prof. Dr Debjani Bhattacharyya and Ashoka Vardhan
In this talk I will discuss how the landscape of education is changing fast across the world, as we clamor for the American model, where education is a privilege — a commodity with a hefty price tag, which you can avail if you are willing to enter into crushing debt. Higher education as a public good has become a contested terrain across the world, but more so in the Global South, especially in emerging economies like India and Brazil where privately run corporate universities, serving as finishing schools, fosters a precarious workforce and indebted citizenry.
Debjani Bhattacharyya holds the Chair for the History of the Anthropocene at the University of Zürich. Her research is driven by the desire to understand how legal and economic structures order our conceptualization of environmental transformations and shape how we respond to climate crises. She studied History at Jadavpur University in India and holds a PHD from the Emory University in the US.
Ashoka Vardhan is a PHD student at the Chair for the Anthropocene Studies at the University of Zurich. He recently graduated from Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Dehli, India.