SOAS University of London

SOAS South Asia Institute

Future of the Rural World? Africa & Asia

Future of the Rural World Poster

Date: 30 October 2015Time: 9:30 AM

Finishes: 30 October 2015Time: 5:30 PM

Venue: Woburn Conference Centre

Type of Event: Conference

About the Conference

We invite you to a day of provocation, discussion and networking with others interested in the possible futures of the rural world.

Once upon a time, the rural world held the key for the survival of the planet: the antidote to unsustainable and hyperbolic modernisation. Today, some social scientists think the village is no more. The village has become the waiting room for the labour markets of the city, a ‘non-space’, a resource, and part of a tightly-bound system in which the countryside can only succumb to the rough seduction of the metropole.

The great transformation from peasant to industrial society in Europe has not followed in other parts of the world; yet, agriculture is no longer the mainstay of many rural economies in Africa and Asia. Expanding populations, extractive industries and evolving technologies and infrastructures have filled the countryside and contributed to the diversification of the peasant economy.


The day consists of four keynote provocations followed by a round table discussion on The Future of the Rural World? chaired by Baroness Valerie Amos. The day will end with a reception in the Brunei Gallery at SOAS.

Keynote Speakers:
  • Professor Peter Ho, Chair Professor of Chinese Economy and Development, Delft University of Technology
  • Professor Katy Gardner, Professor of Anthropology, LSE
  • Professor Henrietta Moore, Director of the Institute for Global Prosperity and Chair in Philosophy, Culture and Design at UCL.
  • Professor Edward Simpson, Professor of Social Anthropology, SOAS, University of London and ESRC project team members


Registration is free, but places are limited, so please book ASAP to reserve a place.

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More Information

This event is paired with the Brunei Gallery exhibition "The future of the rural world? Indian villages, 1950-2015", showcasing the development of rural india over the past 65 years. The exhibition marks the end of a four year long, ESRC-funded project looking at rural change in India through the restudy of the social anthropology of the 1950s.

Organiser: South Asia Institute, SOAS

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