P04


State and tribe in central-eastern India: (re)approaching a troubled and troublesome nexus 
Convenors:
Christian Strümpell (Humboldt University Berlin)
Uwe Skoda (Aarhus University)
Chair:
Biswamoy Pati (NEHRU MEMORIAL MUSEUM & LIBRARY)
Discussant:
Georg Pfeffer (Freie Universität Berlin)
Location:
C406
Start time:
25 July, 2012 at 14:00 (UTC+0)
Session slots:
2

Short Abstract:

Our panel seeks to enquire into the relationship between the tribes living in India's mineral rich hill regions and the state and we invite speakers to investigate these issues with reference to recent original ethnographic and/or historical research.

Long Abstract

The mineral-rich hills of Jharkhand, Orissa, and Chhattisgarh have been described as the regions where India's economic liberalisation has revealed its most brutal face, where private corporations in conjunction with the state ruthlessly destroy ecological habitat and drive the largely tribal people inhabiting the hills forcefully off their land. These processes reveal once more the problematic relationship between the (postcolonial) state and the tribes. Our panel seeks enquire into how this relationship is produced, consented to and contested by various actors and groups and we invite speakers to investigate these issues with reference to recent original ethnographic and/or historical research.

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