Terah Sportel

PhD, MSc, BES

Conferences

Papers Presented

2016* Coconut Crisis in Kerala? Mainstream Narrative and Alternative Perspectives. Special Session: Globalization and Everyday Life in Rural Communities. XIV World Congress of Rural Sociology. Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (August 10-14). *Co-author: René Véron.

2016 Diverging Developments: Livelihood Dynamics in the Coconut Economy of Kerala. Special Session: Exits from Agriculture – Dispossession, Migration, Land Use and the Prospects for Smallholder Farming. XIV World Congress of Rural Sociology. Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (August 10-14).

2015 Invented Community Histories and Scheduled Caste Status in South India. Special Session: Class Matters in Studies of Human Geography. Western Division of the Association of Canadian Geographers Annual Meeting. Thompson Rivers University Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada; March 14-14.

2014 Sustainable Livelihoods and the Politics of International Migration from Kerala. Special Session: Geographies of Asia Study Group. Western Division of the Association of Canadian Geographers Annual Meeting; University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada; March 07-08.

2012  Identity Formation in Historical Political Perspective: An Exploration of Coconut Labour in Kerala. Special Session: Territorial Identity Formation & Political Struggle in South Asia; Canadian Association of Geographers/Congress; Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada; May 28–June 02.

2012  Coconut Market Change: A Liberalization-induced Crisis?; Special Session: Geographies of Asia Study Group; Canadian Association of Geographers/Congress; Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada; May 28–June 02.

2011  Exchanging Structures of Exclusion in Travancore: A Study of the Thandan Community; Structures of Exclusion; Indian Formation Research Society, Delhi University, New Delhi, India; November 23–25.

2011  Lost in the Mini-Gulf: Migration and the Kerala Development Model. Assessing the Complexitities of South Asian Migration; Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada; May 18–21.

2009  Regionalisation in the Coconut Sector: Exploring Labour Market Change through Political-Economic Factors and Social Structures in Kerala, India; Regional Formation in Contemporary South Asia; Indian Formation Research Society, Delhi University, New Delhi, India; November 25–27. .

2009  Coconut Prices Drop like a Nut: Malayalee Livelihoods, Saturated or Unsaturated? Special Session: Livelihood Adaptations in a Globalizing India; Canadian Asian Studies Association, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; October 18–21.

2009  Plucking Nuts: Labour, Livelihoods, & the Coconut–Copra–Oil Sector, Kerala, India; Special Session: Geography of Asia; Canadian Association of Geographers Association / Congress, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; May 23–31.

2009  Labour and Kalpavriksham in the Kerala Coconut–Copra–Oil Sector; American Association of Geographers, Las Vegas, Nevada; March 22–27.

2008  Political Economy, Livelihoods, and Space: Commercialisation or Decommercialisation of the Coconut-Copra-Oil Sector in the State of Kerala, India; The Character and Trajectory of the Indian Economic Formation in an Era of Globalisation;  Indian Formation Research Society, Delhi University, New Delhi, India; November 26–28 .

2008  Plucking Nuts: Labour, Livelihoods, and the Kerala Coconut–Copra–Oil Sector; Canadian Association South Asian Studies, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada; November 13–15.

2006  Influence of Social Institutions on the Sustainability of Rural Water Supply and Sanitation: A Case Study in Tamil Nadu, India; Canadian Association of Geographers Annual Meeting, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada; June 01.

Panels/Sessions Organised

2012  Co-Organiser with Simon Chilvers, Special Session: Territorial Identity Formation & Political Struggle in South Asia; Chair: Margaret Walton-Roberts; Canadian Association of Geographers/Congress; Wilfred Laurier, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada; May 28–June 02.

2009  Panel Co-Organiser with Garry Fehr, Special Session: Livelihood Adaptations in a Globalising India; Canadian Asian Studies Association, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; October 8–11.

Discussant/Chair

2011  Ideologies of Exclusion. Structures of Exclusion, Indian Formation Research Society; University of Delhi, Delhi, India; November 23-25 .

2009  Livelihood Adaptations in Globalising India. Conference of EAC and SAC, Canadian Asian Studies Association, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; October 8-11.

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