Thursday, April 1, 2021 12:30 PM
Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs
South Asia Center presents
Challenges to Citizenship in South Asia: Decolonizing Citizenship in South Asia
In recent years,
authoritarian regimes across South Asia have
denied rights and citizenship to religious and ethnic minorities or forcibly
annexed populations and territories through the disproportionate use of
military power. While the war against
COVID-19 has, in many instances, intensified the suppression of racial and
religious minorities, the causes and outcomes of a planetary pandemic cannot be
placed outside the context of long-standing patterns of resource use,
environmental degradation, militarization, war, and occupation. This webinar will examine how the political
consequences of the pandemic in India,
Pakistan, Kashmir, and Bangladesh
might be related to histories of dispossession and forced displacement,
racialization and religious discrimination, climate change, and the extractive
economies related to war and occupation.
How do statelessness, authoritarianism, and militarization pose a
veritable challenge to our abilities to imagine worlds of equality, health, and
justice? At the same time, how can
questions of environmental, social, and political justice become key to
envisioning post-pandemic futures? This
webinar is co-sponsored by the Syracuse
University’s South Asia Center and the Moynihan Institute of
Global Affairs. The speakers are Maira
Hayat (Stanford), Navine Murshid (Colgate), Mehroosh Tak (University of London),
and Navyug Gill (William Patterson) with Mona Bhan, Ford Maxwell Professor of
South Asian Studies at Syracuse University, as moderator.
This webinar is the beginning
of a series of workshops intended to build an international and
multidisciplinary research consortium as well as new advocacy networks across
regional and national boundaries exploring the challenges to statelessness and
the crisis of citizenship in many regions of the world.
Dr. Maira Hayat works at the intersection of bureaucracy,
law and environment. She completed her PhD in Anthropology at the University of
Chicago. She is currently at Stanford University, teaching classes on
environmental anthropology and climate change, and working on her book
manuscript, Ecologies of Water Governance in Pakistan: The Colony, the
Corporation and the Contemporary.
Dr. Navine Murshid is an Associate Professor of Political
Science and the Director of the International Relations Program at Colgate
University. She is the author of Politics of Refugees in South Asia: Identity,
Resistance, Manipulation (2013). Her current work is on the marginalization of
Bengali Muslims along Bangladesh's borders.
Dr. Mehroosh Tak is a lecturer in Agribusiness at the Royal
Veterinary College. An economist by training, Mehroosh’s research focuses on
food and agricultural policies for better nutrition. She is interested in
exploring the role of state and local communities to build resilient food
systems when faced with protracted crisis. Mehroosh has a background in
international development as a monitoring and evaluation consultant, where she
evaluated programmes for improved food and nutrition.
Dr. Navyug Gill is a scholar of modern South Asia and global
history. He is Assistant Professor in the Department of History at William
Paterson University. His research explores broad questions of agrarian change,
labor history, caste politics, postcolonial critique and global capitalism. His
academic and popular writings have appeared in venues such as the Journal of
Asian Studies, Economic and Political Weekly, Outlook, Al Jazeera, Law and
Political Economy Project, Borderlines and Trolley Times.
Dr. Mona Bhan is a cultural anthropologist whose work
explores the role of economic and infrastructural development in
counterinsurgency operations and people's resistance movements to protracted
war and conflict. Her areas of specialization include border wars and
counterinsurgency, militarism and humanitarianism, race, gender, and religion,
environmentalism and climate change, occupation and human rights, space and
place, water and infrastructure in Indian occupied Kashmir.
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