Melbourne Events

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 18:00 to 19:00

Keywords for India: Land

Thu 20th Jul 2017
06:00pm - 07:00pm

Sidney Myer Asia Centre - Yasuko Hiraoka Myer (YHM) Room Level 1

761 Swanston Street, Parkville VIC 

Land is many things to different people. In India, as elsewhere, it is sacred, bestows status, provides family inheritance, a source of livelihood, a store of value, and an asset that earns rents as well as profits. In this keyword lecture, Anthony D’Costa and Achin Chakraborty collaboratively offer another interpretation of land, namely, its commodification and the resulting political, legal, and sometimes violent contestations involving the state, landowners, corporations, and communities. Based on their recently published book “The Land Question in India: State, Dispossession, and Capitalist Transition” they present trends in land use pattern and economic conditions of farmers to show how an unresolved agrarian question and the state’s resolve in transforming the economy is creating a process of dispossession that challenges our very conception of capitalist development as we know it.

About the Speakers:

Anthony P. D'Costa is the Chair and Professor of Contemporary Indian Studies and Director of the Development Studies Program, University of Melbourne. Previously he held the A.P. Moller-Maersk Professor of Indian Studies, Copenhagen Business School and taught for 18 years at the University of Washington. He has written extensively on the political economy of steel, auto, and IT industries covering themes of capitalism and globalization, development, innovations, industrial restructuring, and employment. He coedited The Land Question in India: State, Dispossession, and Capitalist Transition and in 2016 published International Mobility, Global Capitalism, and Changing Structures of Accumulation: Transforming the Japan-India IT Relationship.

Achin Chakraborty is a Professor of Economics and the Director of the Institute of Development Studies Kolkata (IDSK) in India, specialising in welfare economics and development economics. Chakraborty received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California at Riverside, USA. He has published widely in such journals as Economic Theory, Social Indicators Research, Journal of Quantitative Economics, Environment and Development Economics, Economic and Political Weekly, and others. He has co-edited the recently published book The Land Question in India: State, Dispossession and Capitalist Transition (OUP, 2017).


Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 18:00 to 19:00