Mubbasir RizviMubbashir Rizvi to Discuss What Remains Buried Under Land?

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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