Professor Smita Narula to Speak at Conference on “The Globalization of South Asia” (Feb 16)
February 15, 2013

CHRGJ Faculty Director and Professor of the International Human Rights Clinic, Smita Narula, will be speaking at a conference at NYU Stern School of Business, on February 16th. Her talk–delivered in the context of a conference dedicated to discussion the globalization of south Asia–will take place from 5:10-5:30 and will address  “Human Rights Abuses in Development-Led Displacement”.

For more about the conference “The Globalization of South Asia: Controversy, Critique, and Activism” click HERE.

NYU Stern School of Business

Tisch Building, 44 West 4th Street

9:30AM – 8:30PM.


9:30. Registration, coffee, snacks. (Paulson Auditorium lobby. Tisch Bldg 1 flight down)

10:00-10:15. Introductions (Paulson Auditorium)

Shreya Gulati and Pragya Pandey. NYU SASPI

Arun Sundararajan, NYU Stern School of Business

David Ludden, SouthAsia@NYU

I. Keynote Panel. (Paulson Auditorium)

10:15-12:30. Major Debates on Globalization in South Asia

Moderator: Ritty Lukose

10:15-10:45. Prabhat Patnaik, “Growth and Poverty in the Indian Economy.”

10:45-11:15. Kanchan Chandra, “The New Indian State.”

11:15-11:45. Arjun Appadurai, “Corruption, Sexual Violence, Freedom of Expression: The Culture of Debate in Contemporary India.”

11:45-12:00. Discussant: Arvind Rajagopal

12:00-12:30.   Open Discussion.

12:30-1:30 Lunch (Paulson Auditorium lobby)

PANEL IIA. 1:30-3:15. (Paulson Auditorium level classroom TBA)

The World of Work

1:30-1:45. David Ludden, “Labor Mobility: Perils, Profits, and Productivity”

1:45-2:45. Presentation by Gulflabor/1: “Who Builds the Middle East?” (Gulflabor is a coalition of artists, writers, curators, and educators working to ensure migrant workers’ rights are protected during the construction and maintenance of new cultural institutions in Abu Dhabi. They are joined by Who Builds Your Architecture?, which asks about architects’ responsibility toward the workers who construct their buildings.)

Walid Raad: Abu Dhabi’s investments in culture.

Haig Aivazian: We don’t live on a desert island.

Kadambari Baxi: Who Builds Your Architecture

Mariam Ghani: The responsibility of artists.

Naeem Mohaiemen: The “better than elsewhere” argument.

2:45-3:15 Discussion

PANEL IIB. 1:30-3:15. (Paulson Auditorium level classroom TBA)

Literary Spaces.  

Moderator: Toral Gajarawala

1:30-1:55. Rosemary George, “The in-between life of Mulk Raj Anand.”

1:55-2:20. Manan Ahmed Asif, “To a Place in Grief: A Landscape of Emotion in an Early 18th    Century  Urdu History.”

2:20-2:45. Rajiv Menon, “Third Worlds Below: Transnationalism and Diaspora in Kiran Desai’s The Inheritance of Loss.”

2:45-3:15. Discussion. David Lelyveld, Isabel Hofmeyr, Sonali Perera, Toral Gajarawala

3:15-3:45. Tea Break

PANEL IIIA. 3:45-6:15. (Paulson Auditorium level classroom TBA)

Conflict and Politics. 

Moderator/Discussant: Kanchan Chandra

3:50-4:10. Robert Nichols, “The Frontier Crimes Regulation:  Debating the Legacy of Colonial Law in Twenty-First Century Pakistan”

4:10-4:30. Veena Thadani, “The Neo-Liberal State and the Maoist Insurgency in India”

4:30-4:50. Sara Shneiderman, “Globalization, Development, and the Politics of State Restructuring in “Post-Conflict” Nepal.”

4:50-5:10. Madiha Tahir, “Drones and Pakistan”

5:10-5:30. Jude Fernando, “Politics of Globalization and State Power in post-war Sri Lanka.”

5:30-6:15. Discussion

PANEL IIIB 3:45-6:15.

Inequity and Development

Moderator: Sanjay Reddy

3:50-4:10. Devparna Roy, ”Towards Sustainable Development? Transgenic Seeds and the Transformation of the Agri-Food system in India.”

4:10-4:30. Sanjib Baruah, “Political economy of hydropower in the eastern Himalayas”

4:30-4:50. Sangeeta Kamat, “Axes of Exclusion: Neoliberalism, Urbanism and the Education Economy in Hyderabad, India.”

4:50-5:10. Shelley Feldman, “Corrosive engagement: ‘Legal’ land appropriations as sanctioned by the Vested Property Act(s)”

5:10-5:30. Smita Narula, “Human Rights Abuses in Development-Led Displacement”

5:30-5:45. Discussants: Sanjay Reddy and Vamsi Vakulabharanam

5:45-6:15. General Discussion

6:15 Refreshments

EVENING 6:30-8:00.

Introduction by Radha Hegde

Carnatic Vocal Performance: Roopa Mahadevan accompanied by Dr. Nishanth Chandran, Rajna Swaminathan


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