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« Who Speaks for the Village ? Representations of the “Rural” in India from the Colonial to the Post-Colonial Era » : The 25th european conference on south asian studies

« The idea of the village has been central throughout Indian history. Since colonial times, Indian villages have been pictured as “small republics” and as a relevant microcosm for understanding the Indian society at large. This panel will explore the representations of the village and its different social groups in India, constructed by colonial and postcolonial government administrations, political parties, social movements, NGOs, scholarship and/or literature from the colonial to the post-colonial era : who speaks for/about/of/against the village and for the so-called “peasant classes” ? In providing a broad and long-term historical perspective on the different representations of the Indian countryside, it will identify the significant changes that the Indian rural society has undergone over time, notably its changing power relationships and the consequences of the transformations of its primarily agrarian economy. It will also analyse, against the idea of a harmonious whole, the heterogeneity of Indian rural society, its stratification and deeply entrenched economic and social divisions. For instance, papers might investigate the actors, external or internal to rural society, who have claimed to represent the interests of the “village” and how its internal social differentiation has been addressed ; how the gram panchayat has contributed or not to renew the representation of various categories of rural society ; the transformation of agrarian struggles through the lens of dispossession-related resistances ; etc. These different aspects of the representation of the “rural” and its social components could be studied from the point of view of history, political science, sociology, anthropology, or any other relevant discipline. »

For questions on the panel, contact the conveners : delphine.thivet chez and joel.cabalion chez

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