Past Events

Inequality and Poverty Weekly Research Seminar. This was a two hour weekly session at which we discussed selected texts on different intellectual themes related to researching inequality and poverty. Issues discussed included the relationship between inequality and poverty; the notion of the ‘culture of poverty’; class, caste and gender; different approaches to class analysis; the debate on free and un-free labour; formal and informal labour; a critique of primitive accumulation; a materialist approach versus a populist approach in our analysis; and the relationship between the environment, inequality and poverty.  We were fortunate in having many of the authors whose work we read join us for these sessions. These included: Professor Jan Breman, Professor Mike Savage, Professor Jonathan Parry, Professor Henry Bernstein, Professor Barbara Harriss-White and Professor Sivaramakrishnan.

Ethics in Ethnographic Research. This was a one-day workshop on 19 March 2014 to discuss the tricky issues of ethics in ethnographic research. Our professional codes of ethics (ASA and AAA) are extremely useful in providing anthropologists with ethical frameworks. This workshop’s impetus came, however, from the fact that too often the ethical requirements set by our research councils do not sufficiently take into account our particular needs in relation to ethical concerns. We discussed in detail eight cases through which anthropologists had to negotiate very tricky ethical terrain.

Agrarian Change Seminar Series. Hosted by the Journal of Agrarian Change. At the School of Oriental and African Studies.

Other seminars and events have included:

Inequality, Industry and Poverty: LSE and Max Planck Two Day Round Table.
Thursday 24 – Friday 26 June 2014.
Max Planck Institute, Halle.
Programme

Hierarchy, Oppression and Exploitation.
A discussion with David Graeber.
(Professor, Department of Anthropology, LSE).
Thursday 19 June 2014: 4.00-6.00pm.
6.06 A, 6th Floor, Old Building, LSE.
All welcome as long as you have done the readings. 

How Inclusive is India’s Growth?
Speaker: K P Kannan. 
(Honorary Professor of Development Economics, Institute of Human Development, New Delhi).
Friday 13 June 2014: 2.00-4.00pm.

6.06 A, 6th Floor, Old Building, LSE.

Poverty Measurements, Processes and Social Security Measures in India.
Half day seminar. Thursday 12 June 2014: 2.00-6.30pm.
Seligman Library, 6th Floor, Old Building, LSE.

Panel A: 2.00-4.00 pm.
The Long Road to Social Security Measures in India.
Speaker: K P Kannan.
(Honorary Professor of Development Economics, Institute of Human Development, New Delhi).

Panel B: 4.30-6.30pm.
Poverty in India.
The Social Face of Poverty in India: Macro-economic Data.
Speaker: K P Kannan.
(Honorary Professor of Development Economics, Institute of Human Development, New Delhi).
India Today: Processes of Persistent Poverty.
Speakers: Stuart Corbridge and John Harriss.
(Stuart Corbridge is Provost and Professor of Development Studies, LSE). 
(John Harriss is Professor, School for International Studies, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver).

From Ideology to Cognition: what cognitive anthropology might tell us about various dimensions of inequality.
A discussion with Maurice Bloch.
(Professor Emeritus, Department of Anthropology, LSE).
Thursday 5 June 2014: 4.00-6.00pm.
6.06 A, 6th Floor, Old Building, LSE.
All welcome as long as you have done the readings.

Caste and Race.
A discussion with Chris Fuller.
(Professor, Department of Anthropology, LSE).
Friday 30 May 2014: 2.00-4.00pm.
6.06 A, 6th Floor, Old Building, LSE.
All welcome as long as you have done the readings.

Dalit Solidarity Network.
Speaker: Meena Verma.
(Director, Dalit Solidarity Network).
Wednesday 28 May 2014: 12.30-2pm.
6.06 A, 6th Floor, Old Building, LSE.

Working for the Few: Political Capture and Economic Inequality
A seminar with Ricardo Fuentes-Nieva on the recent Oxfam report on inequality.
(Research Director, Oxfam).
Discussant: Sir John Hills.
(Professor of Social Policy, Director of Center for Analysis of Social Exclusion, LSE).
Wednesday 28 May 2014: 4.30-6.00pm.
Seligman Library, 6th Floor, Old Building, LSE.

Reframing Inequalities LSE Law Department One Day Conference.
This British Academy one-day conference is organised by Dr Mara Malagoldi and Professor Nicky Lacey in the LSE Law Department.
Thursday 22 May 2014.
Thai Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE.
Please see their website for further details and registration.

Poverty Measurements.
Speaker: Ravi Srivastava.
(Professor of Economics, Centre for Study of Regional Development, Jawaharlal Nehru University).
Friday 16 May 2014: 2.00-4.00pm.
6.06 A, 6th Floor, Old Building, LSE.

Boundedness and Supra-locality: Assessing Change in a Village in Eastern Uttar Pradesh, India, 1994-2012.
Speaker: Ravi Srivastava.
(Professor of Economics, Centre for Study of Regional Development, Jawaharlal Nehru University).
Discussant: John Harriss.
(Professor, School for International Studies, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver).
Thursday 15 May 2014: 4.30-6.30pm.
Seligman Library, 6th Floor, Old Building, LSE.

Debates in Economics on Growth and Poverty in India.
Please note this event has been cancelled. 
A discussion with Matthew McCartney.
(Professor, School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies, Oxford).
Thursday 15 May 2014: 2.00-4.00pm.
6.06 A, 6th Floor, Old Building, LSE.
This session is especially for anthropologists who are welcome as long as they have done the readings.

Dalit Discrimination in Contemporary India and in the UK – 123rd Birth Anniversary Commemoration of Dr Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar.
Speakers: Arun Kumar, Jayaseelan Raj, Clarinda Still, Santosh Das.
Chair: Alpa Shah.
Thursday 8 May 2014: 10.00am-12.00pm.
Seligman Library, 6th Floor, Old Building, LSE.
Jointly organised with the Federation of Ambedkarite and Buddhist Organisations, UK and the Asia Research Centre, LSE.
This seminar will be followed by an event at the House of Lords.

Inequality and Poverty in South Asia.
Two day workshop. Thursday 24 and Friday 25 April 2014.
Seligman Library, 6th Floor, Old Building, LSE.

Dalits and Adivasis in India’s Business Economy: Three Essays and an Atlas.
A discussion with Professor Barbara Harriss-White on her most recent book.
(Senior Research Fellow, School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies, Oxford).
Tuesday 22 April 2014: 5.00-7.00pm.
SOAS Brunei Gallery, B320.
Organised by the SOAS Labour Cluster.

Caste and Waste 
One day brainstorming workshop. Monday 24 March 2014.
Organised at Oxford by Barbara Harriss-White and Alfy Gaythorne-Hardy.
(Barbara Harriss-White is Senior Research Fellow, School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies, Oxford).
(Alfy Gaythorne-Hardy is Research Fellow, School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies, Oxford).

Indigenous Activism: Critical Perspectives from Bangladesh.
Tuesday 18 March 2014: 4.00-6.00pm.
6.06 A, 6th Floor, Old Building, LSE.

Cowboys in India.
With Director Simon Chambers.
Friday 14 March 2014: 4.00-6.30pm.
6.06 A, 6th Floor, Old Building, LSE.
The film screening will be followed by a discussion with Simon Chambers on his 2009 documentary made for Channel 4 about the conflict surrounding the Vedanta mining operations in Orissa.

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