ANR Programme 2009-2013
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A Joint Programme on Justice and Governance in India and South Asia
(Hosted by Centre for Himalayan Studies)

2009/05: Shalini Randeria: Entangled Modernities. Environmental Governance and the Cunning State in India.

Shalini Randeria

Professor of Anthropology, University of Zürich

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presented a talk on May 28th, 2009, at the EHESS (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales), Paris, on:
Entangled Modernities
Environmental Governance and the Cunning State in India


The new language and practices of globalized environmental governance have a complex colonial genealogy. The lecture will delineate some post-colonial continuities and shifts in regulatory, documentary and enforcement practices of biodiversity conservation and wildlife protection in India. The twin processes of nature-making and state-building from the social and territorial margins of the state will be discussed using ethnographic material. These practices involve a complex interplay of state laws, World Bank credit conditionalities and various sets of international norms advocated by conservationist and community-based human rights NGOs. The strategies of the cunning state caught between commitments to international agencies and grass-roots demands from social movements will be examined in this context. Finally some dilemmas of a decolonization of the imagination in the South will be considered with regard to the transnationalization of law.
2007 Randeria, Shalini / Eckert, Andreas (Ed.): Vom Imperialismus zu Empire? Globalisierung aus nicht-westlicher Sicht: postkoloniale Perspektiven, Reihe „Zweite Moderne“, Frankfurt: Suhrkamp Verlag.
2004 Randeria, Shalini / Fuchs, Martin / Linkenbach, Antje (Ed.) : Konfigurationen der Moderne: Diskurse zu Indien, Soziale Welt – Sonderband 15, München: Nomos Verlag.
2004 Friedman, Jonathan / Randeria, Shalini (Ed.): Worlds on the Move : Globalisation, Migration and Cultural Security, Human Security and Global Governance, vol 6, London: I.B. Tauris
2002 S. Conrad / S. Randeria (Ed.) : Jenseits des Eurozentrismus: Postkoloniale Perspektiven in den Geschichts- und Kulturwissenschaften, Campus Verlag, Frankfurt
2002 Y. Elkana, I. Krastev, E. Macamo and S. Randeria (Ed.): Unraveling Ties: From Social Cohesion to New Practices of Connectedness, Campus Verlag, Frankfurt.