Development for Whom?: POSCO in India

Displacement Action and Research Network @ MIT, Left@MIT & Association for India's Development - Boston & MIT chapters present

Development for Whom?: POSCO in India

Documentary Screening and Panel Discussion

Steel giant POSCO's proposed mining project in India is the largest foreign direct investment in the country and will displace thousands of people. Panelists will discuss the political economy of the project, the social and environmental costs and benefits of such development models, and frameworks for understanding and challenging such models in the Global South.

MIT Room 7 - 429 (AVT/ Long Lounge)

77 Mass. Ave., Cambridge
Take elevator from main lobby after entering building
Light dinner provided
Free and open to public
Questions or info: fjawed@mit.edu
Moderator: Balakrishnan Rajagopal - Associate Professor of Law and Development, Department of Urban Studies and Planning, MIT

Panelists:
Sirisha Naidu - Associate Professor, Department of Economics at Wright State University. Dr. Naidu earned a Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2007. Her research, mostly interdisciplinary in nature, focuses on the political economy of development and environment in countries of the global south. She conducts research on collective management and access to environmental commons, the effects of neo-liberal policies on human and environmental well-being, and the distribution of costs and benefits of environmental pollution.

Balmurli Natrajan - Associate Professor of Anthropology, and Director of the University Core Curriculum at William Paterson University, New Jersey. His research and teaching interests include Group Formation (Caste, Class, Community), Development, Artisans, Agro-Science, State, Culture, South Asia, USA.His recent book is titled Culturalization of Caste in India: Identity and Inequality in a Multicultural Age (London: Routledge, 2011). He is currently working on the issues of rice farmers in Chhattisgarh. Balmurli is actively involved in popular education projects and solidarity work in in New Jersey and New York City.

Supported by: Department of Urban Studies and Planning, MIT; Alliance for a Secular and Democratic South Asia

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