Commodity Connections: Culture, Politics and Economic Life

Faculty

Mekhala
Krishnamurthy

Course Dates

8th Jan – 8th Feb
 

Timings

6-8pm (Mon and Fri)
 

Commitment

6 hours/week

Price

INR 20,000

Applications

4th Dec 2020

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About The Course

What connections can we discover between carbon and democracy, sweetness and power, fabric and freedom, perishability and practice, data and destiny? This course sets out on the trail of a range of global commodities—coal, oil, sugar, cotton (and khadi and denim), fresh produce (eggs, meat, milk, fruits and vegetables), human organs, genetic information, and electronic data and investigates the complex and often invisible connections at work as processes of commodification unfold at different times and places around the globe. We will explore intrepid and insightful research by anthropologists, cultural geographers, social historians, political economists and documentary filmmakers to push our understanding about the production, exchange, processing and circulation of commodities, the techniques and technologies of transformation, and the questions that they raise for social, cultural, political and economic life in the contemporary world.

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    Faculty

    Mekhala Krishnamurthy

    Ph.D. University College London

    Mekhala Krishnamurthy is Associate Professor of Sociology and Social Anthropology at Ashoka University. Prior to joining Ashoka, she taught at the Department of Sociology, Shiv Nadar University.

    Over the last fifteen years, Professor Krishnamurthy’s research, publications, policy and professional engagements have involved work within and across a range of field sites and subjects, including women’s courts and dispute resolution, community health workers and public health systems, agriculture and agricultural markets, and water, livelihood security and land acquisition. Professor Krishnamurthy has trained at Harvard University, the University of Cambridge and at University College London, where she completed her Ph.D. in Anthropology. She is also a Non-Resident Scholar at the Center for the Advanced Study of India (CASI) at the University of Pennsylvania, where she previously held a Postdoctoral Fellowship.

    Academy Common Course Objectives

    Experience new Learning & Engagement Models on Important Topics

    Become Familiar with Diverse Readings, Research & Resources

    Learn to Engage in Critical Debate & Discussion

    Expand Your Perspective across Disciplinary Boundaries

    Develop Analytical & Critical- Thinking Faculties

    Learning Support for the Course

    Tanuj Luthra

    Teaching Assistant

    Tanuj Luthra – Teaching Assistant
    Tanuj Luthra has worked as a Teaching Fellow at Ashoka University. Before that, he graduated from the University of Delhi with a Bachelor’s in Mathematics, followed by a Master’s in Sociology. His research interests lie at the intersection of labour and healthcare in India.