【INDAS】”The Diversity-driven Path of Economic Development: Small-scale Production, Commodity Consumption and Socio-cultural Representation in Modern India”[International Workshop]

【Date】Saturday, January 28, 2012 9:30-


【Venue】LSE, London 、the conference room at STICERD
The set of mass production and mass consumption, once thought as the essential
and prime features of modern capitalism, is now recognized as one option in t
he wider spectrum of various capitalisms. In connection with this retrospectiv
e revision in historiography, a certain circle of scholarship in Asian studies
has been reconstructing a historical path of economic evolution which did not
necessarily put machinery or the economy of scale at the core, but instead to
ok effective advantage of manual labour and craftwork to mould various ranges
of small-scale production.

This workshop intends to capture some more depths of such peculiar facets of c
apitalism in Asia, especially India, by putting focus not only on the producti
on but also commodity consumption and the surrounding socio-cultural context.
In concrete, the workshop is to enquire into the possible triangular link conn
ecting the small-scale production, variety of commodity, and multiplicity of i
dentity/social representation. Namely, it is particularly interested in how th
e small-scale production echoed the demand for variety/differences of commodit
ies in society, and how such social demand was backed by socio-cultural notion
/values and even political/ideological logic.

In the enquiry, special attention is to be put on the historical dynamics stre
tching from the colonial period where India’s commodities or material world i
n general were exposed to various socio-cultural as well as political conditio
ns including institutional settings. We also make close observations on the in
tra-regional context beyond India, where indigenous elements contested with fo
rces coming from outside in various spheres including human and material resou
rces, disciplines and values, technology, etc..

As a whole, the workshop is to hopefully become a venue to historically and cu
rrently test whether the socio-cultural diversity, now largely acknowledged as
the moral and political value, could also work as a key gear for the economic
development. Test here does not confine the arguments to plausibly affirmativ
e aspects, but rather pays keen attention on contradiction, ambivalence, tensi
on, distortion, etc..

ORGANIZER: Takashi Oishi

Department of Economic History, LSE
"Young Researcher Overseas Visits Program for Vitalizing Brain Circulation” (
JSPS, Japan)
"Contemporary Indian Area Studies (INDAS) "(NIHU, Japan)
"In Search of Sustainable Humanosphere in Asia and Africa" (Kyoto University G
lobal COE Program)


Opening addresses
Minoru Mio (National Museum of Ethnology, Japan)
Akio Tanabe(Kyoto University, Japan)

Aim of Workshop
Takashi Oishi(Kobe City University of Foreign Studies, Japan)

The first three papers to be read in morning session, and the rest two in the
afternoon one.

Takashi Oishi (Kobe City University of Foreign Studies, Japan)
Intervention of Glass wares in Modern India: New Phase of Production/Consumpti
on in Ornaments and Perfumery Oils, 1900s-1950s
Discussant: Claude Markovits(Former Director of CNRS, France)

Urvashi Soni-Sinha(University of Windsor, Canada)
Gendered Labour Process and Discourse: A Study of Hand-made Jewellery Producti
on in India
Discussant: Janet Hunter (LSE, UK)

Madhulika Banerjee (University of Delhi, India)
Medicines in India: Diversity of Form and Production Processes with Special Re
ference to Ayurveda and Other Medical Traditions in India.
Discussant: Jonathan Liebenau (LSE, UK)

Sayako Kanda(Keio University, Japan)
Competition and Changes in the Salt Market in Early Modern and Modern Eastern
India: A Comparative Perspective
Discussant: Anjana Singh (LSE, UK)

Srirupa Prasad (University of Missouri, USA)
Famine, Fast, and the Fare: Food, Culture, and the Nation in Late Colonial Ben
Discussant: Riho Isaka(University of Tokyo, Japan)

General Discussion
Akio Tanabe(Kyoto University, Japan)
Giogio Riello(The University of Warwick, UK)


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