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Lund University seminar on Forest Access in Jharkhand

May 21, 2013 - 13:15-15:00

PhD candidate Siddharth Sareen from the Department of Food and Resource Economics, University of Copenhagen’s Faculty of Science, holds a guest lecture at Lund University on Tuesday 21 May 2013, 13.15–15.00. He will speak about ”Forest access for indigenes during political transformation in a resource-rich region”, focusing on the state of Jharkhand in eastern India. Siddharth works within the Section for Global Development at his department. He has a background in development studies and is part of the Erasmus Mundus joint doctoral programme Forest and Nature for Society. Venue for the seminar: Dept. of Sociology, Paradisgatan 5, Lund.

Jharkhand came into being in 2000. The state presents a resource-rich democracy-building context with 40 percent of the country’s mineral wealth but high rates of poverty. Domestic and international mining companies have a large stake in securing land, while the state holds a monopoly over commercial timber even as it allows a significant tribal population access to minor forest produce. Progressive but hard-to-implement legislation safeguards the rights of indigenous, land-dependent peoples such as the Ho even as the regional political economy threatens them, creating what Anna Tsing elsewhere describes as a ‘resource frontier’. This seminar seeks to examine what factors determine Hos’ access to forests they have traditionally used as commons, in the post-1991 period of a liberalising-privatising-globalising national avatar that is coincident with decentralisation in natural resource governance.

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Lund University seminar on Forest Access in Jharkhand


May 21, 2013