Please rsvp to at latest 16 October 2017. A light lunch will be served at the seminar

During this brown-bag lunch I will present my recent volume South Asian Activists in the Global Justice Movement (2017). The work is a study of the last decades of the networks in the Global Justice Movement (GJM) and World Social Forums. The volume is an ethnographically rooted account of two conflicting discourses-one among activists in Global Justice Movement and the other emanating from the World Bank-that have become intertwined locally within the same circle of activists. I will discuss the not-so-obvious yet intricate links between the World Bank, the United Nations, popular rock stars, and historical knowledge production among activists in South Asia and Japan in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

During the last decade a large number of volumes have been written about the Global Justice Movement and the Occupy movement. However, few of these have been based on fieldwork and even fewer focused on transnational activism in South Asia and Japan. This work has aimed to bridge this gap and offer another perspective on the traditions of protest, ethics, organizational forms, and visions among activists than is usually presented in the literature on the Global Justice Movement, which largely focuses on Latin America, the United States, and Europe.

Eva-Maria Hardtmann is Associate professor of Social Anthropology, Stockholm University. Her research areas include social movements, activism, transnationalism, gender, and power relations.

Please rsvp to at latest 16 October 2017