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Book Launch: Resource Politics & Militarization in Northeast India

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Living with Oil and Coal

Resource Politics and Militarization in Northeast India

DOLLY KIKON

Join us at the Australia India Institute to launch Dolly Kikon's book: Living with Oil and Coal. Dolly will provide a short introduction to the book before turning to the floor for a question and answer session.

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The nineteenth-century discovery of oil in the eastern Himalayan foothills, together with the establishment of tea plantations and other extractive industries, continues to have a profound impact on life in the region. In the Indian states of Assam and Nagaland, everyday militarization, violence, and the scramble for natural resources regulate the lives of Naga, Ahom, and Adivasi people, as well as migrants from elsewhere in the region, as they struggle to find peace and work.

Anthropologist Dolly Kikon uses in-depth ethnographic accounts to address the complexity of Northeast India, a region between Southeast Asia and China where boundaries and borders are made, disputed, and maintained. Bringing a fresh and exciting direction to borderland studies, she explores the social bonds established through practices of resource extraction and the tensions these relations generate, focusing on peoples' love for the landscape and for the state, as well as for family, friends, and neighbours. Living with Oil and Coal illuminates questions of citizenship, social justice, and environmental politics that are shared by communities worldwide.

About the author:

Dolly Kikon is a senior lecturer in the Anthropology and Development Studies Program at the University of Melbourne. She is the author of Life and Dignity: Women's Testimonies of Sexual Violence in Dimapur (Nagaland) and Experiences of Naga Women in Armed Conflict: Narratives from a Militarized Society.

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Dr Erin Fitz-Henry is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology and Development Studies. She joined the School of Social and Political Sciences in 2011, after completing a PhD in anthropology at Princeton University and an M.Div. at Harvard University. Her primary interests are transnational social movements, particularly those related to radical environmental politics, U.S. led-militarization and its legacies, and post-neoliberal futures. She is the author of U.S. Military Bases and Anti-Military Organizing: An Ethnography of an Air Force Base (2015). Her current research focuses on movements for the "rights" of nature in Ecuador, the United States, and New Zealand.

Professor Craig Jeffrey is Director and CEO of the Australia India Institute. A leading authority on South Asian youth, Craig has spent over two decades working in western Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. He also writes on Indian democracy, educational transformation, and globalisation and has authored six books, including Timepass: Youth, Class and the Politics of Waiting in India, Keywords for Modern India, and A Very Short Introduction to Modern India. Professor Jeffrey's work has informed the policy of governments and global organisations including the United Nations, World Bank, UK Department of International Development, and the Australian Government.

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