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October 2019

Rebuilding ‘RiskScapes’: post-flood Kerala 2018

October 9, 2019 @ 5:15 pm - 7:00 pm
Room G51a, Main Building, SOAS United Kingdom + Google Map

Ravi Raman (State Planning Board, Kerala, India) What could be the best political-ecological-ethical philosophy on which a devastated state like Kerala bases its efforts to transform its ‘RiskScape’? The paper engages with the complexities involved in rebuilding Kerala in the Indian south in the wake of the disastrous floods that ravaged the stat in June-August 2018. It will problematize the nature of the disaster and its consequences, the rescue, relief and rebuilding processes in the larger context of society-nature relations,…

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Rural class formation and accumulation from below: artisanal gold mining in South Kivu, DR Congo

October 23, 2019 @ 5:15 pm - 7:00 pm
Room G51a, Main Building, SOAS United Kingdom + Google Map

Ben Radley (LSE)

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Farm workers in the land grab: evidence from Uganda and Tanzania

October 30, 2019 @ 5:15 pm - 7:00 pm
Room G51a, Main Building, SOAS United Kingdom + Google Map

Elisa Greco (Catholic University of Lille, France)

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November 2019

From jornaleros to soyeros? Class formation amongst smallholders in Bolivia’s eastern lowlands, 1990-2017

November 13, 2019 @ 5:15 pm - 7:00 pm
Room G51a, Main Building, SOAS United Kingdom + Google Map

Enrique Castañón Ballivián (SOAS)

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Rethinking technological change in smallholder agriculture

November 27, 2019 @ 5:15 pm - 7:00 pm
Room G51a, Main Building, SOAS United Kingdom + Google Map

Dominic Glover (IDS Sussex)

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January 2020

Dispossession, work, and the politics of acquiescence in a tribal coal mining village in India

January 9 @ 5:15 pm - 7:00 pm
Room G51a, Main Building, SOAS United Kingdom + Google Map

Itay Noy (LSE) Indigenous communities' responses to extractive industrialisation and concomitant land dispossession have most commonly been cast in terms of overt protest, led by local leaders and activists. Drawing on fieldwork in a mining-affected tribal village in Jharkhand, eastern India, this paper shows by contrast how dispossession can lead to processes of co-option, socioeconomic differentiation, and shifts in political relations within communities that generate not resistance but acquiescence. It illustrates how local leaders and ostensible mining activists can become…

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Rethinking technological change in smallholder agriculture

January 23 @ 5:15 pm - 7:00 pm
Room G51a, Main Building, SOAS United Kingdom + Google Map

Dominic Glover (IDS Sussex) Technological change remains at the centre of strategies aiming to boost smallholder agriculture. Two main approaches stand out: agro-ecological farming methods such as the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) and transgenic technologies, e.g. Bt cotton. While their nature and impacts differ, these may have something in common. Based on more than 14 years of experience in research, policy analysis and communication on technological change, Dominic Glover argues that there is an intriguing symmetry in the ways in…

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February 2020

Venezuela’s Twenty-First Century Socialist Agriculture: A Fordist Neo- Populism?

February 6 @ 5:15 pm - 7:00 pm
Room G51a, Main Building, SOAS United Kingdom + Google Map

Aaron Kappeler (University of Edinburgh) Based on two years of fieldwork in a state-run, agro-industrial farm in the home state of the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, this talk explores the impact of agrarian reform on rural livelihoods and the relationships that have emerged between peasant farming cooperatives and state enterprises. Taking its inspiration from the work of Bernstein and Byres, it theorizes the coupling of large-scale Fordist factory farms with smallholder led systems and the ways in which regulated…

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Masters of the Countryside and Their Enemies: Class Relations and Agrarian Changes in Rural Java

February 20 @ 5:15 pm - 7:00 pm
Room G51a, Main Building, SOAS United Kingdom + Google Map

Muhtar Habibi (SOAS): POSTPONED DUE TO UCU STRIKE

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March 2020

Land for industry: State, Dominant Class, and the Politics of Rural Accumulation in Maharashtra, India

March 5 @ 5:15 pm - 7:00 pm
Room G51a, Main Building, SOAS United Kingdom + Google Map

Mihika Chatterjee (University of Oxford): POSTPONED DUE TO UCU STRIKE

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