SOAS University of London

Department of Development Studies

Routes, Transport, Land: Managing Mobility in the Himalayan Borderlands

Tina Harris (Sociology & Anthropology, University of Amsterdam)

Date: 15 October 2013Time: 5:00 PM

Finishes: 15 October 2013Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: G50

Type of Event: Seminar

This talk focuses on how the mundane details of exchanging and transporting commodities across the Himalayas can tell us more about cross-border relationships in the Sino-Indian Himalayas. Skills such as resource mobilization and local geographical knowledge are used for both the survival of capital and for mere survival-in-general in the midst of a rapidly changing economic and social environment. In order to better understand the relationship between the shifting movements of capital, people, and objects on the one hand, and the construction of seemingly fixed structures such as road and land on the other, this talk examines how people in the Sino-Indian borderlands employ strategies that navigate the intersections of mobility and fixity.

Organiser: Dr Paolo Novak & Dr Dae-oup Chang

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