Rohan D’Souza

 

(Associate Professor, Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies, Kyoto University)

[emails: rohand[at]asafas.kyoto-u.ac.jp ; rohanxdsouza[at]gmail.com ]

 

 

 

Education

 

1999 (Awarded), Ph.D., Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University

 

Teaching

 

2003-2015: Centre for Studies in Science Policy (CSSP), Jawaharlal Nehru University (New Delhi, India)

 

2014-2015 (on Leave from JNU): Department of History, Shiv Nadar University (Uttar Pradesh, India).

 

Research Supervision

 

PhD Thesis

  1. Pritpal S. Randhawa, “From Citizen’s Right to Consumer Choice Delhi’s Transport Revolution (1990-2004)”, (submitted to the Centre for Studies in Science Policy, Jawaharlal Nehru University), Awarded in 2009.
  2. Ravi Shukla, “Emergence of Neuroinformatics in India and Its Social Context”, (submitted to the Centre for Studies in Science Policy, Jawaharlal Nehru University), Awarded in 2014.
  3. Radhika Krishnan, “Technology, Environment and Development: The Role of Shankar Guha Niyogi and Ideologies for Labour”, (submitted to the Centre for Studies in Science Policy, Jawaharlal Nehru University), Awarded in 2015.
  4. Shashi Kant Prasad, “Surveillance and Technology: A Study of Working Conditions in Business Process Outsourcing Units (Delhi/ NCR)”, (submitted to the Centre for Studies in Science Policy, Jawaharlal Nehru University), Awarded 2015.
  5. Khetrimayum Monish Singh, “From Ration Card to 'Data Citizen': A Study of E-Governance in Assam”, Under Supervision
  6. Vidya Lakshmi Subramanian, “Information and Communication Technologies and the Politics of Speed: a case study of the Indian Premier League in India”, Under Supervision
  7. Anshu Ogra, “Science and Situated Knowledge: coffee growers and adaptation strategies for climate change in South India”, Under Supervision

 

Select M.Phil Dissertations

  1. Lianchawii, “Biosafety in India: Issues and Challenges”, 2004. (submitted to the Centre for Studies in Science Policy, Jawaharlal Nehru University)
  2. Sunandan K. N. , “Technology, Caste Colonial Difference: Narratives on Materials Production in Thiruvanthakoor “ , 2005. (submitted to the Centre for Studies in Science Policy, Jawaharlal Nehru University)
  3. Deepa Hazrati, “From ‘Management’ to ‘Turbulence’: World Bank and Irrigation Technologies in India”, 2006. (submitted to the Centre for Studies in Science Policy, Jawaharlal Nehru University)
  4. A P. Jayanthi , “Science and Wildlife Enumeration: The Tiger Population Estimation Debate in India”, 2010. (submitted to the Centre for Studies in Science Policy, Jawaharlal Nehru University)
  5. Nima Lamu Yolmo, “Technology, Digital Money and the Social: A Study of Malls, Debt-making and Surveillance in New Delhi (India) “ , 2011. (submitted to the Centre for Studies in Science Policy, Jawaharlal Nehru University)
  6. Vidya Lakshmi Subramanian, “Cricket, Technology and the Making of a Sporting Platform”, 2011. (submitted to the Centre for Studies in Science Policy, Jawaharlal Nehru University)
  7. Anshu Ogra, “Like I Said, the Gods Never Get it Right: Weather Experiences, Weather Forecasting and Coffee Growers in Contemporary South India “ , 2012. (submitted to the Centre for Studies in Science Policy, Jawaharlal Nehru University)
  8. Sadaf Javed, “A Study of Tea Growers and their Responses to Seasonal Variations and Extreme Weather Events in Contemporary Assam”, 2014. (submitted to the Centre for Studies in Science Policy, Jawaharlal Nehru University)
  9. Sarandha Jain, “The Elephant’s Feet: A Study of Oil as Infrastructure in India”, 2014. (submitted to the Centre for Studies in Science Policy, Jawaharlal Nehru University)

 

Research Positions, Awards and Fellowships

 

2016-19, Project Titled: ‘The Great Hydraulic Transition: colonial engineers and modern rivers in South Asia', Grants in Aid for Scientific Research (C), Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) [KAKENHI]

 

2014 (February-May), Visiting Research Fellowship at the Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies, Kyoto University, Japan.

 

2013 (Oct-Nov): Visiting Fellowship at the Centre for the Advanced Study of India, University of Pennsylvania, (U.S.A) http://casi.ssc.upenn.edu/about

 

2012 (April- September): Short Term Chair at the University of Tokyo ( Japan) as Visiting Professor of Contemporary Indian Studies by the Indian Council  for Cultural Relations.

