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February 2021

The gender gap in agricultural productivity in eastern and southern Africa: quantitative and qualitative determinants

February 25, 2021 @ 5:15 pm - 7:00 pm
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HAROON AKRAM-LODHI (Trent University, Ontario) Rural economies are strongly and pervasively gendered. Women and men farmers do not always face the same production conditions, nor do they always make the same production choices. They consequently do not always have similar levels of agricultural productivity. This paper is a mixed-methods exploration of the causes of gender gaps in agricultural productivity in eastern and southern Africa. It demonstrates that the social norms and values that underpin and sustain gender relations are the…

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March 2021

The Agrarian Question of Gendered Labour

March 4, 2021 @ 5:15 pm - 7:00 pm
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LYN OSSOME (Institute for Economic Justice, Johannesburg) The gendered nature of exploitation attached to social reproduction in the process of agrarian transitions continues to preoccupy feminist agrarian scholarship. In that tradition, this paper explores some conceptual dimensions of gendered labour by focusing on labour processes associated with rural and agrarian economies through a theoretical exploration of reproductive labour as an agrarian question. Under the global neoliberal economic regime and the resulting labour fragmentation, capitalist markets increasingly rely on such reproductive…

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Agribusiness expansion and social reproduction in the Chaco Region, Argentina: The everlasting promise of development

March 11, 2021 @ 5:15 pm - 7:00 pm
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CARLA GRAS (National University of San Martín, Buenos Aires) Drawing upon fieldwork in the south-east of the Chaco Region in Argentina, a major agricultural frontier, this presentation focuses on two main topics: (i) how large-scale firms are managing current economic and ecological constraints affecting expanded capital accumulation; (ii) how changing strategies of capital accumulation are reshaping labour regimes and social inclusion. From an approach to social differentiation and reproduction, I intend to connect the aforementioned topics to explore the developmental…

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November 2021

Peasant movements and agrarian change in 21st century Pakistan

November 18, 2021 @ 5:15 pm - 7:00 pm
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Noaman G Ali (Lahore University of Management Sciences) Yahya Aftab (Independent scholar and activist) The first two decades of the 21st century in Pakistan witnessed dramatic rural social and political mobilizations. Whereas the Anjuman Mazareen-e Punjab (Tenants’ Association of Punjab) and the Pakistan Kisan Ittehad (Pakistan Farmers’ Union) posed their identity and objectives in occupational and economistic terms, the Pakistani Taliban did so in religious and political terms. Scholars have explained the latter’s emergence mainly through contextual and ideological factors…

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December 2021

Cheap meat and incalculable costs

December 2, 2021 @ 5:15 pm - 7:00 pm
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Toni Weis (University of Western Ontario) CANCELLED AS IT FALLS ON A UCU STRIKE DAY

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January 2022

Autonomy as an agrarian strategy?  – a roundtable discussion

January 27 @ 5:15 pm - 7:00 pm
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Kees Jansen (Wageningen University) Alice Guimarães (Universidad Católica Boliviana, La Paz) Leandro Vergara-Camus (Université de l'Ontario Français, Ontario) https://youtu.be/Nb2_jZRabTQ

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February 2022

Agroecology and the agrarian question in the twenty-first century: The ties that bind?

February 3 @ 5:15 pm - 7:00 pm
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Haroon Akram-Lodhi (Trent University) https://youtu.be/kQyW0ZlVq7o

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Cheap meat and incalculable costs

February 24 @ 5:15 pm - 7:00 pm
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Tony Weis (University of Western Ontario) https://youtu.be/nqiNrGcY3cs

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March 2022

Land rents and accumulation in late-industrialisation: anxieties of ‘class’ in rural India

March 17 @ 5:15 pm - 7:00 pm
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Mihika Chatterjee (University of Oxford) https://youtu.be/DUmNSTSr8lk

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June 2022

Neoliberalism in Indian Agriculture & the Struggle against the Farm Laws

June 29 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Bancroft Room 3.26, Bancroft Building, QMUL, Mile End Campus
London,
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R Ramakumar (Professor, School of Development Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai & Distinguished Visiting Fellow, School of Business & Management, Queen Mary University of London) In November 2021, the farmer struggles in India met with unprecedented success when the Union government of India withdrew three bills that were seen as a threat to farmer livelihoods in North India. This talk shall discuss the state of Indian agriculture, the location of the protest within the country's agricultural policies and…

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