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Making Toda lands and lives productive: An historical-sociology of colonial and postcolonial conservation and development policy in the Nilgiris, South India
October 15, 2012 - 13:00-15:00
The Conflict, Human Security and Development (CHSD) at Noragric, UMB, cordially invites to this department seminar.
Speaker: Dr. Siddhartha Krishnan, is a Fellow at ATREE, Bangalore and Carson Fellow 2012-2013, Carson Centre, Munich,
The Todas of the western ghatian Nilgiris, South India, have experienced their resource identities transform from bovine pastoralism to cultivating peasantry. Such change has paralleled transformation of grasslands into exotic forests. Colonial and postcolonial development and conservation policy, and economic circumstances – causal or consequential – have been responsible for such change in social identity and ecology. This seminar, based on a work in progress, begins with contemporary livelihood and conservation contentions of the Toda, and then shifts attention to an historical period dating back to the 1930s. A conceptual and methodological travelogue is also implicated. The former entails environmental sociology and environmental history, with historical sociology discussed as a possibility to reconcile such disciplinary itenerancy. The latter entails field and archival work and an attempt at a historically grounded method.
Venue: Thor Larsen Loft, Tivoli Building, UMB