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Expert Disenchantment: The Affective Consequences of the Scientific Pursuit of Quality in Postcolonial Markets

in partnership with the South Asia Center

Amrita A. Kurian
CASI Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Thursday, January 25, 2024 - 12:00
Center for the Advanced Study of India Ronald O. Perelman Center for Political Science & Economics 133 South 36th Street, Suite 230 Philadelphia PA 19104-6215

About the Speaker:
Amrita A. Kurian is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at CASI. She has a Ph.D. in Sociocultural Anthropology from UC San Diego and an M.Phil in Sociology from the Delhi School of Economics. Her ethnographic research is based in the Flue-Cured Virginia (FCV) tobacco sector in rural Andhra Pradesh, India, where she studies experts’ scientific and affective mediation of markets and agrarian relations of production. Her articles “Flowers of Deception,” “Expert Disenchantment,” and “Progressive Farmers” are at various stages of review in Cultural Anthropology, Science, Technology, and Human Values, and Geoforum. Her essay Accusations of Corruption: A Cautionary Tale from Indian Tobacco Auctions” was published in India in Transition and

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