2012 LASSnet conference in Srilanka - Program DRAFT ONLY – SUBJECT TO AMENDMENT

Day 1, Friday, December 14th, 2012

Friday, Dec 14th, 9.30am – 10.30am
Registration and Tea

10.30 – 11
Welcome and Introduction to LASSNET and the Conference

Friday, Dec 14th, 11.00am – 1.00pm
Session 1
Panel 1

Left, Liberal and the Radical

Chair: TBC

Arvind Narrain
“My experiments with law”: Gandhi’s exploration of laws potential

Nishan De Mel
Left Politics and Liberalism in Sri Lanka: unpicking the antagonisms in relation to State Formation

Dr Kiran Grewal
From Civil Society to Political Society: Reimagining Rights Discourses in Sri Lanka

Tamara Relis, Untitled

Panel 2

The Violence of Law: Publics, Impunity and the Rhetoric of Justice

Chair: TBC

Deepak Mehta
The Ayodhya Dispute: The Absent Mosque, Emergency and the Jural Idol

Moyukh Chatterjee
The Impunity Effect: Tracing the FIR in the Gujarat Pogrom

Pratiksha Baxi
“Mock Trial”: Reading the Best Bakery Case

Panel 3

Land and Resources I

Chair: TBC

Rose Wijeyesekera
Democratising post-armed conflict reconciliation: A feminist perspective on the IDP’s right to leave, to return and the right not to return to their property

Raju KD, Roopa KL, and KD Raju
The Sociological Effect of Land Acquisition Laws in India

Girija Godbole
Understanding the changing relationship between land and rural women in western Maharashtra, India

Bhavani Fonseka
A Critique of the Legal Framework Governing Land Issues in Post War Sri Lanka

Panel 4

State and Development I - On Technology, Resources and Expert Knowledge

Chair: TBC

Naveen Thayyil
Law, Public participation and Normativity: Contestations about Techno-science.

W.A.D.J. Sumanadasa

Achieving (in)Justice in Law Making: An Appraisal of Revival of Underperforming Enterprises or Underutilized Assets Act, No. 43 of 2011

Friday, Dec 14th, 1.00pm – 2.00pm


Friday, Dec 14th, 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Session 2
Panel 5

Rethinking Resistance : Subalternity and the State in contemporary India - Part 1

Chair: TBC

Uday Chandra
Beyond Subalternity: Land, Community, and the State in Contemporary Jharkhand

Lipika Kamra
Non-Sovereign Agency and the Maoist Movement in India

Samrat Sengupta
Strategic Outsiderism: Performances of Resistance by ‘Multitudes’ after ‘Empire’

Minati Dash
The ‘Moral Collective’ in the Moral Economy

Panel 6

Trauma, Memory, Witnessing I

Chair: TBC

Cayathri Divakalala
Understanding Psychosocial Wellbeing in Post-War Sri Lanka: A Call For Change Based on Women’s Experiences of Grievance and Hope

Vijayalakshmi Balakrishnan
The Child-State Relationship Revisited: Some Notes from India

Lakmini Seneviratne
The Truth Behind a Right to the Truth

Debaditya Bhattacharya

Testifying to the Limits of the ‘event’: Witness-accounts as literature

Panel 7

Law and the Social

Chair: TBC

Rohini Chaturvedi
Researching public policy: a methodological reflection on ‘studying up’ in India

Zoe Rathus
The Role and Risks of Using Social Science in Family Law Decision-Making

Malavika Kasturi
Law,  Caste and Religious Conversion: The Arya Samaj Marriage Validation Bill of 1930

Anindita Mukherjee Aymen Mohammed
Cows. Holy, don’t eat (?)

Panel 8

The Left and Social Justice

Chair: TBC

Buddhima Padmasiri

§  Anisa Rahim
Foregrounding Agency: Law, Poverty and Sex Work in India

§  shayak sircar
Beyond Labour Law: A Case Study of the Maruti Workers' Struggle in IMT Manesar

§  Durgambini Patel
Quasi Legal Determinants of Labour Unrest in Developing Economies-

Friday, Dec 14th, 4:00pm – 4.30pm


Friday, Dec 14th, 4.30 pm – 6.30pm
Plenary 1

Law and the Social

Chair: Savitri Goonesekera

§  Radhika Coomaraswamy
§  Kalpana Kannabiran
§  Tobias Kelley
§  Stewart Motha

Day 2, Saturday, December 15th, 2012

Saturday, Dec 15th, 8.30am – 10.30am
Session 3
Panel 9

Rethinking Resistance : Subalternity and the State in contemporary India - Part 2

Chair: TBC

Kenneth Bo Nielsen
Subaltern Resistance and the Law

Alf Gunvald Nilsen
Deepening Democracy in Rural India? Adivasi Struggles in Madhya Pradesh

Swagato Sarkar
History, Capitalism and Resistance: Deconstructing Democratic Power

Jhuma Sen
Siting Insurrectionary Jurisprudence: Law as the ‘State’s Emissary’?

