[WSMDiscuss] Fwd: Petition to IUAES, World Congress of Anthropology, re. hosting at KISS, Odisha

Ashish Kothari ashishkothari at riseup.net
Sat Jul 4 15:21:45 CEST 2020

Friends, pl. see below and attached a letter to relevant institutions to 
withdraw from holding the 2023 World Congress of Anthropology at the 
Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (Bhubaneshwar, Odisha, India), 
termed by many local and national level adivasi activists as a 'factory 
school'. For further endorsements, pl. go 

Copied here are Sharanya Nayak and Rajaraman Sundaresan, activists who 
originated the petition, in case anyone wants further 
details/clarifications. For this, pl. don't write back to full lists.

-------- Forwarded Message --------
Subject: 	Fwd: Re: Request you to be the lead petitioners to IUAES, 
World Congress of Anthropology
Date: 	Fri, 3 Jul 2020 20:20:37 +0530
From: 	Ashish Kothari <ashishkotharialternative at gmail.com>
To: 	koizumi at hus.osaka-u.ac.jp, smp_du at yahoo.com, vcuu at rediffmail.com, 
behera.dk at suniv.ac.in
CC: 	Meenal Tatpati <meenaltatpati01 at gmail.com>, Ashish Kothari 
<ashishkothari at riseup.net>, Shruti Ajit <shrutiajit16 at gmail.com>


*1.**Prof Junji Koizumi, President of IUAES – 
**koizumi at hus.osaka-u.ac.jp* <mailto:koizumi at hus.osaka-u.ac.jp>**

*2.**Prof Soumendra Mohan Patnaik, Vice-Chancellor Utkal University & 
Ex-President, Indian Anthropological Association - *smp_du at yahoo.com 
<mailto:smp_du at yahoo.com>/ vcuu at rediffmail.com 
<mailto:vcuu at rediffmail.com>**

*3.**Prof Deepak Kumar Behera, Vice-Chancellor, Sambalpur University - 
*behera.dk at suniv.ac.in <mailto:behera.dk at suniv.ac.in>

Dear Prof. Koizumi, Prof. Patnaik, and Prof. Behera,

this is with regard to IUAES's World Congress of Anthropology 2023, 
proposed to be hosted by Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) in 
Odisha, India.

I would like to draw your kind attention to the attached petition urging 
you to dissociate from KISS, given its regressive record and orientation 
towards adivasi education, which disrespects the enormous wisdom and 
knowledge of these communities, and imposes homogenous, mainstream 
ideas. The petition gives further details of the seriously flawed and 
dangerous approach that KISS takes towards education. Additionally, it 
points to the ironic fact that this institution is funded by mining 
companies including those whose activities have threatened to displace 
adivasi populations from their traditional homes, apart from causing 
immense ecological devastation.

As you will notice, the petition has been endorsed by some of India's 
most well-known and respected adivasi (and non-adivasi) scholars, 
activists, and organisations, several civil society and movement groups, 
as also a number of scholars and activists from outside India who have 
worked closely with adivasi communities in India.

We hope to receive your considered response to this petition,

thank you, sincerely,


(Ashish Kothari)

(on behalf of the signatories to the petition)

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