SOAS University of London

SOAS South Asia Institute

Interrogating the ‘rural’ in South Asia: ruptures and continuities

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Date: 12 June 2017Time: 9:00 AM

Finishes: 13 June 2017Time: 6:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: DLT- Kamran Djam Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Workshop

A wealth of literature documents the apparently profound transformations that rural contexts have undergone in the last three decades, suggesting that the validity of ‘the rural’ as an analytical category has diminished. On the other hand, the distinctive social, economic and political character of rural life has often been understood as backward and/or unchanging and distinctively removed from the constructed urban binary. Such contradictory tendencies have characterized the rural world over different historical periods across South Asia. This workshop explores the varied interpretations of ‘the rural’ as a simultaneous space of both rupture and continuity in terms of its social, political and economic dimensions. Through such discussion, the workshop seeks to question and reimagine the continued relevance of ‘the rural’.

The conference will also include a special segment on ‘The social and ecological worlds of agriculture in South Asia’. Research on agriculture often foregrounds either the social or the ecological. This segment will focus on research that innovatively combines these two aspects in addressing questions of agriculture.

Final Graduate Conference Schedule 09062017 (pdf; 210kb)  


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