 

2005 (June-July): Short Term Visiting Fellow, Resources Management Asia-Pacific, Australian National University (Australia)

 

2003: Senior Research Associate, Centre for World Environmental History, University of  Sussex (United Kingdom).    

 

2002-02:   Ratan Tata Fellowship, Institute of Economic Growth, New Delhi. (declined).

 

2000-02:   Ciriacy-Wantrup Postdoctoral Fellow, Berkeley, University of California.

 

1999-00:   Postdoctoral Fellow, Program for Agrarian Studies, Yale University.

 

1998-99:   Research Associate, Department of Sociology, Delhi University.

 

1996-98:   Junior Research Fellowship, the Indian Council for Historical Research 

 

Major Research Publications

 

Books:

 

 

 

 

Book articles:

 

 

 

 

 

 

             of Supply-Side Hydrology in India?’ in Terje, T., Chapman, G. and Hagen, R. (ed.),  A History of Water: Water, Geopolitics and the New World Order,  Series II Volume 3, I.B. Tauris: London, New York, 2010, pp. 356-73.

 

 

 

 

 

Journal Articles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Working Papers

 

 

 

 

Review Articles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other Publications

 

‘Disaster Research: The Quest for the New Normal’ in Humanitarian Action after Nepal Earthquake, Agenda for IAP in Southasiadisaster.net, Issue no. 131, 2015, p.9.

 

‘Damming Politics: India, China, and a Trans-Border River’, India in Transition, Centre for the Advanced Study of India (CASI), University of Pennsylvania, 11/04/2013.

http://casi.sas.upenn.edu/iit/dsouza

 

‘Environmental History and Climate Change: the modern flood in South Asia’ in Vo Quang Trong and Nguyen Chi Ben (ed.), Museum & Cultural Heritage: Facing Climate Change (International Conference), Social Science Publishing House, Hanoi, 2013, pp.70-91.

 

Current Anthropology, 53 (5), October 2012, pp. 631-32.

 

‘Floods and Climate Change: Sustainable Development and Other Imaginations’, UN Chronicle, Vol. XLIX No. 1&2 2012 (11.06.2012).

http://unchronicle.un.org/article/floods-and-climate-change-sustainable-development-and-other-imaginations/

 

‘Hydro-Politics, The Indus Treaty and Climate Change’, SEMINAR 626, October, 2011, pp.26-30

 

Hydro-politics, the Indus Water treaty and Climate Change: writing a new script for the Indus rivers’,  Re-Imagining the Indus, Report by the Observer Research Foundation  & Lahore University of Management Sciences, October, 2011, pp.95-106. www.orfonline.org

 

‘The Indian Ocean: The History, Ecology and Making of a Community’, Himanshu Prabha Ray, Rohan D’Souza and Gulshan Dietl in Water: Culture, Politics and Management, Indian International Centre, Pearson: Delhi, Chennai, Chandigarh, 2010, pp.49-68.

 

‘The OBC quota and the “New Economy”’, SEMINAR 563, July 2006, pp.66-7.

 

‘All dressed and nowhere to Go’, Hardnews, 3(7), June, 2006, p.21.

 

‘Workshop Report’ V.V. Krishna & Rohan D’Souza, Science, Technology & Society, 9 (2), July-December 2004, pp.319-325.

 

‘Linking Rivers: Hydraulic Suicide’, The Hindu: The Survey of the Environment, 2003, pp.25-30.

 

‘Another Disaster in the Making:  The Politics to Interlink Rivers in India’, HIMAL, 15 (12), December 2002, pp.8-9.

 

‘Capitalism’s Ecological Crisis’, SEMINAR, 516, August, 2002.

 

‘Hundreds Flooded by India’s Hirakud Dam’, World River’s Review, International Rivers Network, Berkeley, August, 2001.

 

‘Why Ambedkerites should be against Large Dams’, SEMINAR 496, December, 2000.

 

Politics, not Nature made Orissa floods calamitous’, The Telegraph (Kolkotta),  July 25, 2001. Republished as ‘Hundreds Flooded by India’s Hirakud Dam: Politics, Not Nature Made Orissa Floods Calamitous’ in World Rivers Review, 16(4), 2001, p.4.

http://www.internationalrivers.org/files/attached-files/wrr.v16.n4.pdf

 

Edited issue on Floods with introduction ‘The Problem’,  SEMINAR 478, June, 1999, pp.12-17.

 

‘The Politics of Flood Control’, The Ecologist Asia, 6 (5), September-October, 1998, pp. 36-37.

 

‘Spiti: Kul Waters From Glaciers’, in Agarwal & Narain (ed.), Dying Wisdom: Rise, Fall and Potential of India's Traditional Water Harvesting Systems,  Fourth State of India's Environment Citizen's Report, Centre for Science and Environment, New Delhi, 1997, pp.34-35.

