Keynote speech by Priti Ramamurthy at the South Asia by the Bay Graduate Student Conference. Her talk is entittled "Smallholder Capitalism and Agricultural Biotechnologies in India: Fertility, Floral Sex, Familialism and other sexy stories from the field."
As South Asia experiences rapid and unprecedented transformation, both scholarly and public interest in the region has grown dramatically in recent years. A large new generation of graduate students working on South Asia in the humanities and social sciences is in the process of rethinking approaches to the study of South Asian culture, society, politics, economics, law, history, literature, and the arts.
South Asia by the Bay is a brand new initiative based in the San Francisco Bay Area. It aims to establish an annual forum where graduate students from across disciplines and institutions in North America, who work on South Asia, can meet to discuss their work with each other, and with South Asia affiliated faculty from the organizing institutions (Stanford University, University of California, Berkeley, University of California, Davis, University of California, Santa Cruz).