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April 21, 2005

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Jodi Bart, UT Law, (512) 471-7330.
Program Contact: Professor Karen Engle, UT Law,

Anthropologist and Writer to Lecture at UT Law on the Environmental Politics of India, April 28

What: Lecture on the Environmental Politics of India by Associate Professor Amita Baviskar, Stanford University.
Where: UT School of Law, Eidman Courtroom (Maps:
When: Thurs., April 28, 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.
Cost: Free; Open to the public and University community.

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AUSTIN, Texas — Noted anthropologist and writer Amita Baviskar will deliver a talk on “Law, Land and Citizenship: Claiming Indigeneity in India,” on Thurs., April 28 from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m., in the Eidman Courtroom at The University of Texas School of Law.

Amita Baviskar is a visiting associate professor in the Cultural and Social Anthropology department at Stanford University. Her work addresses environmental politics, with a focus on social inequality and natural resource conflicts; environmental and indigenous social movements; and the anthropology of development, post-colonial cities, state formation, and the environment in South Asia. In 1992, Professor Baviskar received her Ph.D. in Development Sociology from Cornell. After teaching at the University of Delhi for almost a decade, she was a Ciriacy-Wantrup Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley. She has also taught at Cornell University.

Baviskar is the author of In the Belly of the River: Tribal Conflicts over Development in the Narmada Valley (Oxford University Press 1995, 2004) and has edited an anthology of essays, poems, and short stories titled Waterlines: The Penguin Book of River Writings (Penguin 2003). Another edited volume, Waterscapes: The Cultural Politics of a Natural Resource, is forthcoming from University of Washington Press and Permanent Black.

Professor Baviskar’s talk is sponsored by the Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice at the Law School; the Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies; and the Center for African and African American Studies.

Her lecture is the opening address for an all-day workshop Friday, April 29, at UT Law titled “Adjudicating Culture, Politicizing Law: Legal Strategies for Black and Indigenous Land Rights Struggles in the Americas.”

Related Links:
Adjudicating Culture, Politicizing Law: Legal Strategies for Black and Indigenous Land Rights Struggles in the Americas

Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice