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[Details of Symposium Program below]
Friday 23 May
Saturday 24 May
Sunday 25 May
2-5 pm
Contexts and Paradigms
Environments and Identities
Comparative Perspectives
2-5 pm
The Bihar Agrarian

The Center for South Asian Studies at the University of Virginia announces the holding of a two-day symposium, , "Power, Agrarian Structure, and Peasant Mobilization in Modern India," on May 23-25, 1997 in Minor Hall at the University of Virginia, to commemorate the scholarly and foundational contributions of Walter Hauser, Professor Emeritus in South Asian history. Professor Hauser taught in the University of Virginia's Department of History from 1960 until his retirement in 1995. The symposium celebrates his impact on the field of South Asian Studies, the discipline of history, and especially the study of Bihar's peasants and their involvement in the political process, his area of greatest research interest. Colleagues from around the world and students from over three decades of teaching, representing four generations of scholars from seven countries and four disciplines, will participate in this gathering of agrarian history and peasant studies scholars. Proceedings of the symposium will be published in a volume to be edited by Anand Yang, editor of the Journal of Asian Studies.

Further information may be obtained by contacting Professor Richard Barnett in the Department of History (e-mail: rbb@virginia.edu).

Symposium Program -
Power, Agrarian Structure, and
Peasant Mobilization in Modern India

  • A Symposium to honor Professor Emeritus Walter Hauser's contributions to peasant studies.
  • Funded by grants from PMD International, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Special Lectures Committee, Corcoran Department of History and the Center for South Asian Studies.
  • All panels will be held in the auditorium of Minor Hall

    Contexts and Paradigms FRIDAY, 23 May 1997, 2:00-5:00
    Chair: Daniel J. Ehnbom, Director-designate, Center for South Asian Studies, University of Virginia

    Welcoming remarks Rich Barnett
    University of Virginia
    Keynote Address: Power, Agrarian Structure, and Peasant Mobilization in Modern India [Full text] Majid Siddiqi
    Jawaharlal Nehru University
    Borders, languages, peasants, nations: colonial concepts in India [Full-text] Peter Robb
    SOAS, University of London
    [break: 15 minutes]
    The Indian Agricultural Problem, 1900-1950: Land, Labour, and Capital [Full-text] Tom Tomlinson,
    University of Strathclyde
    Discussants: Dharma Kumar, Senior Fellow, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, and Ian Barrow, University of Chicago

    6:30-8:30 pm Reception
    for symposium participants, guests, History and Center faculty, at Bayly Museum of Art

    Environments and Identities Saturday 24 May 9:00-12:00
    Chair: Daniel J. Ehnbom
    The Raw and the Simmered: Environmental Contexts of Food and Agrarian Relations in the Gangetic Plain [Full text]
    James R. Hagen

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    Forest Peoples, Frontiers, and Wildness in Western India Ajay Skaria
    University of Virginia
    [break: 15 minutes]
    Subaltern Sadhus: Political Ascetics in Indian Myth, Memory, and History [Full-Text] William R. Pinch
    leyan University
    When Peasants were Men [ Full-Text] Wendy Singer
    Kenyon College
    Discussants: Paul Brass, University of Washington, and Edith L. B. Turner, University of Virginia

    12:00-1:45 pm LUNCH

    The Bihar Agrarian Saturday, 23 May 1997, 2:00-5:00
    Chair: Murray Milner, Jr., University of Virginia

    Swami and Friend [Full-text Draft] Arvind Das
    Asia-Pacific Communication
    Associates, New Delhi
    (formerly Times of India)
    'Baba' and Non-Cooperator: Congress' Co-optation of Agrarian Unrest in North India in the 1920s and 1930s [Full-text Draft] Harold A. Gould
    Visiting Scholar
    University of Virginia
    Haat-Looting: Markets, Peasants, and Noncooperation in Gangetic Bihar, 1920-1922 Anand Yang
    University of Utah
    [break: 15 minutes]
    The Peasants of Jharkhand and the peasants of Jharkhand: A Preliminary Appraisal [Full-text Draft] Christopher V. Hill
    University of Colorado
    -Colorado Spri
    Recorded interview with Bihar peasant activist in 1962 [Full text] Sho Kuwajima
    Osaka University
    Discussants: Frederick H. Damon, University of Virginia and Prem Shankar Jha, Visiting Professor, McIntire School of Commerce, University of Virginia

    6:30-10:30 pm Dinner
    for symposium participants and guests at Rich Barnett's home, 1614 Meadowbrook Heights Road

    Comparative Perspectives SUNDAY 25 May 10:00-12:30
    Chair: Philip F. McEldowney, University of Virginia
    The Right to the Sea: the Struggle of Artisanal Fishers in Kerala since 1980 [Full-text Draft] Peter Reeves
    Curtin Institute of
    Technology, Australia
    Beyond Forest Boundaries: Peoples, Markets, and the State in Himalayan Punjab, 1850-1925 [Full-text Draft] Ruhi Grover
    University of Virginia
    Peasant Mobilization in South India, 1836-l957 [ Full text] Ronald J. Herring
    Cornell University
    Success and Failure in Rural Development: Maharashtra, Bihar and Bangladesh in the late 1980s. [Full-text Draft] Harry Blair
    Bucknell University
    Discussants: John Echeverri-Gent, University of Virginia and Sukirti Sahay, University of Virginia

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    Symposium Organizer -
    Richard B. Barnett
    History, Randall Hall, U.Va. fax 924-7891
    Charlottesville, VA 22903
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