 

‘Socialism and Immortality’, Mainstream, 31 (39), August 7th, 1993, pp.24-25.

 

‘Himalayan Water-sharing System Endangered’, Down To Earth, Centre for Science and Environment, April, 1993.

 

Newspaper and Web publications

 

‘The Government must learn to leave Universities alone’ in  THE WIRE, 18th February 2016.

http://thewire.in/2016/02/18/the-government-must-learn-to-leave-universities-alone-21830/


‘JNU row: When dissent becomes sedition, democracy gasps for breath’ , Hindustan Times, 14th February, 2016,

http://www.hindustantimes.com/editorials/jnu-row-when-dissent-becomes-sedition-democracy-gasps-for-breath/story-veyYOfnQ8KOll8d09qfGSJ.html

 

‘The Nationalist in the NRI’, The Hindu, 11th December 2015.

http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/op-ed/the-nationalist-in-the-nri/article7971926.ece?homepage=true

 

‘Mistaking a Scholar for a Bureaucrat’, The Hindu, 24th  September, 2015.

http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/op-ed/nmmls-mahesh-rangarajan-resignation-mistaking-a-scholar-for-a-bureaucrat/article7681921.ece?homepage=true>

 

‘Historians prevent us from becoming a people without history’, Hindustan Times, 8th August 2015.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/comment/historians-prevent-us-from-becoming-a-people-without-history/article1-1377691.aspx

 

‘Hardly the Soft Sciences’, The Hindu, 10th June, 2015.

http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/op-ed/hardly-the-soft-sciences/article7298891.ece?homepage=true

 

‘Time to bridge this river divide’, The Hindu, 13th September, 2013.

http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/lead/time-to-bridge-this-river-divide/article5120925.ece


‘No more time for delays’,  Hindustan Times, 26th August, 2012.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/editorial-views-on/Edits/No-more-time-for-delays/Article1-919793.aspx


‘How not to discuss water with China’, Business Line, January 1st, 2012.

http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/opinion/columns/article2766410.ece?homepage=true

 

Other Assignments

 

Series Editor for the Palgrave Studies in World Environmental History 

http://www.palgrave.com/page/detail/palgrave-studies-in-world-environmental-history-vinita-damodaran/?K=9781137415370

 

Editorial Board for Strategic Analysis

 

October 2011, Member of the Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) for the Sixth Biennial Conference of the Indian Society for Ecological Economics (INSEE) on ‘Nature, Economy and Society: Understanding the Linkages,.

 

2011, Advisor to The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) Advisory Board for the publication of ‘popular books’ publishing programme,.

 

2011, Nominated as Member of the Transition Team and Executive Group for the design phase of the initiative termed Future Earth: Research for Global Sustainability The Alliance comprises the Belmont Forum, International Council for Science (ICSU) and the International Social Science Council (ISSC). http://www.icsu.org/future-earth/transition-team/copy_of_transition-team

 

2010-2014,   Member, Board of Studies, School of Human Ecology, Ambedkar University, Delhi.

 

2004-2007, Associate Editor, Conservation and Society, Bangalore. Web address http://www.conservationandsociety.org/

 

2007,  Editorial Board for Water Alternatives. Web address http://www.water-alternatives.org.

 

Referee to Manuscripts from the following Journals:  Antipode;   Journal of Agrarian Change; Indian Economic and Social History ReviewWater HistoryWater Alternatives; Conservation and Society; Annals of Science; Asian Studies Review; Studies in History; Environmental Development; Social Studies of Science; Science Technology & Society; Contributions to Indian Sociology;Contributions to Indian Sociology; Research in Economic Anthropology; Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient.  

 

Referee to Book Manuscripts: Oxford University Press (New Delhi): Orient BlackSwan (Hyderabad); Sage (New Delhi); Yale University Press (New Haven, USA) 

 

Book Reviews

 

Julie E. Hughes, Animal Kingdoms: Hunting, the Environment, and Power in the Indian Princely States, Harvard University Press, 2014, International Journal of Asian Studies

11 (2), July 2014, pp. 217-218.

 

Iftekhar Iqbal, The Bengal Delta: Ecology, State and Social Change, 1840–1943, The Indian Economic and Social History Review, 50(4), October-December, 2013, pp.521-523.

 

Prakash Kumar, Indigo Plantations and Science in Colonial India, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2012 in The Book Review, 6 (XXXVII), June 2013, pp. 4-5.

 

B.G Karlsson, Unruly Hills: Nature and Nation in India’s Northeast, New Delhi: Orient BlackSwan & Social Science Press, 2011 in  Organization & Environment, XX(X) 1–3, 2012 

 

Amit Bhaduri, Essays in the Reconstruction of Political Economy, New Delhi: Aakar, 2010 and idem., The Face you were Afraid to See: essays on the Indian Economy, India: Penguin Books, 2009 in  Economic & Political Weekly, 45(37), September, 2010, pp. 34-5.

