010 in Brooklyn, NY.
Left Forum 2005
Youth Organizing and Politics in the US:
- Sponsor: Global Left Dialogue
- Chair: Malav Kanuga, Young Democratic Socialists
- Crystal Yakacki, United Students Against Sweatshops
- Jonathan Wilson, Critical Resistance
- Steve Theberge, War Resisters League