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Feb. 27, 2017
Venue: TISS, Patna Centre
There is an impressive body of work and scholarship on Bihar. These works cover aspects of political economy especially the question of land, labour migration, and the mode of production in rural Bihar on the one hand, and various facets of development and aspects of social justice on the other. A great deal of work has been done on oral literature, folk theatre, and other cultural practices and in some cases these cultural practices have been used to reconstruct various aspects of Bihar. Recently, if one does a survey of research, papers, monographs etc. on Bihar it has been overwhelmingly on the question of migration, social justice, women’s empowerment, urbanisation, caste and rural development. Needless to say, these constitute important factors in the socio-political-economic life of Bihar. However, we want to throw open other avenues of research on Bihar and even when we investigate old issues like migration, land and agrarian relations we want to come up with new approaches and new methods to explore new grounds of studying Bihar.
This symposium brings together the research that the researchers of the Patna Centre of TISS have been doing for the past one year. The themes of research are varied and the questions that they are investigating are novel. The research papers include work on the genealogy of the Bihar-Nepal border, an ethnographic study of a school to understand gender, power, and sexuality and their intersection, collective action and economic agency of so-called left-behind women, caste among Muslims, a study of urban fringe economy, and a study of agrarian relation as it exists today in its dynamics and migration. It is hoped that these papers would elicit a vibrant discussion and would lead to a more varied research projects on Bihar. The papers will be published in a volume.
Session I - Space, Place & Power in Transforming Bihar: Papers
Session II - Bordered Lives, Gendered Labour and Agrarian Relations: Papers
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