Visions of the land in India (and elsewhere)
Trimukhi Platform and MACE join forces to offer -free of cost- a 3 days online workshop by French anthropologist Marc Hatzfeld: Visions of he land in India (and elsewhere), to be held from Friday 29th to Sunday 31st May 2015. The reason being simply the situation in India: the possibility that the law regarding land acquisition may be changed as a consequence of which the stress will fall largely on the farmers as well as on the tribals. It is important to generate thinking on this matter, perhaps in a more inventive and creative way than what is currently being done by the media and politicians...
Visions of the land in India (and elsewhere)
approach of an anthropological survey: an online workshop free of cost
Friday 29 May (evening) + Saturday 30 (all day) + Sunday 31 (afternoon)
(photo by Tania Barberán: outside Borotalpada Santal village, West Bengal, India, 2010)
- The dynamic: “thoughts are but the shades of emotions” (Nietzsche)...
We are going to conduct a collective survey on a sensitive issue. We are going to interview people of all ages, genders, jatis and social upbringings about their vision of the land. We don’t want ideas or opinions, which are much easier to deliver and to catch. We want to go deeper in people’s intimacy, asking for representations, images, emotions. We’ll face this timidity of the interviewed person who may tend to escape what could look like introspection and proclaim statements or dire facts instead. We don’t mind either of those, but we also want visions. The general idea behind this choice rests on the philosophical principle that, as the european philosopher Nietzsche wrote somewhere, “thoughts are but the shades of emotions.”
The level of this investigation is not the political level. The students are not supposed to take side in the dispute or even to argument the political involvements. The investigation focuses on the representations, the visions one has about land. The idea is to search what images, emotions and thoughts come in the interviewed person’s mind, when ’land’ is spoken of. It can bring memories of a specific land, feelings about the atmosphere given by the land or some land, analysis, comparisons. It can induce anything.
The effort, through such an approach, will be to engage with larger questions such as: Who has rights upon land? Who is entitled to change the rights upon land? At the same time, learners will have a hands-on experience of the tools and methodologies of an anthropological approach through the practicum requirements of the learning module. The anthropological interest of this survey is to venture beyond classical categories of exploitation, robbery, hierarchy, submission, grabbing, etc. Without erasing those categories, the idea is to find and define other categories, maybe more accurate, maybe complementary to the previous, maybe adding an angle or a color to the usual anthropological toolbox.
- The reason... being simply the situation in India...
The reason for offering now this online workshop is simply the situation in India: the possibility that the law regarding land acquisition may be changed as a consequence of which the stress will fall largely on the farmers as well as on the tribals. We feel that it is important to generate thinking on this matter, perhaps in a more inventive and creative way than what is currently being done by the media and politicians.
To offer this online workshop free of cost is once again due to the present scenario and debate surrounding land in India: to help producing thinking is more important than making money out of it.
- Biography of the professor
Marc Hatzfeld is a social anthropologist based in south of France. He studied law and political sciences in Paris (University Paris 1 and Sciences-po) in the sixties, then ethnology (Ecole pratique des hautes études) in the early nineties. He was an assistant professor at Paris 1 and Vincennes universities in 1970 and 1971. From 1972 to 1979, he travelled on the five continents, living out of any kinds of odd jobs. From 1980 to 1990, he lived in Toulouse (France) as a social worker. In the late nineties he started consulting for big corporations on human resources. Back in Paris in 1990, he started to work as a consultant on social issues, for city boards, local NGOs and ministerial bodies. From then on he progressively shared his professional life between research programs related to social issues (unemployment in the city, homelessness, mediation and respect, suburban management, health in popular neighbourhoods, juvenile transgression, etc.) and coaching projects and actors in suburban areas. He co-animates a seminar in the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris, gives lectures in urban sociology in University René Descartes in Paris. He published : Quand la marge est créatrice (Underground labour in the city), Petit traité de la banlieue (An ethnological approach of French suburbs), Les Dézingués (About homelessness), La culture des cités, Petites fabriques de la démocratie(on participatory democracy), Les lascars (on juvenile transgression). His book Poetic of the land is about to be published in London this year.
Marc Hatzfeld also directed two documentaries: Pas de problème (on youth and labour), Portes & passages (on immigration in Paris proper) and participated in What to build means? (on the construction of Trimukhi Cultural Centre in Borotalpada tribal village). He collaborated with Jean-Frédéric Chevallier for three theatre performances: Guignol's dol and Per Ruptam Silvam in India, Nous n'habitons plus les paysages in France.
- Bibliography (The students will be welcome and encouraged to add any novel, film, poetry and other pieces of literature or art, to this rather technical bibliography...)
- Leonard K. Elmhirst (with Rabindranath Tagore). Poet and plowman, Visvah Bharati, 1975
- Arild Engelsen Ruud, Poetic of village politics, Oxford University press (New Delhi), 2003
- Annu Jalais, Forest of tigers, Routledge, 2010
- Dayabati Roy, Partha Sarathi Banerjee, Contemporary politics in West Bengal, Purbalok publications, 2012
- Winin Pereira, Tending the earth, Earthcare books, 1993
- P. Sainath, Everybody loves a good draught, Penguin India, 1996
- Madhav Gadgil, Ramachandra Guha, This fissured land, Oxford India, 1992
- Pavan K. Varma, The great Indian middle class, Penguin, 2007
- Vandana Shiva, Earth democracy, Natraj publishers, 2010
- Participants in May 2015
The 30 online participants for the May 2015 workshop come from India (New Delhi, Bangalore, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Doimukh, Santiniketan and Borotalpada village), from Spain (Barcelona), from Argentina (Buenos Aires), from Colombia (Bogota), from Mexico (Mexico city, San Cristobal de las Casas). And Marc Hatzfeld is attending each one from France....
- Assessment of the work done
The students will be appraised on the survey they will be conducting, on their contribution to the work done together and on their ability to invent theoretical tools. The level of the student will determine his/her expected contribution. For this specific online workshop appraisal will be certified by Trimukhi Platform and MACE. To those who do not live in Kolkata, the certificate will be send by post.
- Registration process (the registration process is now closed as the workshop has started)
The process for registration is as follow:
- Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com giving, in a personal way, some details regarding your experience and your interest in relation to the course.
- Trimukhi Platform and MACE will revert by e-mail, to give you their approval or to ask you a few more questions or suggesting you to not take this course.
- Once your registration is confirmed, you will receive by e-mail your user name and password to access the course page on Moodle (http://www.trimukhionline.org/) as well as some instructions and guidelines to use the Moodle tools easily.
- On Friday 29th May 2015, the forum will be open online at http://www.trimukhionline.org/.
- The certificates will be delivered through MACE by June 2015. To those who do not live in Kolkata, the certificate will send by post. (If you live out of Kokata, do provide your postal address.)
For more information, please contact:
firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
Phone: +91 33 22 81 68 72 (office time)
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