Adivasis and the State in India

India is home to more than 100 million Adivasis, or “tribals”. Although traditionally seen as marginalized or relatively isolated from the mainstream political life of the Indian nation, Adivasi groups have in recent decades become increasingly entangled in a more complex and often contradictory relationship with the governing structures of the state. In this seminar, three leading international experts on India’s Adivasis explore the crucial dimensions of this relationship.


Mikkel Berg-Nordlie (Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research - HiOA)


Presentations by:

Uday Chandra (Georgetown University, Qatar): “Intimate Antagonisms: Adivasis and the State in Contemporary India”

Lipika Kamra (University of Oxford): “Asserting Adivasi-ness: Mahatos and the State in the Jungle Mahals of West Bengal”

Patrik Oskarsson (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences): “Nature and discourse in the governance of minerals in Adivasi India”


Asianettverket, NIBR (Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research)
Published Oct. 17, 2016 5:00 PM - Last modified Oct. 30, 2016 8:36 PM