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24th and 25th April 2014
Seligman Library, 6th Floor, Old Building, LSE
Workshop on ‘Inequality and Poverty in South Asia’

Professor Staffan Lindberg who attended the workshop wrote a brief report on the conference for SASNET, the Swedish South Asian Studies Network, newsletter.

24 April 2014

Format for the day: The two discussants for each session will have ten minutes each to critically analyse the paper. The author will have ten minutes to respond to the comments of the discussants. Open discussion to follow. This format is dependent on all participants having read the pre-circulated papers!

9.20: Welcome
Alpa Shah
(Associate Professor-Reader in Anthropology, LSE Principal Investigator Inequality and Poverty Research Programme).

9.30-10.30: Richard Axelby
(LSE Postdoctoral Fellow, Inequality and Poverty Research Programme).
‘Low politics in high places: Accessing grazing on a Himalayan Pasture’.
Discussants:
Johnny Parry (Emeritus Professor LSE, Co-Investigator Inequality and Poverty Research Programme).
Beppe Karlsson (Associate Professor, Department of Social Anthropology, Stockholm University).
Chair: Edward Simpson (Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology, SOAS).

10.30-11.30: Dalel Benbabaali
(LSE Postdoctoral Fellow, Inequality and Poverty Research Programme).
‘Caste dominance and territory in South India: Understanding Kammas’ socio-spatial mobility’.
Discussants:
Barbara Harriss-White (Senior Research Fellow, School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies, Oxford, Co-Investigator Inequality and Poverty Research Programme).
Geert De Neve (Reader in Social Anthropology, University of Sussex).
Chair: Edward Simpson (Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology, SOAS).

11.30-12.00 – Coffee

12.00-1.00: Vikram Thakur
(LSE Postdoctoral Fellow, Inequality and Poverty Research Programme).
‘Unsettling Claims: Dams, Resistance and Resettlement in Western India’.
Discussants:
Luisa Steur (Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Copenhagen).
Alf Nilsen (Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Bergen).
Chair: Jens Lerche (Reader in Agrarian and Labour Studies, SOAS, Co-Investigator Inequality and Poverty Research Programme).

1.00-2.00- Lunch

2.00-3.00: Jayaseelan Raj
(LSE Postdoctoral Fellow, Inequality and Poverty Research Programme).
‘Dispossession after accumulation? Crisis and deferred payouts in a South Indian Plantation Belt’.
Discussants:
Barbara Harriss-White (Senior Research Fellow, School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies, Oxford, Co-Investigator Inequality and Poverty Research Programme).
Jens Lerche (Reader in Agrarian And Labour Studies, SOAS, Co-Investigator Inequality and Poverty Research Programme).
Chair: Muhammad Ali Jan (Department of International Development, Oxford).

3.00-4.00: Brendan Donegan
(LSE Postdoctoral Fellow, Inequality and Poverty Research Programme).
‘Selective Recuperation: Activist interventions in adivasi (tribal) medicine in Maharashtra, India’.
Discussants:
Beppe Karlsson (Associate Professor, Department of Social Anthropology, Stockholm University).
Katy Gardner (Professor, Department of Anthropology, LSE).
Chair: Jayaraj Sundaresan (Geography and Environment, LSE).

4.00-4.30 – Coffee

4:30-5.30: Uday Chandra
(Research Fellow, Max Planck institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Department of Religious Diversity).
‘Labouring Bodies and Wandering Spirits: East India Migrants and Mobility in Contemporary Mumbai’.
Discussants:
Nicolas Jaoul (CNRS Researcher, Centre for Studies in India and South Asia Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales).
Luisa Steur (Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Copenhagen).
Chair: Indrajit Roy (Junior Research Fellow in International Development, Oxford).

5.30-6.30: Clarinda Still
(Departmental Lecturer in Modern Indian Studies, School of Interdisciplinary and Area Studies, Oxford, Co-Investigator Inequality and Poverty Research Programme).
‘Dalit women and the rise of patriarchy: notes on class, caste and honour’.
Discussants:
Laura Bear (Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, LSE).
Nicolas Jaoul (CNRS Researcher, Centre for Studies in India and South Asia Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales).
Chair: Staffan Lindberg (Emeritus Professor, Sociology, Lund University).

25 April 2014

Format for the day: Authors will have twenty minutes to present their paper. The discussant will have ten minutes to respond. Followed by open discussion.

9.30-10.30: Isabelle Guérin
(Research Fellow, Research Unit Development and Societies, Paris I Sorbonne. Institute of Research for Development, Provence University).
‘Labour, debt and consumption in rural Tamil Nadu’.
Discussant: Geert De Neve (Reader in Social Anthropology, University of Sussex).
Chair: Alpa Shah (Associate Professor-Reader in Social Anthropology, LSE).

10.30-11.30: Jonathen Pattenden
(Lecturer in Politics and International Development, School of International Development, University of East Anglia).
‘Classes of Labour in Karnataka’.
Discussant: Johnny Parry (Emeritus Professor LSE, Co-Investigator Inequality and Poverty Research Programme).
Chair: Jens Lerche (Reader in Agrarian And Labour Studies, SOAS).

11.30-12.00: Coffee

12.00-1.00: Alessandra Messadri
(Lecturer in Development Studies, Department of Development Studies, SOAS).
‘Disguised forms of capital and interlocked modes of exploitation in India’s embroidery contracting networks’.
Discussant: Laura Bear (Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, LSE).
Chair: Chris Fuller (Emeritus Professor, Anthropology, LSE).

1.00-2.00: Lunch

2.00-3.00: David Picherit
(Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Development Studies, SOAS).
‘The making of a village Dalit agricultural labourer union: local politics and mobilizations in south India’.
Discussant: Henrike Donner (Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology, Oxford Brookes University).
Chair: Karin Kapadia (Research Associate, School of Interdisciplinary and Areas Studies, Oxford)

3.00-4.00Michael Hoffman
(Research Fellow, Department ‘Resilience and Transformation in Eurasia’, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology).
‘Three Cheers for Revolution? Maoists in Industrial Factories of Western Nepal’.
Discussant: Barbara Harriss-White (Senior Research Fellow, School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies, Oxford, Co-Investigator Inequality and Poverty Research Programme).
Chair: Feyzi Ismail (Geography, UCL).

4.00-4.30: Coffee

4.30-5.00: Alf Nielsen
(Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Bergen).
‘Poverty and Subordination in the Bhil Heartland: Understanding the Longue Durée of Adverse Incorporation’.
Discussant: Beppe Karlsson (Associate Professor, Department of Social Anthropology, Stockholm University).
Chair: Peggy Froerer (Senior Lecturer in Anthropology, Brunel).

5.00-6.00: Judith Heyer
(Emeritus Fellow, School of Interdisciplinary and Area Studies, Oxford).
The emergence of Dalit “housewives” in Tamil Nadu‘.
Discussant: Jens Lerche (Reader in Agrarian And Labour Studies, SOAS, Co-Investigator Inequality and Poverty Research Programme).
Chair:  Staffan Lindberg (Emeritus Professor, Sociology, Lund University).