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Research in Progress Seminar (RIPS)

Roomana Hukil, Ph.D. Candidate, McMaster University, January 23 - Exploring Core-Periphery Subjectivities: Transnational Advocacy Networks and Environmental NGOs in India

Jan 20, 2020

The Department of Political Science Presents:

A Research in Progress Seminar Talk 2020

Who: Roomana Hukil
Where: Kenneth Taylor Hall (KTH) 709
When: Thursday, January 23, 2:30PM - 4:00PM

Exploring Core-Periphery Subjectivities: Transnational Advocacy Networks and Environmental NGOs in India

This project unearths realistic explanations for transnational environmental problems. It critically assesses the role of collective advocacy in Indian environmental movements by identifying the opportunities and challenges that lie therein. It questions the manner in which states use regressive forms of regulation to curb foreign funding and how northern powers influence the interests of the south. Deploying a postcolonial lens, it explores India’s postcolonial anxieties about neo-colonial forms of control and expansion as it regards transnational activism with 'anti-nationalism' and 'neocolonialism'. But it also unravels India’s use of the very same oppressive posture to carry out its capitalist agenda by heavily encouraging foreign investments in the state. On the other hand, the research investigates the growing challenge of transnational coalitions covertly ascribing to western-liberal, Eurocentric ideals that, in turn, seize the democratic freedoms and domestic particularisms of local activists. Why do foreign non-governmental organizations (NGOs) hijack local movements? What does the past and present of Indian environmentalism say about its future? The qualitative research used in the study is drawn from primary and secondary sources such as interviews, historical documents and archival material that tease out the role of state and non-state actors in critical IR theory. It uses an eclectic approach to present the case for a subaltern transnational framework using local knowledge systems to improve strategies for collective activism and environmental standards in the global South.

Roomana Hukil a Ph.D. Candidate (ABD) at the Department of Political Science, McMaster University. Her research interests include global climate negotiations, environmental politics, transnationalism and social justice activism. Prior to enrolling at McMaster, she worked at the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies, New Delhi, India as research assistant for two years. She has a master’s degree in peace and conflict studies from Jamia Millia Islamia and a B.A. in journalism honours from the University of Delhi. Her writings have appeared in Geopolitics, Huffington Post and The Conversation.