Mapping the Kumbh Mela

Interdisciplinary faculty and student research on a “Pop-up Mega City”

Harvard’s Next Case Study: Atlantic’s Quartz Blog Post

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Harvard’s next case study: The logistics and economics behind Kumbh Mela, the largest human gathering in history

“The hope is that by studying a pop-up mega-city, researchers would learn lessons applicable to a wide range of mass gathering events, from refugee camps to music festivals like Burning Man. How do people move en masse? How can the spread of disease be kept in check using minimal technology? The questions aren’t new, but by bringing four major disciplines under one tent—literally—Harvard is creating a new strain of dialogue, one which just might be able to keep up with the crush of the crowd.”

Logan Plaster is an editor and writer in New York, and is the managing editor of Emergency Physicians Monthly. Logan will be at the Kumbh Mela in early February with the team from Harvard School of Public Health.

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Written by Nora Maginn

January 16, 2013 at 2:40 pm

Posted in All, Business, Media

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