“What Makes Darjeeling Tea Authentic?” Gendered Placemaking, Colonial Heritage and Contemporary Sustainability Practice in Darjeeling, India

Dates & times

Thu 25 July 2019, 12:30pm–2:30pm

Location

Basham Room, Level 1, Baldessin Precinct Building, 110 Ellery Cres Canberra

 

Dr Debarati Sen, followed by a book talk by Dr Sarasij Majumdar

Debarati Sen, Associate Professor of Geography and Anthropology, Kennesaw State University

Authored the prize-winning book: Everyday Sustainability: Gender Justice and Fair Trade Tea in Darjeeling

“What Makes Darjeeling Tea Authentic?” Gendered Placemaking, Colonial Heritage and Contemporary Sustainability Practice in Darjeeling, India

This seminar examines placemaking through the commodification of colonial heritage in contemporary sustainability discourse and practice. It illuminates how landscapes of production and landscapes of leisure articulate through the imagination and appropriation of the concept ‘heritage.’

Followed by Sarasij Majumder

Associate Professor of Anthropology and Interdisciplinary Studies, Department of Geography and Anthropology, Kennesaw State University

People’s Car: Industrial India and Riddles of PopulismFordham University Press, offers an ethnographic study of divergent local responses to the proposed construction of a Tata Motors factory in eastern India that would have produced the Nano, the so-called people’s car. The initial excitement was followed by long protests among the villagers whose agricultural land was being acquired for the project. After these protests secured the relocation of the factory, further demonstrations followed, sometimes involving the same participants, seeking to bring the factory back.

 

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