Mona Bhan: Dust, Dams, and the Weaponization of Water in
On Monday, February
10th, the South Asia Center of Syracuse University is pleased to welcome Mona Bhan, Associate
Professor of Anthropology and Ford-Maxwell Professor of South Asian Studies at Syracuse
talk will analyze the relationship between dam building, border wars, and
India’s settler colonial politics in Kashmir, particularly in the aftermath of
the removal of Articles 370 and 35A that maintained Kashmir’s semiautonomous
status in the Indian union. Bhan will discuss how controlling vital Himalayan
rivers fortifies Hindu reimaginings of Kashmiri territory while forcibly
integrating the region into India’s extractive economy.
Mona Bhan specializes in border wars and counterinsurgency; militarism and
humanitarianism; race, gender, and religion; environmentalism and climate
change; water and infrastructure. Bhan is also engaged in public anthropology.
She works closely with activists and human rights organizations on the ground
in Kashmir to understand how multiple actors are situated differently in
relation to the conflict. Her current research entails looking at
infrastructure as an instrument of occupation.
This talk will take place at 12:00pm in 341 Eggers Hall. Please
This event is cosponsored by the Sovereignty, Order and Conflict Seminar Series.