Spring 2017 Soli Sorabjee Event (2 of 2)

"New Pakistani Cinema"

Featuring Meenu Gaur, Co-Writer and Director of Zinda Bhaag

Monday, April 24, 2017

11:00 a.m. - Q&A with Meenu Gaur and Ulka Anjaria
3:30 p.m. - Zinda Bhaag Film Screening

All events will be held in Mandel G03 in the Mandel Center for the Humanities.

Visit the Soli Sorabjee Lectures page for additional details.

Upcoming Events

8th Annual Hunt Lecture in Economic Anthropology: "Cheap Tea and the Endurance of Monoculture in the Dooars, India"

Featuring Sarah Besky, Assistant Professor of Anthropology and International and Public Affairs, Brown University

Friday, April 28, 2017
2:30 p.m.
Schwartz 103

Across the Dooars region of West Bengal, tea plantations are closing at a high rate. Plantation closures, however, might be better understood as a mass abandonment. On these plantations, no formal lock-outs have been declared. Instead, management has simply stopped paying wages, leaving plantation workers stranded, awaiting a possible re-opening. Plantation closure turns landscapes that once kept workers marginally supported and alive into killing fields. Over the last five years, as the number of closed plantations in the Dooars has increased, journalists have reported an alarming increase in starvation deaths across the region. While the active operation of plantations has been seen as exploitative and violent, abandonment highlights the endurance of the plantation landscape. Its power to isolate, its power to kill, its power to render labor immobile and bonded outlasts the active presence of capital. All the while, tea bushes themselves—particularly in the form of cheap blends sold on the domestic market—persist.

Dr. Besky received her PhD in anthropology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. From 2012 to 2015, she was a postdoctoral fellow in the Society of Fellows at the University of Michigan, where she completed a project based on fieldwork in Darjeeling, India. Her book, The Darjeeling Distinction: Labor and Justice on Fair-Trade Tea Plantations in India (University of California Press, 2014) explores how legacies of colonialism intersect with contemporary market reforms to reconfigure notions of value—of labor, of place, and of tea itself. Her current research explores agrarian and industrial reform in the Indian tea industry through the lenses of taste and masculinity.

Sponsored by the Department of Anthropology and co-sponsored by the South Asian Studies Program.

Film Screening: Munna Bhai M.B.B.S.

Munna Bhai MBBS FlyerMonday, May 1, 2017
7:00 p.m.
Shiffman 219

Join the SAS UDRs for a screening of Munna Bhai M.B.B.S., a 2003 Indian comedy-drama directed by Rajkumar Hirani.

Light refreshments will be provided!