Pastoral scene


Colloquium Series Fall 2009

September 11William T. Rowe, Chinese History, The Johns Hopkins University “Bao Shichen: An Early Nineteenth-Century Chinese Agrarian Reformer”

September 18Verlyn Klinkenborg, Editorial Board, The New York Times “A Compilation of Pieces about Farming and Its Issues”

September 25Courtney Jung, Political Science, University of Toronto “Race, Class, and Ethnicity in the History of Mexican Indigenous Politics”

October 2A.R. Vasavi, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore “Suicides and the Making of India’s Agrarian Distress”

October 9Jonathan Harwood, History of Science and Technology, University of Manchester “Why Have Green Revolutions So Often Neglected Peasant-Farmers?”

October 16 Felix Wemheuer, Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University “The Politicization of Hunger: Food and peasant-state relation in China (1949-1962)”

October 23Diana Mincyte, College of Communications, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign “Milk, Machines, and Mobility: The Politics of Subsistence Economies in Europeanizing Lithuania Lithuania”

October 30Saturnino (Jun) Borras, International Development Studies, St. Mary’s University, Halifax “The Politics of Contemporary (Trans)national Commercial Land Deals: Competing Views, Strategies and Alternatives”

November 6Kregg Hetherington, Sociology and Social Anthropology, Dalhousie University “Guerrilla Auditors and Duplicitous Documents: Information, Transparency and Land Struggles in Paraguay”

November 13Erik Harms, Anthropology, Yale University “Social Demolition: Creative Destruction and the Production of Value in Vietnamese Land Clearance”

November 20 Jake Kosek, Geography, University of California, Berkeley “The Natures of the Beast: On the New Uses of the Honey Bee”

December 4Michael Docter, The Food Bank Farm “Food Bank Farm: A Twenty-Year Effort to Reduce Hunger and Localize Food Supply” note: the PDF for this session consists of scanned clippings and articles. It is offered in two versions: (1) for uniform printing on letter size paper, and (2) foroptimal screen viewing, where small print can be enlarged in your browser or PDF viewer for legibility.

Colloquium Series Spring 2010

January 15Martin Jones, Archaeology, University of Cambridge “The Ecology of Empire: Food, Community and Network in the Classical Roman Landscape”

January 22Sarah Washbrook, St. Antony’s College, Oxford “Modernizing the State or Re-enforcing Tradition? Indian Communities and Political Centralization in Rural Chiapas, 1876–1914”

January 29Charles Postel, History, San Francisto State University “The Populist Context: Texas Cotton Farmers and Religious Conflict, 1880–1900”

February 5Alissa Hamilton, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) “Fabricated Fresh”

February 12 Karen Seto, School of the Environment, Yale University “From Farms to Factories: Transformations of Landscapes and Livelihoods in Urbanizing Asia”

February 19Kimberly Theidon, Anthropology, Harvard University “Histories of Innocence: Post-War Stories in Peru”

February 26Matthew Garcia, American Civilization, Ethnic Studies, and History, Brown University “The Importance of Being Asian: Growers, the United Farm Workers, and the Rise of Colorblindness”

March 5Henry Bernstein, Development Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London “Class Dynamics of Agrarian Change: Writing a ‘Little Book on a Big Idea’”

March 26 Annu Jalais, Arts and Humanities Research Council, Bengal Muslim Diaspora Project “Bengali, but not Bhadralok”

April 9Yuka Suzuki, Anthropology, Bard College “The Leopard’s Black and White Spots: Nature, Metaphor, and Poetics”

April 16Ponciano del Pino, History, Instituto de Estudios Peruanos “‘In the name of the government’: Community Politics, Violence and Memory in Modern Peru”

April 23Anand Pandian, Anthropology, The Johns Hopkins University “Ripening with the Earth: On Maturity and Modernity in South India”