Workshop: The Land Question: Socialism, Capitalism and the Market.

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Event Date: 
Thursday, 9 August 2012 - 3:00am to Friday, 10 August 2012 - 3:00am

Note on Workshop:

The workshop is designed to explore issues related to market expansion and capitalist development /dispossession in the context of both capitalist and non-capitalist forms of tenure and production in East Africa, China and India. It will focus on both agricultural and pastoralist production.

Presentations will be in the form of both deep case studies and comparative theoretical statements.The researchers at MISR have two interests in particular. The first concerns the relation between capitalist development /dispossession and forms of tenure. The land regime in much of Africa is characterized by three different forms of tenure: freehold, leasehold and customary. China and Africa are the two major parts of the world where market expansion and capitalist development /dispossession are taking place on land which is not held on freehold.This explains our interest in a comparative understanding of market development in both places.Our second interest is in exploring dilemmas pastoralists have faced in the past, and face today, in their relations with both the market and the state.Participants will be invited to raise any other issues in relation to the main objective of the workshop.


  • Henry Bernstein: Professor of Development Studies, School of Orientaland African Studies, University of London
  • Chun Lin: Professor of Comparative Politics, The London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Shail Mayaram: Professor at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi
  • Lu Xinyu: Professor and Director of the Radio and TV Department, School of Journalism, Fudan University, Shanghai, China
  • Cao Tian Yu: Associate Professor of Philosophy, Boston University
  • Mahmood Mamdani: Professor and Executive Director, MISR
  • Frank Emmanuel Muhereza: PhD Fellow, MISR

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Hard copies of the workshop papers are available from the Director's office.

Event Venue
MISR Seminar Room 1
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