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Sociology Seminar Series

In this seminar Dr. Ashawari Chaudhuri will present a paper on 'Seed Narratives: Agricultural Biotechnology, Science, and Temporalities'. The link for the talk is: Click here to join the meeting

Event Date: 
Thursday, November 19, 2020 -

Dr. Ashawari Chaudhuri completed her PhD in 2019 in Anthropology and Science, Technology and Society (STS) from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is currently working on a project on heat at the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore. She has taught courses on bioethics, and technology and culture at MIT.


Seminar Abstract:

Since 2002, when the first genetically modified (GM) seed, Bt cotton, began to be cultivated in India, conversations and debates around agricultural biotechnology--- large scale farmers' suicides, higher yields during the first few years, the control of agricultural by multinational companies--- have been fierce and muddled. Although most of them have been centered on GM seeds, the seed itself still remains unexplored. By taking the listeners behind closed doors of bureaucracy, secretive research sites of biotechnology companies, and the vast stretches of agricultural cotton fields, the talk opens up the seed by tracing the practices of the communities and their experiences of time. Temporality, I argue, works as an analytic that destabilizes the seed as a commodity and forms a connecting link between human and non-human relations between GM seeds and communities like farmers and breeders. Ultimately, the paper shows that turning our gaze to temporalities enables “response-ability” and responsibility towards human, agrarian lives, as well as, the non-human ecological formations that we are embedded in.

Thursday 19, Nov 2020
06:45 PM - 08:45 PM