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Political Science and International Relations : The Nation and The Nature; The Power and Practice of Assembling Military Environmentalism on the Borders of India. Other events...
This paper empirically examines and debates the specific governmental intervention of military environmentalism that set out to improve and protect the disputed Himalayan borders of India. Through employing the analytic of assemblage to study military environmentalism, the paper focuses upon the typology of six practices namely: forging alignments; rendering technical; authorising knowledge; managing failures and contradictions; anti-politics and reassembling to determine the power of discourses, institutions, procedures, tactics and subject positions that makes up any governmental intervention. Based upon a long-term fieldwork, it examines the practice of paramilitary Indo-Tibetan Border Police’s wildlife conservation initiatives inside the Changthang Wildlife Sanctuary that brings together an array of actors (pastoralists, state conservation officials, biologists, activists, politicians and the border militaries) and objectives (livelihoods, control, authority, sustainability and security). It demonstrates how military environmentalism is assembled and sustained in the midst of mounting army force deployments and an operational readiness of India to go on a war with China. Moving away from resolving the moral questions connected to such an assemblage, the paper highlights how military environmentalism is a matter of fragile relays, contested locales and fissiparous affiliations and is not a governmental rationality that extends unproblematically to take forward its promise of improvement.
Speaker(s) Dr. Alka Sabhawal, School of Social Sciences, UWA
Location UWA Social Sciences building, room 2.63
Contact Mark Beeson <mark.beeson@uwa.edu.au>
Start Tue, 09 Oct 2018 13:00
End Tue, 09 Oct 2018 14:00
Submitted by Karen Eichorn <ss@uwa.edu.au>
Last Updated Wed, 03 Oct 2018 14:21
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