Mubbashir Rizvi to Discuss What Remains Buried Under
On Tuesday March 22nd, the South Asia
Center will host Mubbashir Rizvi, Assistant Professor in the Department of
Anthropology at Georgetown University, to give a talk titled “What Remains
Buried Under Land? The Moral Economy of Infrastructure and Politics of Land
Rights in Punjab”. This lecture will take place in 341 Eggers Hall at 12:30 PM.
For the last ten years, the Pakistan Army
has not been able to collect rent from tenant farmers on its military farms in
Central Punjab. In his article, Rizvi analyzes the historical and cultural
significance of this contested land by using insights from classic
anthropological literature on gift exchange, and the emerging literature on the
politics of infrastructure to illustrate the contingency of rule in Pakistan.
Mubbashir Rizvi is an
Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Georgetown University. Dr.
Rizvi’s field research analyzes the cultural significance of land relations,
caste and religious identity to understand political subjectivity in Punjab,
Pakistan. His teaching and research interests range from ethnography of social
movements, historical anthropology, environmental anthropology and postcolonial
theory. In addition to his research in South Asia, Dr. Rizvi is interested in
how Muslim youth negotiate the politics of race in Europe and America.
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