First Subsistence Marketplaces Bottom-Up Immersion Conference

Conference Description

The stream of subsistence marketplaces has pioneered a unique, bottom-up approach to research, education, and practice at the intersection of poverty and marketplaces. Building on six conferences in the last decade and accompanying publications, we now initiate the first immersion conference on subsistence marketplaces. True to the bottom-up approach that characterizes subsistence marketplaces research, this new series of conferences is envisioned to take place in different continents over time, thus providing an opportunity for researchers, educators, practitioners, and students to engage directly with urban and rural subsistence marketplaces, through conversations and observations.

During the first immersion conference, organizers will enable field visits to explore urban, semi-urban, and rural subsistence communities near Chennai and Delhi. We envision submissions in the form of a statement of interests in the realm of subsistence marketplaces, that would then be discussed and explored through field visits during the conference. The organizers will work with participants to accommodate special requests to maximize immersive learning opportunities. The conference will also feature professional development workshops for junior scholars and doctoral students. The two distinct parts of the schedule, based on geographic locations, will allow for some flexibility to accommodate constraints. Details will be developed over time and the description above is tentative and subject to changes based on responses from potential participants.

We look forward to hosting you during this unique immersive conference.


Arrival in Chennai – January 3rd evening or night
Field visits and debriefs – January 4-6
Travel to Delhi  – January 7
Field visits – January 8 and 9
Departure from Delhi – evening of January 9 or later
Optional visits to Taj Mahal, Agra, and Delhi sightseeing – January 10-11 (Subject to demand; nominal charges apply)

Conference Director: Madhu Viswanathan, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Student Coordinator: Arun Sreekumar, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Location: Chennai and Delhi, India

Dates: January 4, 2018 - January 9, 2018