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Saee Haldule-Bonvin, M.Sc.

Saee Haldule-Bonvin, M.Sc.


  • PhD Candidate and Research Associate at the Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context”, Karl Jaspers Center for Transcultural Studies (Heidelberg University)

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About Saee Haldule-Bonvin

Saee Haldule-Bonvin is a PhD Candidate (Junior Research Group C 15 "Agrarian Alternatives: Agrarian Crisis, Global Concerns and the Contested Agro-Ecological Futures in South Asia") and Research Associate in the Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context" (Heidelberg University) at the Karl Jaspers Center for Transcultural Studies (Heidelberg University). She holds an MSc from the MESPOM Consortium (Erasmus Mundus) comprising of University of Lund (Sweden), University of Manchester (UK), Central European University (Hungary) and University of Aegean (Greece). Prior to this, she completed her BSS at the Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (Japan).

Her doctoral research is provisionally titled “Cultivating Heritage: Alternative seed networks and social change in contemporary agrarian Maharashtra”. On the background of the present economic uncertainty and a decade of farmer suicides, the study proposes to explore seed networking as a plausible alternative being ‘re-innovated’ intentionally by agrarian communities in India. The overarching aim of this research is to investigate and analyze possible connection(s) between potential/ongoing changes in the revival of indigenous knowledge systems through restoration of an agrarian heritage as a means of adaptation

Saee's current research interests mainly lie in South Asia and include seed politics and their effects on farmer seed networks; issues of agrobiodiversity conservation and intellectual property rights (IPR) of indigenous/heirloom seeds; transformation of traditional social hierarchies and their effects on marginal agrarian communities and the historical and ecological significance of the Green Revolution and the politics enshrouding it.


Curriculum vitae


Since 04/ 2013 PhD Candidate at the Junior Research Group (JRG)   C-15 "Agrarian Alternatives": Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe", University of Heidelberg (Germany)

2010-12   MSc in Environmental Sciences, Policy Management (MESPOM): Consortial Erasmus Mundus Program of the University of Lund (Sweden); University of Manchester (UK);  Central  European University (Hungary), University of  Aegean (Greece)

07/ 2011   Summer School on Environmental Conflicts and Justice: Universidad Autonoma Barcelona (Spain)

2000-04   BSS (Sociology and Cultural Anthropology) in City and the Environment: Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (Japan)

Fieldwork: Oita Prefecture, Japan; Maharshtra, India.

Select Awards and Honors

2014      Internship: United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG)

2011-12   Lydia Press Fieldwork Bursary: The Lydia Press Memorial Fund (UK) Link

2011-12   Central European University Research Grant: Central European University (Hungary)

2010-11   British Council IELTS Scholarship: British Council (India) Link

2010-12   Central European University Full Fellowship Award:  MESPOM Consortium: University of Lund (Sweden);University of Manchester (UK); Central European University (Hungary); University of the Aegean (Greece).

2006-07   Thane Indradhanu Award: Entrepreneurial & Leadership Skills: Indradhanu Foundation (India)

2001-02   Suzaki Scholarship: Suzaki Foundation (Japan)

2000-01   Oita Prefectural Scholarship: Prefectural Government of Oita (Japan)

2000-04   Full Tuition Scholarship: Ritsumeikan Trust (Japan)


Courses Taught 

2013 (Winter) Co-teacher, Seminar:
"Cultivating Theory: Transcultural Approaches to Agrarian Studies"
(Postgraduate; Elective; Weekly) Link http://elearning2.uni-heidelberg.de/course/info.php?id=3237



Haldule Saee (2018). "Seed Custodians" and the cultural politics of alternative seed networks in Maharashtra (India). Seminar. Graduate Institute of Geneva. November 29, Geneva (Switzerland)

Haldule Saee (2015). Reclaiming Food Sovereignty in an Adivasi Village (Maharashtra). 7th Annual ADI Conference: Food, Feeding and Eating In and Out of Asia. June 24-26, Copenhagen (Denmark)

Haldule Saee (2015). अन्न सुरक्षा, अन्न सार्वभौमत्व आणि आपण (Food security, food sovereignty and us). Presentation and workshop at OSG (India). April 23-25.

Haldule, Saee (2013). Silent Defiance. Seed networks and the re-negotiation of social hierarchies in the Western Ghats of India. New Forms of Agriculture: Ordinary practices, public debate and social critique, November 20-21, Dijon (France).

Haldule, Saee (2013). Development in Context: Food Security, Indigenous Seed Networks and the Marginal Agrarian Social Lattice in Maharashtra. Cultivating Futures: Ethnographies of Alternative Agricultures in (South) Asian Landscapes of Crisis, December 12-14, Heidelberg (Germany).


Workshops Organized

December 2013: "Cultivating Futures: Ethnographies of Alternative Agricultures in (South Asian) Landscapes of Crisis, Karl Jaspers Centre for Transcultural Studies, Heidelberg.  Link

June 2013: "Organic Agriculture in South Asia - Motifs, Actors and Dynamics", Karl Jaspers Centre for Transcultural Studies, Heidelberg. Link


Panels Organized

August 2016: “Exits from agriculture: Dispossession, migration, land use and the prospects for smallholder farming” at the International Rural Sociology  World  Congress ‘Sustainable and Just Rural Transitions: Connections and Complexities’, Ryerson University, Toronto (Canada), August 10-14 (with Daniel Münster and Julia Poerting). CfP

June 2015: "Producing food sovereignty: Reclaiming healthy, tasty and local foodways in Asia" at the Conference 'Food, Feeding and Eating in and out of Asia", Asian Dynamics Initiative, University of Copenhagen, June 24-26 (with Daniel Münster and Julia Poerting). Link


Selected publications

Haldule, Saee. 2015. Review of the book The Darjeeling distinction. Labor and justice on fair-trade tea plantations in India, in: Social Anthropology/Anthropologie Sociale  23 (2015): 227228

Haldule, S. 2013. Silent Defiance. Seed networks and the re-negotiation of social hierarchies in the Western Ghats of India. Working Paper (unpublished) for the “New Forms of Agriculture: Ordinary practices, public debate and social critique” Conference, Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA), Département Sciences pour l’Action et le Développement, Dijon (France).


Newspaper articles:

Haldule, Saee. (2013). 'Annasuraksha: Shuddha beejapoti...' (National food security and the "seed" conundrum). Loksatta. September 1. Link