[URBANTH-L]CFP: Rethinking Economic Zones in South Asia
jamiejcross at gmail.com
Fri Oct 2 11:19:18 EDT 2009
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CFP: Rethinking Economic Zones in South Asia
Panel @ the 21st European Conference on Modern South Asian Studies
July 26th-29th, 2010, University of Bonn, Germany
Free trade zones, export processing zones and special economic zones
have become controversial sites of planning, investment, and enterprise
across South Asia. For anthropologists they have also come to be seen
primarily as sites of 'neoliberal governance', in which national
territory and working populations are oriented specifically in relation
to their potential for growth and productivity.
This panel invites papers that rethink how economic zones operate and
what they do.
Key questions and themes that the panel hopes to address include:
* To what extent are 'neoliberal imaginaries' realized in economic zones
and translated into the production of neoliberal subjects?
* How have local histories of social transformation and trajectories of
development planning shaped the implementation of economic zones?
* Are disciplinary regimes that hinge on the insecurity, flexibility and
precariousness of labour be desribed as exceptional?
* What differences or continuities exist between economic zones and
other spaces that are governed in relation to the global market (this
may include sites of mineral extraction, private sector manufacturing
and state run enterprise)?
* How have market-oriented modes of governance shaped notions of
competition and individuality or solidarity and mutual-aid?
We invite papers based on current or recent empirical research in the
fields of anthropology, geography, sociology, history, political science
and development studies.
For further information, please contract the panel organisers:
Jamie Cross, Department of Anthropology, Goldsmiths College, London --
/jamiejcross at gmail.com/
Christian Strüempell, South Asia Institute, Ruprecht Karls University
Heidelberg - /struempell at eth.mpg.de
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