Events of Interest

Book Workshop for Mike Levien: Dispossession After Development: Land Grabs in Neoliberal India

PLACE and Geog 530 are excited to host Mike Levien for a workshop on his book manuscript, provisionally titled “Dispossession After Development: Land Grabs in Neoliberal India,” on Thursday April 28 3-5:30PM.

Mike’s work from this project has been published in Journal for Peasant Studies, Politics & Society, and Development and Change. This work has contributed rich ethnography and theoretical clarity to the burgeoning literature on land grabs and dispossession.

My book-in-progress seeks to understand the changing nature and increasing significance of land dispossession in post-liberalization India. It is based, in part, on an ethnography of villages dispossessed for a Special Economic Zone in the state of Rajasthan. Using the extended case method, it seeks to advance the concept of regimes of dispossession as a way of understanding the relationship between land dispossession and capitalism in comparative perspective.

To attend, email Jia-Ching Chen <> for the manuscript. All attendees are expected to read.


PLACE is pleased to announce a new professional development series to be held on rotating Fridays throughout spring semester. Session themes were selected from student identified topics submitted via survey this past fall. Each session will feature “experts” (faculty/staff/guest persons) presenting on a number of topics relevant to graduate students at all stages of their graduate education. The professional development lunches are open to interested geography graduate students from all subfields, as well as the wider Penn State graduate community.  Session dates, themes, and speakers for professional development lunches have been identified for the rest of the semester, and are as follows:

Friday, February 12: Interdisciplinary Research with Anthony Robinson & Chris Fowler

Friday, February 26CV Workshop with Andrew Carleton & Cindy Brewer

Friday, March 18Job Search with Alan MacEachren & Rob Crane

Friday, April 29Researcher-Community Relationships with Jia Ching Chen & Mike Levien (JHU  Sociology) Here’s a link to Levien’s bio.

All sessions will run from 12:15 to 1:15 pm and be held in Walker 319. Lunch will be served

Each faculty member will have approximately 20 minutes for prepared remarks, and will then facilitate discussion and Q&A.