Panel 10

Feminism I

Chair: TBC

Chulani Kodikara

Sanghamitra Choudhury Shailendra Kumar Singh
Women at crossroads: A study of conflict and trauma in NE India focusing Assam, INDIA.

Zoe Rathus
The Role and Risks of Using Social Science in Family Law Decision-Making

Panel 11

Land and Resources II

Chair: TBC

Namita A. Malhotra
National Resources for Public, Public as National Resource: conspiracies and legalities

Rohini Chaturvedi
Are we missing something?: Federalism as an analytic variable in natural resource governance

K. S Dhanya
Rights and resources of indigenous people: A study among the adivasis in Kerala

Deepa Kansra

Panel 12

State and Development II - On Neoliberalism, Conflict, South Asia

Chair: TBC

Rajya Laxmi Gurung
Neoliberal economic reforms in Post-conflict context: A Peace Dividend or Peace Penalty?

Manasa Sundarraman
Tarun Krishnakumar
Blooming Threats to Existential Rights: Response and Tactics of the Indian State

Rasika Mendis
Restitution in post conflict Vanni – a legal framework for post-conflict policy formulation

Saturday, Dec 15th, 10.30am – 11.00am


Saturday, Dec 15th, 11:00am - 1:00pm
Session 4
Panel 13

Regulating Sex Work in South Asia

Chair: TBC

Rohit De, Mellon
Husna Bai's Profession: Sex, Work and Freedom in the Indian Constitution

Prabha Kotiswaran
Sword or Shield? The Role of the Law in the Indian Sex Workers’ Movement

Vibhuti Ramachandran
Responding to ‘sex trafficking’ in India: affect, morality and efficiency in law enforcement discourses

Panel 14

Land and Resources III

Chair: TBC

Arpitha Upendra Kodiveri
Biocultural Community Protocols and affirmation of Biocultural Rights

Sankar Pani
Indian Forest Rights Act 2006 as a case study for the Emergence of Biocultural Rights

Namita Wahi
The Evolution of the Right to Property in the Indian Constitution

Satyadeep Kumar Singh
Socio-legal dynamics of Land-acquisition and Land grabs in name of Development: Tale of two Nations (India and Sri Lanka)

Panel 15

Governance I

Chair: TBC

Aditi Surie
Placing Women in Local Governance: Reflections from Fieldwork

Rasika Mendis
Restitution in post conflict Vanni – a legal framework for post-conflict policy formulation

Kshetrimayum Subarta Singh
When Sublime Shifts to Profane
Amit Bindal
Stanley Kubrick in Law School Curriculum: Bringing Humanities back through Popular Culture

Mario Gomez
Sport, Rights, and Transformation

Panel 16

Antidiscrimination law: A common point of struggle?

Chair: Kalpana Kannabiran

Fatima Hassan
Step by step…Race, HIV, Sexual Orientation in South Africa:  Challenging unfair discrimination using the law  and by necessity, other tools

Tarunabh Khaitan
‘Will it help the poor?’: Antidiscrimination Laws in Developing Countries

Jayna Kothari
Disability Discrimination – Understanding Equality in the context of Disability

Aniruddhan Vasudevan
Gowthaman Ranganathan
Anti-discrimination Laws Addressing Sexual Orientation and Gender Identities in India

Saturday, Dec 15th, 1:00pm – 2.00pm


Saturday, Dec 15th, 2.00pm - 4:00pm
Session 5
Panel 17

Law and Freedom

Chair: TBC

Ratna Kapur,
The Politics of Feminism Lite and Re-imagining Freedom.

