Making the State, Making Agricultural Subjects: International Law and Transnational Governmentality in India

Mar 3, 2023

01:00 PM - 02:30 PM

University Capitol Centre, 1117

200 South Capitol Street, Iowa City, IA 52240

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The South Asian Studies Program (an International Programs affinity group) and the UI Department of Geographical and Sustainability Sciences invite you to "Making the State, Making Agricultural Subjects: International Law and Transnational Governmentality in India," a talk by Dr. Ali Malik, on Friday, March 3, from 1 - 2:30 p.m., in 1117 University Capitol Centre.  

Neoliberal restructuring across various scales enabled India to selectively incorporate itself into the global knowledge economy through its engagement with international law in the 1990s. In considering how “making and remaking the state is a project of international law,” Dr. Malik asks how international law contributed to the restructuring of the Indian state and agriculture. Malik argues that the transformation of the state was the sum of the work of global institutions and the disciplinary power of international law within a broader project of transnational governmentality. 

Dr. Ali Malik earned a PhD in socio-legal studies at York University in 2022, and a MA in international human rights law from the American University in Cairo. He has published in the Journal of Peasant Studies, UC Irvine Law Review, and various edited volumes. He has presented his research at a range of institutions, such as the National University of Singapore, Harvard Law School, SOAS-London, and Columbia University. Drawing on a range of interdisciplinary theoretical and methodological influences rooted in anthropology and geography, postcolonial studies, and critical legal studies, his dissertation titled Conjunctures in Law & Development: Exploring Three Agricultural Futures in India explored the historical and legal intersections of law, agriculture, technology, and development in India. 

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