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C15 Agrarian Alternatives

Agrarian Alternatives: Agrarian Crisis, Global Concerns and the Contested Agro-ecological Futures in South Asia

Coordination: Daniel Münster

Abstract

Ginger Farmer in Karnataka, India (D. Münster 2012)

Ginger Farmer in Karnataka, India (D. Münster 2012)

Agriculture has gained a new level of importance particularly in light of the debates and diagnoses regarding of the contemporary global predicament and the environmental future of human society. While most scholarship on global agrarian environments documents symptoms of crisis, limits to growth and declining knowledge and livelihoods, this project focuses on agrarian alternatives as they emerge in these times of uncertainty. The project critically investigates practices, ideas, institutions and bio-technologies that claim to contribute to a more ecologically sustainable, viable and socially just framework for agriculture. Ethnographic case studies at different scales aim to identify spaces of possibility created by rural actors, policy-makers, corporations and new seed technologies. The project further locates actors and practices in a global perspective by documenting flows of knowledge, technologies and concerns from the personal (livelihood) to global debates about economic and environmental futures.

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C15 Upcoming Activities

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Andrew Flachs convenes the workshop "Playing Development Roles: The Political Ecology of Performance in South Asian Agricultural Development" with the support of the Volkswagen Foundation at the Karl Jaspers Centre for Advanced Transcultural Studies,  Heidelberg, April 2017

Andrew Flachs presents his research "Cultivating Knowledge: Learning to Farm on Genetically Modified and Organic Cotton Fields in Telangana, India", to the Department of  Anthropology, Southern Methodist University, USA 17.02.2017

Andrew Flachs presents his research "Cultivating Knowledge: Learning to Farm on Genetically Modified and Organic Cotton Fields in Telangana, India", to the Department of  Anthropology, Smith College, USA, 06.02.2017

Daniel Münster presents his research "Living and Dying Soils: Natural Farming and the Ontological Politics of Soil Care in South India" at the workshop "Knowing Soils: An Anthropology of Agricultural Knowledge", at Tübingen University, 27.-28.01.2017

Andrew Flachs presents his research "Cultivating Knowledge: Agricultural Learning and the Mixed Methods Toolkit in Telangana, India", to the Department of Anthropology, Purdue University, USA, 26.01.2017

Daniel Münster co-organises the lecture series "Environmental Humanities: Multidisciplinary Perspectives" in winter term 2016/17. Among the invited scholars are Bram Büscher (Wageningen University), Heather Paxson (MIT, Department of Anthropology), Franklin Ginn (University of Bristol), Heather Swanson (Aarhus University, AURA project), and Andrew Flachs (Heidelberg University).

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