Radha Kumar: Claiming Water: Building Dams and Subjects in
On Tuesday, February 18th, the South Asia Center of Syracuse
University is pleased to introduce Radha Kumar, Assistant Professor of History
at Syracuse University. The 1930s construction of the Mettur Dam across
the River Kaveri in southern India was a technocratic achievement for the
colonial government. But it was also a
financial venture expected to yield reliable returns in the form of increased
water-rates. This talk will examine how the construction of the dam entailed
the construction of the ideal water-consuming subject – the paddy farmer who
sold to a global market, while marginalizing other users of the river.
Kumar is an
Assistant Professor of History at Syracuse University. Her first project
examined the everyday aspects of policing and its intersections with caste
politics in twentieth century South India.
This talk will take place at 12:30pm in 341 Eggers Hall. All are