Contested Global Landscapes

A Multidisciplinary Initiative of the Cornell Institute for the Social Sciences


MAY 12-17, 2013

Sponsorship: Inaugural Summer Institute is co-sponsored by Cornell’s Institute for the Social Sciences, Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, and the Social Science Research Council.

Arrival Preparations: Preliminary papers by participants have been posted on Box. These will facilitate learning and discussions during the week. Participants should read all papers beforehand and each has been assigned primary discussant responsibilities for a paper authored by another participant (see Appendix A).


Sunday May 12
Participants arrive in Ithaca. Everyone should plan on being in Ithaca by 6pm if possible. Lodging at Downtown Ithaca Holiday Inn (222 So. Cayuga St., Phone: (607) 272-1000; Fax: (607) 277-1275).
7:00 pm reception at Moosewood Restaurant (215 N Cayuga St Ithaca, (607) 273-9610. Dinner, brief introductions, distribution of campus maps and bus schedules, and institute overview by faculty (Raymond Craib, Chuck Geisler, Paul Nadasdy, and Wendy Wolford).

Monday May 13
8:30 – 9:00am Breakfast at ILR Conference Center, Room 225.
9:00 – 12:30 Discussion of set #1 (three papers, 1 hour each, including 10 minute comment on each by assigned discussants; see Appendices A and B)
12:30 – 2:00pm Lunch and presentation: Paul Nadasdy, “Translating Property: The Cultural Politics of Land ”
2:00 — 5:30pm Hike (weather permitting) at Upper Treman State Park
6:00pm Dinner at the Glenwood Pines
8:00pm Return to Holiday Inn

Tuesday May 14
8:30 – 9:00 am. Breakfast at ILR Conference Center, Room 225.
9:00 – 12:30 Discussion of papers (set #2), same format as day 1, with coffee break as needed
12:30-1:30 pm Lunch and presentation: Chuck Geisler, “The Other Hidden Land Hand: Violence”
1:30—3:30 pm Open time. Campus tour of buildings and gorges.
4:00—5:30 pm Stuart Banner public lecture, ILR Conference Center Room 423
5:00—6:30 pm Reception and drinks on terrace at Willard Straight Hall
7:00 — Dinner open. Explore Ithaca

Wednesday May 15
8:30 – 9:00am Breakfast at ILR Conference Center, Room 225.
9:00 – 12:00* Discussion of papers (set #3), same format as day 1, with coffee break as needed
12:10 – 5:00pm Field Trip to Bradford County, PA by bus+ box lunches. Site visits to hydrofracking well (subsurface ownerships), Armenian Mountain Wind Farm (air and surface ownerships), and Troy, PA Town Government (governance issues). Company: David Kay (CaRDI and ISS Affiliate); George Frantz (CRP, Adjunct Prof.); Tony Ingraffea (Cornell Engineering) and other land project members and affiliates.
5:00 pm Dinner @ Milky Way Farm.
7:00 pm Depart Milky Way for Ithaca
9:00 pm Estimated Ithaca Arrival

Thursday May 16
8:30 – 9:00 am. Breakfast at ILR Conference Center, Room 225.
9:00 – 12:30 Discussion of papers (set #4), same format as day 1, with coffee break as needed
12:30 – 1:30pm Lunch and presentation: Raymond Craib, “Liquidity: Parables from a new world ocean”
1:30 – 4:00 pm Free time. For those interested in getting out on Cayuga Lake, weather permitting, some of us will shuttle folks down to the lake for canoeing, kayaking and/or stand-up paddleboarding.
4:30 – 6:00 pm Kathryn Milun public lecture, Global and Local Commons: Emergent Institutions with Residual Property Forms; ILR Conference Center Room 423
7:00 – 9:00 pm. Catered dinner, Room 401, Physical Sciences Building.

Friday May 17
8:30 – 9:00 am Breakfast at A.D. White House, Dining Room.
9:00 – 12:00 Closing roundtable discussion, reactions, and reflections at A.D. White House, Room 110. Where do we go from here with publication? Timelines? Future Institutes? Broader discussion of property.
12:00-1:30 pm Lunch at A.D. White House Dining Room and presentation in 110 AD White House: Wendy Wolford, “O Brazil Gigante in Africa”
1:45 pm Group Picture with Institute Participants and Faculty Members
2:00 – 3:30 pm Marc Edelman public lecture, in Guerlac Room, A.D. White House, “Messy Hectares: Questions about the Epistemology of Land Grabbing Data”
4:00 – 6:00pm Downtime/free time
6:00 – 8:30pm Cocktails and closing dinner at Banfi’s Taverna (Statler Hotel on campus), Castello Room.

Saturday May 18: Departures


ISS Summer Institute, 2013: Paper Discussion Schedule

Monday, May 13:
Jatin Dua (Anthropology, Duke) Discussant: Kristin Wintersteen
“Hijacked: Rethinking Piracy, Property and Protection in the Western Indian Ocean”

Emma Cardwell (Geography, Oxford) Discussant: Jatin Dua
“Contested Seascapes in the Northeast Atlantic”

Kristin Wintersteen (History, Duke; Postdoc Tulane) Discussant: Emma Cardwell
“Sea change in res nullius: Privatization and the struggle to balance historic rights and environmental sustainability in post-Pinochet Chilean fisheries”

Tuesday, May 14:
Debjani Bhattacharyya (History, Emory) Discussant: Sara Safransky
“Economic disobedience or speculation? Capital, property and ownership in colonial Calcutta”

Leila Vevaina (Anthropology, New School for Social Research) Discussant: Debjani Bhattacharyya
“Building trust(s): Redeveloping charity in contemporary Mumbai”

Sara Safransky (Geography, UNC-Chapel Hill) Discussant: Leila Vevaina
“Green redevelopment as settler colonialism: Struggles over land and the future of Detroit”

Wednesday, May 15:
Emily Levitt (Anthropology, Cornell) Discussant: Lauren Honig
“Living in the tax base: The socio-fiscal obligations of American property ownership and the Indian exception”

Greg Rosenthal (History, SUNY-Stonybrook) Discussant: Emily Levitt
“The property on/is their backs: Dispossession and wage labor in nineteenth-century Hawai’i”

Lauren Honig (Government, Cornell) Discussant: Greg Rosenthal
“Property rights patronage in Africa”

Thursday, May 16:

Eunice Blavascunas (Faculty associate, University of Maine and College of the Atlantic) Discussant: Julia del Palacio Langer
“Maine unorganized: Living territory and property”

Erin Collins (Geography, Berkeley) Discussant: Eunice Blavascunas
“Of title and entitlement: the political relations of property and informality in post-Socialist urban Cambodia”

Julia del Palacio Langer (History, Columbia University) Discussant: Erin Collins
“Did oil expropriation kill agrarian radicalism? Land reform and the political control of 1930s Veracruz”

Appendix B

Note on the schedule that we have not allotted any time for introductory comments by any given paper presenter. Our intent, given that all of you will have read the papers prior to arrival, is to plunge directly in to comments and full discussion. Thus, we ask that each of you, when serving as discussant, take no more than 10 minutes to frame a set of provocative, open-ended questions for discussion. Please do not summarize or explain the paper to the audience. Please note that the only participants in the room for the morning workshops will be the twelve of you, the conveners (Craib, Geisler, Nadasdy and Wolford), and on some days our visiting speakers (Banner, Milun, and Edelman, who also have access to the papers).