Professor for Social Anthropology and Sociology, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies; Rector, Institute for Human Sciences, Vienna
Moderator: Prof. Dr. Philipp Dann, Berlin
There is much ambivalence among observers of India’s neo-liberal economic policies and their effects. These policies have undoubtedly caused great economic growth, but they have also led to the forced displacement and dispossession of millions. Based on intensive fieldwork in both rural and urban parts of India, Shalini Randeria discusses how those affected have appealed to national and international courts against the Indian state, multinational corporations such as Monsanto, or Indian companies with international operations. She also analyses the search for social justice in an increasingly unequal society and examines strategies employed by a state that cunningly shirks its responsibility.
Shalini Randeria is the Rector of the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna, Professor of Social Anthropology and Sociology at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, as well as the Director of the Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy. Her research foci include the anthropology of law, state and policy, particularly the transnationalisation of law, normative pluralism; reproductive rights, population policy and gender; displacement and privatisation of common property resources; the anthropology of globalisation and development; post-coloniality and multiple modernities; and civil society and social movements. Her latest book publications include Border Crossings: Grenzverschiebungen und Grenzüberschreitungen in einer globalen Welt (2016), Anthropology Now and Next (2014), Jenseits des Eurozentrismus: Postkoloniale Perspektiven in den Geschichts- und Kulturwissenschaften (2nd edition 2013), and Vom Imperialismus zum Empire: Nicht-westliche Perspektiven auf Globalisierung (2009).