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Sociology Seminar Series

Event Date: 
Thursday, March 18, 2021 -
18:4520:45

In this seminar Dr. Madhuri Karak will present a paper on 'Precarious Autonomy: Resisting the vikas-mining nexus in Niyamgiri, India'. The link for the seminar is: Click here to join the meeting

Dr. Madhuri Karak is currently a Mellon - American Council of Learned Societies Public Fellow/Community Engagement Lead at Rare's Center for Behavior & the Environment in Washington D.C. is currently a Mellon - American Council of Learned Societies Public Fellow/Community Engagement Lead at Rare's Center for Behavior & the Environment in Washington D.C. 

Seminar Abstract:

Contradictions within social movements are a sensitive issue. In the Indian context, scholars tread a fine line addressing how caste and class hierarchies shape the trajectories of political mobilizations without delegitimizing their larger aims. Intra-movement ideological differences, similarly, tend to get buried in the interest of a publicly united front. How do ideologies within a heterogeneous social movement operating at multiple scales negotiate questions of (untenable) agrarian futures and development? In this presentation, I discuss i) what tensions emerge between ideological strands of an anti-mining struggle in post-liberalization India, and ii) how are these tensions articulated, by whom, and to what effect?

Niyamgiri gained attention in 2013-14 as a rare instance of indigenous peoples halting land acquisition for bauxite mining. This presentation explores positions within a “no” to mining, particularly along the axes of vikas (development) and adivasis’ historical relationship with the Indian state, revealing the shrinking forms/spaces available to anti-capitalist politics in the context of pervasive agrarian precariousness in India today.

Thursday 18, Mar 2021
06:45 PM - 08:45 PM

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