 

Gunnel Cederlof Landscapes and the Law: Environmental Politics, Regional Histories and Contests over Nature, New Delhi: Permanent Black, 2008 in  Economic & Political Weekly, 64 (52), December, 2009, pp. 22-24.

 

Aniket Alam, Becoming India: western Frontier Under British Rule, New Delhi Foundation Books, Cambridge University Press, 2008 Economic and Political Weekly,   29 (48), 2008, pp.26-27.

 

Joseph Morgan Hodge, Triumph of the Expert: Agrarian Doctrines of development and the Legacies of  British Colonialism, Athens: Ohio University Press, 2007 in  ISIS  [University of Chicago Press], 99(3) in September, 2008, pp.653-4.

 

Kaushik Roy, (ed.), War and Society in Colonial India (1807-1945, OUP: New Delhi, 2006, in The Indian Historical Review, 34(2), July, 2007, pp.225-228.

 

Gunnel Cederlof  and K. Sivaramakrishnan (ed.), Ecological Nationalisms: Nature, Livelihoods, and Identities in South Asia, Permanent Black, New Delhi, 2005. pp.399 ; Rudolf C. Herdia and Shereen F. Ratnagar (ed.), Mobile and Marginalized Peoples Perspectives from the Past,  Manohar, New Delhi, 2003 & J. Mark Baker, The Khuls of Kangra: Community-Managed Irrigation in the Western Himalaya, Permanent Black, New Delhi, 2005  in  Indian Economic and Social History Review,  44(4), 2007, pp.556-59.

 

Archana Prasad, Environmentalism and the Politics of the Left,  Left Word, 2004 in Social Scientist, 34 (11-12),  2007, pp.75-80.

 

Richard Drayton, Nature’s Government: Science, Imperial Britain, and the ‘Improvement’ of the World, Orient Longman, Hyderabad, 2005 (Indian Edition), in Economic and Political Weekly, 40(53), 2006, pp.5546-47.

 

Ganesh P. Shivakoti, Douglas L. Vermillion, Wai-Fung Lam, Elinor Ostrom, Ujjwal Pradhan and Robert Yoder ( eds), Asian Irrigation in Transition: responding to Challenges , New Delhi: Sage Publications, 2005 in  Science, Technology & Society, 11(2), 2006, pp.397-400.

 

Gary Nabhan, Why Some Like it Hot: Food,  Genes and Cultural Diversity, Island Press: Washington DC, 2004 in TerraGreen, 3(3), Oct-Dec, 2006, p.62.

 

Lyla Mehta, The Politics and Poetics of Water: Naturalising Scarcity in Western India, Orient Longman: Hyderabad, 2005, in SEMINAR, 564, August, 2006.

 

Mihai Spariosu, Global Intelligence and Human Development: Towards an Ecology of Global Learning (Cambridge MA: MIT Press, 2004), in MINERVA,  44 (Springer), 2006, pp.235-237.

 

Joan Martinez Alier, The environmentalisms of the Poor: A study of Ecological Conflicts and valuation, Oxford University Press: New Delhi, 2004 in The Book Review, January-February, 2006, p.55.

Arun Kumar Singh. Privatization of  Rivers in India,  Vikas Adhyayan Kendra: Mumbai, 2004 and idem, Inter-linking of rivers in India: A Preliminary Assessment, The Other Media: New Delhi, 2003 in SEMINAR, 554, December, 2004.

Medha Patkar (ed.), River Linking: A Millennium Folly? National Alliance of People’s Movements, Mumbai, January 2004 and Dr. Uma Shankari, (Compiled and Edited), Interlinking Rivers: Contradictions and Confrontations, South Asian Dialogues on Ecological Democracy & Centre for Study of developing Societies, Delhi, 2004 in Down To Earth, 12( 24) May  15, 2004.

 

Aditya Mukherjee, Imperialism, Nationalism and the Making of the Indian Capitalist Class, Sage Publications, New Delhi, 2002, in Indian Economic and Social History Review,  41(30), 2004, pp.341-3.

Ramaswamy R. Iyer,  WATER: Perspectives, Issues, Concerns, Sage Publications: New Delhi, 2003 in SEMINAR, 537, May, 2004.

Dinesh Kumar Mishra,  Living with the Politics of Floods: The Mystery of Flood Control,  Peoples’ Science Institute, Dehradun, 2000 in SEMINAR, 529, September, 2003.

