The Return of The Land Question: Dispossession, Livelihoods and Contestation In India's Capitalist Transition

Organised By/Speakers: 
IIMC, Faculty of Arts and Australia India Institute, University of Melbourne and Institute of Development Studies Kolkata
Conference/Seminar Date: 
Tuesday, March 4, 2014 to Thursday, March 6, 2014
Conference/Seminar Venue: 
Institute of Development Studies Kolkata (IDSK)

Indian Institute of Management Calcutta in collaboration with Faculty of Arts and Australia India Institute, University of Melbourne and Institute of Development Studies Kolkata is hosting a three-day international conference on The Return of the Land Question: Dispossession, Livelihoods, and Contestation in India’s Capitalist Transition to be held on 4-6 March 2014 at Institute of Development Studies Kolkata (IDSK).

Conference Schedule

4th March, 2014

9:30-10:00am: Registration/Introduction

10:00-11:30am: Session 1

Mircea Raiana, (Department of History, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA)

'How Much Land Does a Capitalist Need? Historical Patterns of Land Acquisition by Tata Companies and Indian Industrialisation'

Kuriakose Mathew, (Department of Humanities & Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai)

Enclosing Land, Entangling Labour: Development through Primitive Accumulation in Kuttanad, Kerala

11:30am-12noon: TEA

12noon-1.30pm: Session 2

Partha Chatterji, (Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Kolkata and Columbia University, New York)

What is New about the Land Question Today?

Michael Levien, (Department of Sociology, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore)

From Primitive Accumulation to Regimes of Dispossession: Re-thinking the relationship between Land and Capital

1.30-2.30pm: LUNCH

2.30-4pm: Session 3

Malabika Pal, (Department of Economics, Miranda House, University of Delhi, Delhi)

Land Aquisition and ‘fair compensation’ of the ‘project affected’- A scrutiny of the law and its implementation

Kenneth Bo Nielsen, (Centre for Development and the Environment, University of Oslo, Oslo)

Alf Gunvald Nilsen (Department of Sociology, University of Bergen, Bergen)

Land-Struggles, Law-Struggles and Hegemonic Processes in Neoliberal India: Gramscian Reflections on Land Acquisition Legislation

4-4.30pm: TEA

4.30-6pm: Session 4

Smita Gupta, (Centre for Adivasi Research and Development, Delhi)

Forest and Land Rights of Adivasis in the Current Conjuncture

Rajesh Bhattacharya, (Public Policy and Management Group, Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, Kolkata)

Snehashish Bhattacharya (Faculty of Economics, South Asian University, Delhi)

Kaveri Gill (Independent Reearcher)

The Adivasis and the State: The Land Question in Scheduled Tribe Policies

5th March, 2014

10:00-11:30am: Session 1

Gorky Chakraborty, (Institute of Development Studies Kolkata)

Asok Kumar Roy (OKD Institute of Social and Development (OKISCD), Guwahati)

Land, Dispossession and Transition: The Criticalities in the Hills of Northeast India

Aparajita Bakshi, (School of Development Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India)

The Land Question in West Bengal – Understanding Some Immediate Complexities

11:30am-12noon: TEA

12noon-1.30pm: Session 2

Shapan Adnan, (Contemporary South Asian Studies Programme, University of Oxford, Oxford)

Land grabs, resistance and livelihoods in neoliberal India: Distinctive features of primitive accumulation and the 'transition to capitalism'

Sejuti Dasgupta, (School of African and Oriental Studies, University of London, London)

Zameen to Capital: Post Liberalisation policies and Class Consolidation in Rural Chhattisgarh and Karnataka

1.30-2.30pm: LUNCH

2.30-4pm: Session 3

Chinmoyee Mallik, (Post Graduate Department of Geography, Vidyasagar College, Kolkata)

Land Dispossession and Rural Livelihoods: A Case Study of Peri-urban Kolkata

R Vijay (School of Economics, Central University of Hyderabad)

Non- cultivating Households owning Land in an Agrarian Economy: Some observations

4-4.30pm: TEA

4.30-6pm: Session 4

Sudipta Bhattacharya, (Department of Economics and Politics, Visva-Bharati, Shantiniketan)

Neo-liberalism and Agrarian Transition in India: The Mode of Production Debate Revisited

Arindam Banerjee, (School of Liberal Studies, Ambedkar University, Delhi)

PEASANT CLASSES, ACCUMULATION AND AGRARIAN CRISIS IN INDIA: Locating Land-Acquisition within the Agrarian Question

6th March, 2014

10:00-11:30am: Session 1

Anirban Dasgupta, (Faculty of Economics, South Asian University, Delhi)

Vidya Unnikrihnan (ICRIER Delhi)

Land Reform in Kerala and West Bengal: Two Stories of Left Reformism and Development

Abhijit Guha, (Vidyasagar University, Medinipur, West Bengal)

Behind the Front of Land Acquisition and the New Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013

11:30am-12noon: TEA

12noon-1.30pm: Session 2

Braja Sahu (Ravenshaw University, Cuttack)

Environmental Justice Movements and Gandhi’s Ecological vision: A Study on Human rights violation by Developmental Projects in Odisha, India

Ramana Murthy, (School of Economics, University of Hyderabad)


1.30-2.30pm: LUNCH

Organising Committee

The conference organising committee comprises the following: Prof. Achin Chakraborty and Ms. Sanchari Guha (IDSK), Prof. Anthony D'Costa (Australia-India Institute of the University of Melbourne) and Profs. Sushil Khanna and Mritiunjoy Mohanty (IIM Calcutta).

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