Keywords for India - Money - Professor Stuart Corbridge

Australia India Institute

About the talk:

India featured in a very limited way in the global monetary and financial narratives of the 1970s (inflation) or 1980s, 1990s and 2000s (debts, deficits and crashes). Nonetheless, debates over money have featured consistently in the politics of India. Questions of gold and silver – of Indian finance and currency (Keynes) - occupied the colonial state strongly at the beginning of the twentieth century and deficit financing became a staple of dirigiste development in the decades after Independence. Most recently, in November 2016, India’s largest banknotes were front and centre in India’s political imaginaries. In this lecture, Stuart Corbridge considers how and why Money has featured consistently as a political Keyword in India. He also examines how India has been written insistently into the history of money.

About the speaker:

Stuart Corbridge has been Vice Chancellor and Warden of Durham University since September 2015. Before that he was the first Provost of LSE. Corbridge has worked on development theory, the geopolitics of money and issues relating to governance and governmentality in contemporary India. Most of his academic career was spent at Cambridge and LSE (25 years), but he has also worked in the United States. Corbridge carried out fieldwork in eastern India on a regular basis from 1979 to 2003. He is the author, with Glyn Williams, Manoj Srivastava and Rene Veron, of Seeing the State: Governance and Governmentality in India (CUP 2005) and, with Craig Jeffrey and John Harriss, India Today: Economy, Politics and Society (Polity 2013).