K.V. Raju, G.K. Karanth, M.J.Bhende, D.Rajasekar, K.S.Gayathridevi, Rejuvenating Tanks: A Socio-Ecological Approach, Books for Change:  Bangalore, 2003 in The Hindu, Sunday, Jun 01, 2003.

Anil Agrawal, Sunita Narain and Srabani Sen (eds), The Citizen’s Fifth Report: State of India’s Environment Series (Part I and II ), Centre for Science and Environment, New Delhi, 1999 in SEMINAR, 486, February, 2000.

Amita Baviskar, In the Belly of the River: tribal conflicts and development in the Narmada valley, SEMINAR, 466, June 1998, pp.87-88.

Ben Crow with Alan Lindquist and David Wilson,  Sharing the Ganges: The politics and technology of river development,  Sage Publications, New Delhi and Thousand Oaks, California, 1995 in  SEMINAR , 438,  February 1996.

 

Biswamoy Pati, Resisting Domination: Peasants, Tribals and the National Movement in Orissa 1920-50, Manohar: New Delhi, 1993 in Indian Economic and Social History Review, 32(1), 1995, pp. 123-5.

 

Select Presentations

 

‘Hydrology as Ideology: water, power and environmental history in South Asia’ , MSc Environmental Governance,  10th  Generation Anniversary (November 2014), Sustainability Power and Change, Institute for Environmental Social Sciences and Geography, University of Freiburg, Germany. 11th November, 2014.

 

‘Writing South Asian Environmental Histories in the Epoch of the Anthropocene’, Dialog on Environmental History: BRICS, Fundação Casa de Rui Barbosa, and the Programa de Pós-Graduação em História Social da Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro - PPGHIS/UFRJ,  Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), August 26-30, 2014.

 

‘The Great Hydraulic Transition: Modern Origins of Land and Rivers in South Asia’, School of Asian and African Studies, Kyoto University, April 1st, 2014.

 

‘Drainage, River Erosion and Chaurs: an environmental history of land in Colonial Eastern India,   Environmental  Histories: Pasts and Futures, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (New Delhi), 21-22 March, 2014.

 

‘Bridging the River Divide: The Politics of River Water Sharing in South Asia South Asia University, 23rd January, 2014.

 

Under the Theme ‘The Great Hydraulic Transition in South Asia’, I gave talks at the Geography Department (Indiana, Bloomington), November 15th 2013;  CASI (University of Pennsylvania)  December 5th 2013 and New School (New York), 12th December, 2013.

 

Cusec Deadlock:  India, Pakistan and the Indus Water Treaty (IWT) in the time of  Hydro-politics’ Norwegian Institute of International Affairs, Oslo, 13th June , 2013 

 

‘Colonial Watershed or Socio-Natures: writing South Asian environmental histories in the epoch of the anthropocene’,  Keynote Address,  Ecology and Society Workshop at  The  Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, 24the May, 2013.

 

‘The Security and Insecurity of Water in South Asia’, Keynote Address,  Tapping the Turn: water’s social dimensions, Australian National University (Canberra, Australia) November 15-16, 2012.

 

‘The Geology of Morals and the Politics of Nature’, Lecture Talk at the Indian Institute of  Sciences, Bangalore, October 20th 2012.

 

‘The Making of the Modern Flood: Chronicling the Great Hydraulic Transition in South Asia’, International Conference on Cultural Heritages in the Mekong River Basin  and Ganges River Region Facing  Global Climate Changes, Vietnam Museum of Ethnology & Vietnam Institute of Culture and Arts Studies, Hue (Vietnam), June 11th, 2012.

 

‘Conflict against Security: the search for a water paradigm for South Asia’, Environment, Inequality, and Conflict,  Indian Statistical Institute (Delhi) and  Centre for Equality and Social Opportunity (ESOP), University of Oslo, 28th-29th March 2012.

 

‘When Soil and Water Do Not Mix: towards a history of drainage in India’, Environmental Issues in India,   Institute of Life Long Learning , Department of History, University of Delhi and Indraprastha College, University of Delhi, March 16 & 17, 2012.  

 

‘Cusec Deadlock:  Is there another script possible for the Indus rivers?’, New Frontiers of Indian Foreign Policy National Conference, Panjab University, Chandigarh, March 15th, 2012

 

‘Controlling Nature  and  Technology as Triumph:   Is the idea of Progress  sustainable?’ The History of Science and Technology in 20th Century India, Centre for Contemporary Studies, Indian Institute of Science and  Indian National Science Academy, (Bangalore)   (15 October 2011)

 

‘Nature of Money versus the Value of Conservation: Should Natural Endowments replace Ecological Services’ Student Conference on Conservation Science, National Centre for Biological Sciences (Bangalore), 14th-16th September, 2011 

 

‘Flood Control, Water Histories and Environmental Security: Rethinking Bangladesh-India Dialogues’ Special Short Term Course on India Bangladesh,  Gangtok, Sikkim University, September 9th-11th 2011

 

‘From Conflict to Securitization: The Making of Another Hydraulic Paradigm in India?’ Water Security in South Asia, Peace Research Institute Oslo (Norway), 14-15 June 2011.  

