Great Conversations: Medha Patkar in conversation with David Harvey "Land-grab, Law, and Capitalism

Sat, April 23, 2011 10:30 am at Alwan for the Arts

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Medha Patkar
in conversation with
David Harvey

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Talk by Medha Patkar

MEDHA PATKAR, renowned Indian social activist,founder member of theNarmada Bachao Andolan(NBA; Save the Narmada Campaign) since 1989, and founder convenor of the National Alliance of People's Movements (NAPM), was awarded the Right Livelihood Award in 1991 and served as a commissioner for the World Commission on Dams between 1998-2001. The NBA’s historic resistance to the Sardar Sarovar and other large and medium dams on the river Narmada in India are well documented and have fundamentally challenged the destructive paradigm of development espoused by big dams and unsustainable industrialization. With her immense dedication and commitment to struggles for justice and equitable and sustainable development, she has inspired generations of Indian activists, leading indigenous peoples', workers’ and peasants’ struggles for rights to land, livelihood and ecologically sustainable development.

DAVID HARVEYis the Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). A social theoristof international standing, he is widely known for his critique of global capitalism and neoliberal development. He has significantly helped bring back social class and Marxist methods as serious methodological tools; his explanation of 'accumulation by dispossession' has found resonance among left circles across the world grappling with neoliberal politics. His writingsare widely appreciated internationally and in India. His close associations with activist groups and concerns like the 'Right to the City' movement in New York and othersmake his analyses particularly relevant to questions of right to housing, gentrification, dispossession and other neoliberal malaises.

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Great Conversation is series that invites thinkers to choose people from other disciplines who are of intellectual and inspirational interest to them in an attempt to enlarge the scope of our understanding of the production of knowledge. The series is meant to offer a paradigm of comparative experiences, where other forms of knowledge can better enrich consciousness of the self.

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