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Thursday, March 24, 2016 — 2:30 PM EDT

The Water Institute is pleased to host a seminar by Peter Mollinga, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.  He will speak about Downstream of the Dam: Farmers, pipelines and capitalist development in the Sardar Sarovar project.

Abstract

The Sardar Sarovar dam in India has been a prominent political issue from local to global level, and an important focus of scholarly attention for the displacement and ecological damage associate with it, social movement activity around it, and for its ‘model of development’. The processes downstream of the dam in the project’s ‘command area’ in Gujarat after canal water flow started, have sparked little research, notwithstanding the project’s massive scale and (potentially) huge impact. This talk explores the agricultural/rural processes triggered by the new water availability. Partly this is a familiar story of agrarian change and social differentiation. The canal system also takes on new forms, harbours new contradictions, and generates new challenges in the neoliberal age compared to the planned development age in which it was designed.

About Peter Mollinga

Peter Mollinga.Peter Mollinga completed his PhD on the political economy of irrigation water management in South India at Wageningen University, the Netherlands, and his Habilitation in Development Sociology at Bonn University, Germany. His research fields are the politics of water (governance), the cultural political economy of agriculture and environmental resources, and boundary work in natural resources management, with (South) Asia as geographical focus. He is one of the three founding editors of Water Alternatives, an interdisciplinary journal on water, politics and development.

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EV2 - Environment 2
Room 2002
200 University Avenue West

Waterloo, N2L 3G1
Canada
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