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Planning, Development and the politics of the Everyday State in South Asia

Planning, Development and the politics of the Everyday State in South Asia
1 Devonshire Place, Munk School of Global Affairs, Room 108N
Time: Feb 19th, 3:00 pm End: Feb 19th, 5:00 pm
Interest Categories: South Asian, History (FAS), Historical Studies (UTM), Historical and Cultural Studies (UTSC), Geography & Planning (FAS), East Asian Studies (FAS), 2000-
Seminar Series

The Centre for South Asian Studies and the Asian Institute present:

Planning, Development and the politics of the Everyday State in South Asia

Sujata Thapa-Bhattarai, Speaker, Ph.D candidate, Program in Planning, University of Toronto

Jayeeta Sharma, Discussant, Associate Professor, History, University of Toronto

Elsie Lewison, Speaker, Ph.D candidate, Human Geography, University of Toronto

Katherine Rankin, Chair, Interim Director, Centre for South Asian Studies, Asian Institute and Professor, Department Of Geography and Planning, University of Toronto

Elsie Lewison, "Reframing Agricultural Biopolitics through a Postcolonial Lens: Contested organic value chains in Jumla, Nepal"

Signs and stories of the failures of the state are both potent and pervasive in Nepal, particularly in the wake of the 2015 earthquakes and the highly contested passing of a constitution. However, the all too easy critique of the state and its compounding failures presents something of a dilemma as well, particularly as efforts to bypass dysfunctional states are often framed in terms of a "neoliberal turn." In this paper, I draw on post-colonial critiques and calls for a "dis-aggregated" approach to the state in an effort to explore some of the everyday ways in which actors work across institutional boundaries and in the interstices of the Nepali state in pursuit of biopolitical aims. I focus in on development interventions to promote organic value chains in a "remote" corner of Nepal, highlighting how state and non-state actors, at the district scale, have mobilized technologies and institutions of value chain development in ways that deviate significantly from the agendas of donor agencies and Kathmandu-based officers. Through this investigation, I suggest that a post-colonial perspective can be useful in identifying potential openings for pursuing alternative agrarian futures.

Sujata Thapa, "Infrastructure Violence: daily mobility of women in public transportation in Kathmandu City"
Abstract to follow

This event is free and open to all. Resgistration is required: http://munkschool.utoronto.ca/event/18667/register/

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