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Join us for an Environmental Forum with Tania Li on Thursday, January 31 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at Stanford University. A reception to follow.

Tania Li, Professor, University of Toronto

Tania Li’s early research in Southeast Asia concerned urban cultural politics in Singapore. Since then she has focused on culture, economy, environment, and development in Indonesia’s upland regions. She has written about the rise of Indonesia’s indigenous peoples’ movement, land reform, rural class formation, struggles over the forests and conservation, community resource management, and state-organized resettlement. Her book The Will to Improve explores a century of interventions by colonial and contemporary officials, missionaries, development experts and activists. Powers of Exclusion examines agrarian transition to see what happens to farmers’ access to land in the context of competing land uses (e.g. conservation, urban sprawl, plantation agriculture). Her prize-winning book Land’s End tracks the emergence of capitalist relations among indigenous highlanders when they enclosed their common land. Her current writing project is an ethnography provisionally titled Plantation Life. It explores the forms of social, political, cultural and economic life that emerge in Indonesia’s oil palm plantation zone. Future work will focus on the problems faced by people who are pushed off the land in contexts where they have little or no access to waged employment.




The Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment and the Department of Anthropology will host two Environmental Forums in the winter quarter. This Forum will focus on how the field of environmental anthropology is currently evolving and which subthemes, approaches and models have proved the more successful in fostering meaningful research collaboration between natural science traditions, applied research and social science approaches in the study of the relationship between society and the environment.

Speakers will discuss their ongoing research and share thoughts on successful models of collaboration between social scientists and those working in the natural sciences in understanding the complexities of the environment.

For questions, please contact Mollie Field at mfield1@stanford.edu.

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