The Oriental Society of Australia 2020 A. R. Davis Memorial Lecture (Online) | “The bones of our mothers”: Coal, climate and resistance in a Chhattisgarh District – School of Languages and Cultures The Oriental Society of Australia 2020 A. R. Davis Memorial Lecture (Online) | “The bones of our mothers”: Coal, climate and resistance in a Chhattisgarh District – School of Languages and Cultures

The Oriental Society of Australia 2020 A. R. Davis Memorial Lecture (Online) | “The bones of our mothers”: Coal, climate and resistance in a Chhattisgarh District

The Oriental Society of Australia presents

The 2020 A. R. Davis Memorial Lecture

“The bones of our mothers”: Coal, climate and resistance in a Chhattisgarh District

Professor Devleena Ghosh, University of Technology Sydney

Abstract

In recent years, Adivasis in Chhattisgarh have been resisting the encroachment of their lands and forests by various mining corporations. Such developments have subsumed forest dwellers’ rights to the necessities of resource extraction and caused the displacement and loss of land and livelihoods. This presentation examines the historical status of forest dwelling Adivasis and the appropriation of their lands, first by colonial rulers in the 19th century and then by postcolonial governments. It discusses their resistance to these events in the context of the status of Adivasis in the Indian Constitution and the two Acts that attempted to clarify their rights (The Panchayat Extension to Scheduled Areas Act 1996 and the Forest Rights Act 2006).

Speaker

Davleena Ghosh is Professor of Social and Political Sciences at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Technology Sydney. She is the author of Beyond the Coal Rush: A Turning Point for Global Energy and Climate Policy (with Goodman et al, Cambridge University Press 2020), Teacher for Justice: Lucy Woodcock’s Transnational Life (with Goodall et al, ANU Press 2019) and Colonialism and Modernity (with Paul Gillen, UNSW Press, 2007)). She has researched and publishes in the areas of environmental and gender studies in South Asia and is working on a project involving land, indigenous people and renewable energy in India.

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For more information, contact: Dr Josh Stenberg – josh.stenberg@sydney.edu.au

Image: At the gate of an Adani coal mine in Parsa East Kante Basan, Chhattisgarh (2015)

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About the Oriental Society of Australia’s A. R. Davis Memorial Lecture

Founded in 1956 by Professor A.R. Davis, then-Head of Department of Oriental Studies at the University of Sydney, The Oriental Society of Australia was established to promote the knowledge of Asia in Australia as well as to provide a venue for scholars to present their work to their peers and others interested in Asia and Asia-related matters.

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Date

Oct 29 2020

Time

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

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Location

Online (Zoom)

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The Oriental Society of Australia
Email
josh.stenberg@sydney.edu.au
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