Dispossession and Capitalist Development: A View from India

history   |   philosophy   |   sociology   |   science
יום שני 08/04/19, 18:00 עד 20:00
מיקום האירוע: 
Tel Aviv University: Gilman Building, Hall 449

Within the framework of the Bar-Hillel Colloquium for the History, Philosophy and Sociology of Science 2018-2019

Dynamics of Capitalist Dispossession in India

Postcolonial states are states of endemic expropriation. The land question is once again key to their current capitalist transformation. Over the past few decades large-scale displacement of farmers, pastoralists, fishing and forest-dwelling communities in rural areas as well as those living in urban informal settlements has destroyed livelihoods, torn apart the social fabric and rendered millions in India superfluous. The lecture will analyze the dynamics of dispossession and primitive accumulation through liberalization of land. Using ethnographic material it will also examine some ongoing legal struggles against the new enclosures of the commons, be it against evictions from public land or against the privatization of biogenetic resources. It will ask: which legal forums or alternative norms can render the state accountable to its citizens? How can corporations be made answerable to communities whose common property resources they turn into profitable commodities?


The Bar-Hillel Colloquium for the History, Philosophy and Sociology of Science was named in memory of Prof. Yehoshua Bar-Hillel in 1987. Before the Colloquium was named The Israel Colloquium for the History, Philosophy and Sociology of Science and it was founded in collaboration with R.S. Cohen and M. Wartofsky of the Boston Colloquium for the Philosophy of Science, in 1981. 
The Colloquium now in its 38th year, is a cooperative partnership between Tel Aviv University’s Cohn Institute, the Hebrew University’s Edelstein Center, the Yehoshua Bar-Hillel Fund, and the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute. The Colloquium meets over the course of the academic year to address a wide range of subjects. Each meeting comprises a lecture by invited scholar followed by an open discussion.