 

‘Cusec Deadlock: The Indus and Hydropolitics in a Fault Zone’, Blue Revolution: Charting South Asia’s Water Future, Observer Research Foundation,  Delhi, April 11th, 2011.

 

‘Water as a source of conflict’, India, Pakistan & Regional Stability Round Table Programme, Dept. of  War Studies,   King’s College, London,  29-31March, 2011.

 

Making Modern Flows: The Great Hydraulic Transition in Colonial India’,

Understanding Global India: The South Asian Path of Development and its Possibilities”  29th - 30th January 2011,  Kyoto University,  (Japan).

 

‘Making Modern Flows: The Great Hydraulic Transition in South Asia’, Panel: the Environmental History of India (part 2),  American History Association, Boston, 6th – 9th January, 2011 (U.S.A) 

 

‘Social-Natures and Environmental Change: Should environmental histories trump environmental economics?’ in Changing Nature ─ Changing Sciences

The Challenges of Global Environmental Change Research for the Social Sciences and Humanities , International Social Science Council-CIPSH, General Assembly Joint Symposium, Nagoya, (Japan), December 13-14th , 2010.

 

“Nature as calamity and development as triumph: is the idea of progress sustainable?” Symposium on Ecosystem and Development, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Sweden, November 24, 2010.

 

‘Improvements for progress: Hydraulic transformations in Colonial South Asia’, 79th Anglo-American Conference of Historians,  Senate House, University of London, 1-2nd July, 2010 (U.K).

 

‘Human Security Issues in South Asia: Water conflicts in India’ in the International Post-Graduate Program in Human Security at  Tohoko University, Japan, 14th January, 2010. http://humansecurity.jp/modules/bulletin/article.php?storyid=50

 

‘From Damming Rivers to Linking Waters: Is this the beginning of the end of Supply-Side Hydrology in India?’ The Currents of Power: Water and the New World Order,  20-21. April 2009 at the Centre for Advanced Studies, Oslo, (Norway).

 

‘River as Resource and Land to Own: The Great Hydraulic Transition in Eastern India’ Asian Environments Shaping the World: Conceptions of Nature and Environmental Practices, 19-21 March, 2009, National University of Singapore (Singapore).

 

‘Does History Matter: Rethinking Modern Irrigation in India’ in Conference on water Law reforms and the Right to water: Lessons from India, International Environmental Law Research centre (IELRC), Geneva, Switzerland, 23-24 January, 2009.  

 

‘Debating the Nehru Legacy: Flood Control and the Making of Modern India’, India International Centre, (New Delhi),   Frontiers of History,  22nd September, 2008.

 

‘Framing India’s Hydraulic Crisis: The Politics of the Modern Large dam in India’ , Large Dams, Hydropower and Northeast India, 1st- 2nd  September, 2008, Guwahati, (Assam), Panos South Asia & Kalpavriksh Media Dialogue.

 

‘Reconsiderations on  Capitalism and  the ‘ Natural Calamity’, Researching Disasters: Prospects and Dilemmas, International Roundtable Conference, 4th- 5th February, 2008, Jamsetji Tata Centre for Disaster Management, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, (Mumbai).

 

‘Development: Issues and Challenges’, Towards a New Understanding of North-East India, 23rd-25th January, 2008School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University.

 

“Mischievous Rivers and Evil  Shoals :  The English East India Company and the  Colonial Resource Regime.”  Workshop titled: East India Company and the Natural World at the Centre for World Environmental History, University of Sussex, June 8th , 2007.

 

“Rewriting the Script on Large Dams and Conflict in India” in International workshop on Water Access and Conflicts: Implications for Governance in South Asia. SaciWATERs:  South  Asia Consortium for  Interdisciplinary Water Resources Studies, Chennai March 21 and 22, 2007

 

“Debating the Great Hydraulic Transition in Eastern India” , in Lecture presentation in Japanese Association for South Asian Studies (JASAS), Osaka City University, September 5th,2006.

 

“The Great Hydraulic Transition:  Colonial Rule and Making the  Bengal Delta” , in  Seminar and Lecture Series Colonial Matters and Materialities: Discussions on Technology, Culture and Economy, Institute of Advanced Studies, Lancaster Universities, UK, 15th November, 2005.

 

‘Flooding and the Political Ecology of Resilience”, in  Seminar and Lecture Series Colonial Matters and Materialities: Discussions on Technology, Culture and Economy, Institute of Advanced Studies, Lancaster Universities, UK, 16th November, 2005.

