Tania Murray Li à Paris le 21 avril 2016, CASE EHESS

Le Centre Asie du Sud-Est accueille la professeure Tania Murray Li, anthropologue du développement et spécialiste de l’Asie du Sud-Est, le 21 avril 2016 de 16 à 18 heures à l’EHESS, 190 avenue de France , Paris 13ème.

Elle présentera ses travaux dans la communication suivante:

Changing Relations of Land and Labour in Southeast Asia

Three hundred and thirty million people currently live in Southeast Asia’s rural areas – 30 million more people in 2010 than in 1990. Yet the terms on which they can access agricultural land have changed significantly, due to two main processes: the expansion of land uses that displace smallholders such as conservation areas, large scale plantations, hydro-schemes, and periurban sprawl; and the formalization of land access through titling and licensing schemes, often at the expense of customary rights of access. According to conventional transition narratives, people displaced from the land will move away to find paid work, in agriculture or other sectors. Hence the land question morphs into the labour question. On this front, we find that the availability of paid work is very uneven: people of particular age, gender, and ethnic groups may successfully navigate migrant labour regimes, while others are stuck in place – unable to live on the land as before, yet without an alternative. The talk offers a comparative exploration of changing relations of land and labour across the region, and some case studies from particular sites.

Tania Murray Li is a guest researcher at the Fondation Maison des Sciences de L’Homme in Paris, March-April 2016. She teaches in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Toronto, where she holds the Canada Research Chair in the Political Economy and Culture of Asia. Her publications include Land’s End: Capitalist Relations on an Indigenous Frontier (Duke University Press, 2014), Powers of Exclusion: Land Dilemmas in Southeast Asia (with Derek Hall and Philip Hirsch, NUS Press, 2011), The Will to Improve: Governmentality, Development, and the Practice of Politics (Duke University Press, 2007) and many articles on land, development, resource struggles, community, class, and indigeneity with a particular focus on Indonesia.