Maryam S. Khan,
The law of defamation in Pakistan: a normative window into the freedom of the press

Mathew John
Hate, Hurt and the Law: Courts and the Constitution of ‘Hate Speech’ in India

Panel 18

Feminism II

Chair: TBC

Srimati Basu
Coercing Harmony?: Marriage, Violence and Mediation

Anusha Hariharan
Encroachment as access: questions raised by the Jan Adhikar Andolan

Poongkhulali B. and Deepika Murali
The case of the helpless minor and habeas corpus remedies

Panel 19


Chair: TBC

Arpita Das
Understanding intersexuality through discourses of law using Foucault’s biopolitical framework

Ritu Gupta
LGBTI rights in Sri Lanka; Now it’s time for change

Urmila Pullat
Transgendered in Sri Lanka : Gender Identity and the Law in Sri Lanka and India

Panel 20

The social life of documents
Chair: TBC

Andi Schubert
The Biography of a Form: Interrogating Choice in Sri Lanka’s First Post-War Census

Dileepa Witharana
An Analysis of the different flexibilities for patents and copyrights in Sri Lanka’s Intellectual Property Act

Andi Schubert
The Tale of Two Documents: Social Inquiry Report vs. the Social Care Plan
Beverley Brown
The Challenge of Indian Oaths

Saturday, Dec 15th, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Tea and Break

Saturday, Dec 15th, 5.00pm – 7.00pm
Plenary 2

Law, Neoliberalism and Development

Chair:  Babu Mathew

§  Abdul Paliwala
§  Aditya Nigam
§  Ahilan Kadirgamar

Day 3, Sunday, December 16th, 2012

Sunday, Dec 16th, 10.30am – 12.30pm
Session 7
Panel 21

Roundtable/Book Panel on Reviving Comparative Constitutional Discourse in South Asia

Arun Thiruvengadam

·            Sara Hossain
·            Jayampathy Wickramaratne,
·            Rohit De
·            Ridwanul Hoque
·            Deepika Udagama

Panel 22

State and Development III - On Rule of Law, Governmentality

Chair: TBC

Osama Siddique

Imran Amin
Social Justice and the Governmentality of Participation in India

Nick Robinson
South Asia’s Separation of Powers: Towards a New Model

John Sebastian and Anshuman Singh
Forgotten Words in the Constitution: Contextualising citizenship, ‘common good’ and the right to ‘fraternity’
Panel 23

Im/Possibilities of Caste and Casteism in South Asia

Panel Chair: A. Marx

C. Rajeshkumar
The Dynamics of Caste in Jaffna Society

Balmurli Natarajan
The Cultural Foundations of Neo-Casteism: Heterophobic and Heterophilic Casteism 

Jayadeva Uyangoda
Caste in Sinhala Society

Panel 24

Making Sense of the Right to Sanitation: Social Justice, Environmental, Water and Labour Dimensions

Chair: TBC

Philippe Cullet
The Right to Sanitation as a Self-Standing Right

Mathew John
Legal and Policy Traps in the Urban Sanitation Debate

Sujith Koonan
Policy and institutional framework in Rural Areas

Lovleen Bhullar
Realisation of the Right to Sanitation: Legal Framework for Human Waste Disposal in Urban India

Sunday, Dec 16th,
12.30pm – 1.15pm

Sunday, Dec 16th, 1.15pm – 3.15pm
Session 8
Panel 25

Law and the Urban : Exploring ‘Juridicial Urbanism’

Chair: TBC
Diya Mehra
Campaigning Against its Eviction: Local Trade in New ‘world-class’ Delhi

Gautam Bhan
Planned Development and/as Crisis: Evictions and the Politics of Governance in Contemporary Delhi

Neha Sami
From farming to development: An alternative approach to real estate development in Pune, India

Amlan Goswami
Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement: Law and Politics

Panel 26

State, Law and Violence

Chair: TBC

Shomi Brian
PTNL Kalangshim: The Judicial System of the Tangkhul Nagas

Chubatila Ozukum
State law and violence: a study of the AFSPA in Nagaland, India.

Communities Imagination of Justice and State Law in the Murder Trials

Anu Choudhury
Of Love, Court and Media

Panel 27

State and Development 4 - On Institutions

Chair: TBC

Yasodara Kathirgamathamby
Role of State Administration in respect of plantation Community in Sri Lanka - with special reference to district secretariat, divisional secretariat and Grama Nildhari Divisions.

Sidharth Chauhan
India’s constitutional commitment to quotas in representative institutions and questions about the legitimacy of democratic authority

Latika Vashist
Vulnerability, Death & Solidarity: Imagining New Forms of Resistance to Violence

Panel 28

The Legal Complex and Political Liberalism in South Asia

Chair: TBC

Terence Halliday

Sunday, Dec 16th, 3.15pm – 5.00pm
Plenary 3

Law and the Politics of Resistance

Chair: Neloufer de Mel

§  Uma Chakravarti
§  Sara Hossain
§  A. Marx
§  Sumathy Sivamohan

* Sunday sessions include a ‘working tea’