 

‘The Conceptual World of the  “Skeptical Environmentalist”: Putting Lomborg’s Environmental Facts in their Place’, Resource Management in Asia-Pacific, Australian National University, 28th June, 2005.

 

Select Presentations

 

Key Note Address:

 

‘Development against Economic Growth: Reconsidering Debates in South Asian Environmental History’,  International Workshop: Environment in Asia: interdisciplinary discussions and future directions National University of Singapore, 11-12, November, 2015.

 

‘Historical responsibility’ and the problems of writing South Asian environmental history in the epoch of the Anthropocene’, Conference on Resource Politics: Transforming Pathways to Sustainability, STEPS Centre, Sussex University, 7-9 September, 2015.

 

 ‘The Security and Insecurity of Water in South Asia’, Conference, Tapping the Turn: water’s social dimensions, Australian National University, November 15-16, 2012.

 

‘Colonial Watershed or Socio-Natures: writing South Asian environmental histories in the epoch of the anthropocene’,   Ecology and Society Workshop at The Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, 24the May, 2013.

 

Talks/Lectures 

 

‘Hydrology as Ideology: water, power and environmental history in South Asia’ , MSc Environmental Governance,  10th  Generation Anniversary (November 2014), Sustainability Power and Change, Institute for Environmental Social Sciences and Geography, University of Freiburg, Germany. 11th November, 2014.

 

‘The Great Hydraulic Transition: Modern Origins of Land and Rivers in South Asia’, School of Asian and African Studies, Kyoto University, April 1st, 2014.

 

‘Bridging the River Divide: The Politics of River Water Sharing in South Asia South Asia University, New Delhi, 23rd January, 2014.

Under the Theme ‘The Great Hydraulic Transition in South Asia’, Geography Department (Indiana, Bloomington), November 15th 2013;  CASI (University of Pennsylvania)  December 5th 2013 and New School (New York), 12th December, 2013.

 

Cusec Deadlock:  India, Pakistan and the Indus Water Treaty (IWT) in the time of Hydro-politics’ Norwegian Institute of International Affairs, Oslo, 13th June , 2013. 

 

‘The Geology of Morals and the Politics of Nature’, the Indian Institute of  Sciences, Bangalore, October 20th 2012.

 

‘Conflict against Security: the search for a water paradigm for South Asia’, Environment, Inequality, and Conflict, Indian Statistical Institute ( New Delhi) and  Centre for Equality and Social Opportunity (ESOP), University of Oslo, 28th-29th March 2012.

 

‘Controlling Nature  and  Technology as Triumph:   Is the idea of Progress  sustainable?’ The History of Science and Technology in 20th Century India, Centre for Contemporary Studies, Indian Institute of Science and  Indian National Science Academy, (Bangalore)   (15 October 2011)

 

‘Nature of Money versus the Value of Conservation: Should Natural Endowments replace Ecological Services’ Student Conference on Conservation Science, National Centre for Biological Sciences (Bangalore), 14th-16th September, 2011. 

 

‘Flood Control, Water Histories and Environmental Security: Rethinking Bangladesh-India Dialogues’ Special Short Term Course on India Bangladesh,  Gangtok, Sikkim University, September 9th-11th 2011

 

‘When Soil and Water Do Not Mix: towards a history of drainage in India’, Environmental Issues in India,   Institute of Life Long Learning , Department of History, University of Delhi and Indraprastha College, University of Delhi, March 16 & 17, 2012.  

 

‘Cusec Deadlock:  Is there another script possible for the Indus rivers?’, New Frontiers of Indian Foreign Policy National Conference, Panjab University, Chandigarh, March 15th, 2012

 

 

‘Cusec Deadlock: The Indus and Hydropolitics in a Fault Zone’, Blue Revolution: Charting South Asia’s Water Future, Observer Research Foundation,  Delhi, April 11th, 2011.

 

‘Water as a source of conflict’, India, Pakistan & Regional Stability Round Table Programme, Dept. of  War Studies,   King’s College, London,  29-31March, 2011.

 

‘Social-Natures and Environmental Change: Should environmental histories trump environmental economics?’ in Changing Nature ─ Changing Sciences

The Challenges of Global Environmental Change Research for the Social Sciences and Humanities , International Social Science Council-CIPSH, General Assembly Joint Symposium, Nagoya, (Japan), December 13-14th , 2010.

 

Nature as calamity and development as triumph: is the idea of progress sustainable?” Symposium on Ecosystem and Development, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Sweden, November 24, 2010.

 

‘Framing India’s Hydraulic Crisis: The Politics of the Modern Large dam in India’ , Large Dams, Hydropower and Northeast India, 1st- 2nd  September, 2008, Guwahati, (Assam), Panos South Asia & Kalpavriksh Media Dialogue.

