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As cites in South India grow in size and number, they have enormous and sometimes detrimental impact on environments and communities at the urban periphery.

How these spaces are imagined, represented and performed, whether through art, media or political debate, has an effect on planning decisions and the sustainability of lifestyles and cultural practices.

Festivals and the performing arts play a key role in the creation of such ‘urban imaginaries’. This research network will focus on ways that performance engages in and represents understandings of place and space.

By bringing together research from the Humanities, Natural and Social Sciences we can come to a more holistic understanding of the significance of performance on the urban periphery.