Workshop 2 :Exclusionary Regimes and Resource Appropriation: Conceptual and Methodological dynamics  

Workshop 2: Exclusionary Regimes and Resource Appropriation:

Conceptual and Methodological dynamics

 

Coordinator:

  • Thanuja Mummidi

Anthropologist (Pondicherry University, Puducherry)

Invited Tutors:

  • Felix Padel

Anthropologist (Centre for World Environmental History, University of Sussex)

  • Sangeeta Dasgupta

Historian (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi )

  • Raphael Mathevet

Geographer (French Institute of Pondicherry, Puducherry)

  • Jayaprakash P Rao

Sociologist (Osmania University, Hyderabad)

 

Argument-Purpose

The workshop focuses on natural resources and its spaces like the exclusionary regime (Li, 2007) but with an agenda to understand the politics of its appropriation. In this focus, the workshop will look at the indigenous populations or more specifically the scheduled tribes of India in tracing the different articulations for appropriation and thus framing the exclusionary regime. Capitalist dispossessions (nexus of the state-corporations-market) of primary resources as in land, forest and water have continued both in colonial and independent India. However, the long rhetoric of independent India for dispossession has been for the benevolence of this population under the umbrella of development. Though environmental advocacy has given leverage in resisting dispossession, the appropriation of practices of sustainability and biodiversity by the regime through articulations of ‘voluntary biodiversity off-sets’ and prefixing ‘green’ to all capitalist dispossessions have diluted this advocacy potential for the STs. The onus to counter to such articulations has long been left to the people, the voices of the dispossessed.

The workshop will explore the methodological potential in understanding the voices of the dispossessed through the framework of ‘cultural politics’ and ‘reverse anthropology’.

The workshop intends to facilitate research of young scholars working on this broad theme through the following sequence for the first two and a half days: highlighting the overlap of scheduled tribe spaces and natural resources; Framing the Exclusionary Regime;Tracing articulations of appropriation and counter articulations of the dispossessed; Theoretical frames and methodological challenges: discussing political economy, political ecology, cultural politics and reverse anthropology.The second half of day three will attempt to initiate the group into a simulated research thinking over a specific research design as an outcome of the series of lectures. The concluding Day 4 is devoted to Group Work Restitution, sharing workshop experience and results.

Workshop 2 Schedule

DAY 1 – TUESDAY, DECEMBER 5
9:00-9:30 Opening Speech

Introduction and Objectives of the workshop

Presentation of trainers and participants

9:30-11:00 Highlighting the overlap of schedule tribe spaces and natural resources- Thanuja
11:00-11:15 Coffee/Tea Break
11:15-12:30 Archives and Oral Narratives: Situating the representation of Adivasis- Sangeetha
12:30-14:00 Lunch
14:00-15:15 Adivasis and Ethnographies: Evolutionary to Reverse Anthropology- Thanuja/Felix
15:15-15:30 Coffee/Tea break
15:30-17:00 Framing the Exclusionary Regime- Thanuja/Felix
DAY 2 – WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6:
9:00-11:15 Tracing articulations of appropriation- Sangeetha/TBC
11:15-11:30 Coffee/Tea break
11:30-12:30 Articulations of the dispossessed- Felix
12:30-14:00 Lunch
14:00-15:15 Theoretical frames:  political economy, political ecology, and cultural politics (how are these frames relevant and used in research on resource appropriation)  – Raphael
15:15-15:30 Coffee/Tea break
15:30-17:00 Theoretical frames:  political economy, political ecology, and cultural politics (contd.)- Raphael
DAY 3 – THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7
9:00-10:30 Articulations of the dispossessed (contd.)- J.P. Rao
10:30-12:00 Articulations of the dispossessed-Participatory video on Konda Reddis- Thanuja
12:30-14:00 Lunch
14:00-18:00 Preparation of the restitution and project by participants
DAY 4 – FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8
9:00-11:00 Group work
11:00-11:15 Coffee break
11:15-12:30 Group work
12:30-14:00 Lunch
14:00-15:30 Group work
15:40-15:45 Coffee Break
15:45-18:00 Group work restitution of project

Discussion of the results and the workshops

Valedictory

 

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