Commodities, Ecology, and the Question of Labor: Two Histories from India
August 9 @ 10:00 am - 10:45 am
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A talk by Dr. Arnab Dey, Associate Professor of History, State University of New York (SUNY), Binghamton, USA
This paper argues for a rethinking of commodity histories beyond its material relations of production. It suggests, instead, that an agro-ecological approach that draws together crop and capitalreveal complex and unseen aspects of a product’s history and legacy. To that end, the latter’s concurrent use and abuse of land, labor, and landscape are also discussed. Using tea in colonial and contemporary India as case study, this paper demonstrates how this analytic method is both historically—and historiographically—urgent and generative.:
Dr. Arnab Dey is Associate Professor of History at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Binghamton, and a visiting scholar at the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, Cornell University.