 

‘Reconsiderations on  Capitalism and  the ‘ Natural Calamity’, Researching Disasters: Prospects and Dilemmas, International Roundtable Conference, 4th- 5th February, 2008, Jamsetji Tata Centre for Disaster Management, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, (Mumbai).

 

 

 

Papers Presented

 

‘Writing South Asian Environmental Histories in the Epoch of the Anthropocene’, Dialogues  on Environmental History for the BRICS  in Fundação Casa de Rui Barbosa, and the Programa de Pós-Graduação em História Social da Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro - PPGHIS/UFRJ,  Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), August 26-30, 2014.

 

 ‘Drainage, River Erosion and Chaurs: an environmental history of land in Colonial Eastern India,   Environmental  Histories:  Pasts and Futures, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (New Delhi), 21-22 March, 2014.

 

‘The Making of the Modern Flood: Chronicling the Great Hydraulic Transition in South Asia’, International Conference on Cultural Heritages in the Mekong River Basin  and Ganges River Region Facing  Global Climate Changes, Vietnam Museum of Ethnology & Vietnam Institute of Culture and Arts Studies, Hue (Vietnam), June 11th, 2012.

 

‘From Conflict to Securitization: The Making of Another Hydraulic Paradigm in India?’ Water Security in South Asia, Peace Research Institute Oslo (Norway), 14-15 June 2011.  

 

Making Modern Flows: The Great Hydraulic Transition in Colonial India’,

Understanding Global India: The South Asian Path of Development and its Possibilities”  29th - 30th January 2011,  Kyoto University,  (Japan).

 

‘Making Modern Flows: The Great Hydraulic Transition in South Asia’, Panel: the Environmental History of India (part 2),  American History Association, Boston, 6th – 9th January, 2011 (U.S.A). 

 

 

‘Improvements for progress: Hydraulic transformations in Colonial South Asia’, 79th Anglo-American Conference of Historians,  Senate House, University of London, 1-2nd July, 2010 (U.K).

 

‘Human Security Issues in South Asia: Water conflicts in India’ in the International Post-Graduate Program in Human Security at  Tohoko University, Japan, 14th January, 2010. http://humansecurity.jp/modules/bulletin/article.php?storyid=50

 

‘From Damming Rivers to Linking Waters: Is this the beginning of the end of Supply-Side Hydrology in India?’ The Currents of Power: Water and the New World Order,  20-21. April 2009 at the Centre for Advanced Studies, Oslo, (Norway).

 

‘River as Resource and Land to Own: The Great Hydraulic Transition in Eastern India’ Asian Environments Shaping the World: Conceptions of Nature and Environmental Practices, 19-21 March, 2009, National University of Singapore (Singapore).

 

‘Does History Matter: Rethinking Modern Irrigation in India’ in Conference on water Law reforms and the Right to water: Lessons from India, International Environmental Law Research centre (IELRC), Geneva, Switzerland, 23-24 January, 2009.  

 

‘Debating the Nehru Legacy: Flood Control and the Making of Modern India’, India International Centre, (New Delhi),   Frontiers of History,  22nd September, 2008.

 

 ‘Development: Issues and Challenges’, Towards a New Understanding of North-East India, 23rd-25th January, 2008,  School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University.

 

 

“Mischievous Rivers and Evil  Shoals :  The English East India Company and the  Colonial Resource Regime.”  Workshop titled: East India Company and the Natural World at the Centre for World Environmental History, University of Sussex, June 8th , 2007.

 

“Rewriting the Script on Large Dams and Conflict in India” in International workshop on Water Access and Conflicts: Implications for Governance in South Asia. SaciWATERs:  South  Asia Consortium for  Interdisciplinary Water Resources Studies, Chennai March 21 and 22, 2007

 

“Debating the Great Hydraulic Transition in Eastern India” , in Lecture presentation in Japanese Association for South Asian Studies (JASAS), Osaka City University, September 5th,2006.

 

“The Great Hydraulic Transition:  Colonial Rule and Making the  Bengal Delta” , in  Seminar and Lecture Series Colonial Matters and Materialities: Discussions on Technology, Culture and Economy, Institute of Advanced Studies, Lancaster Universities, UK, 15th November, 2005.

 

‘Flooding and the Political Ecology of Resilience”, in  Seminar and Lecture Series Colonial Matters and Materialities: Discussions on Technology, Culture and Economy, Institute of Advanced Studies, Lancaster Universities, UK, 16th November, 2005.

 

‘The Conceptual World of the  “Skeptical Environmentalist”: Putting Lomborg’s Environmental Facts in their Place’, Resource Management in Asia-Pacific, Australian National University, 28th June, 2005.

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