Heritage and the Politics of Culture
‘Place, Practice and Nature in Experiential Perspective 2: Rice’ is a roundtable-workshop to further explore HaB’s methodological approach of viewing rice as a ‘site of knowledge and meaning’ in diverse regional contexts. The papers presented at the panel ‘Rice-scapes: Topographies, Tastes and Technologies’ in the Borderlands conference held in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan in August 2018 offered a window into how rice can be deployed as a meaningful point of inquiry. In January 2019, Ambedkar University Delhi facilitated an inter-community dialogue around the question of rice sovereignty at Kokrajhar, which is part of India’s north-east witnessing a series of ethnic conflicts in recent decades. The meeting reinforced the need for curricular spaces for sustained academia-society interaction, not only to build long-term research capacities but also, to develop locally embedded syllabi in the region.
The present roundtable is an occasion to ‘workshop’ the papers written and discussed during the Bishkek meeting. We will use ‘Place, Practice and Nature’ as the frame for a potential bachelor’s and master’s level course that would be relevant across Asian and African university contexts.