Saturday University lecture: Can a Plantation Be Fair? Paradoxes and Promises of Fair Trade in Darjeeling, India
Sarah Besky, Brown University
This talk will discuss the process by which tea plantations in the Indian region of Darjeeling have been certified as "fair trade." Darjeeling is among the world's most famous and expensive tea, but its workers are among India's lowest-paid.
Drawing on interviews and long-term fieldwork, Besky will discuss a disconnect between tea plantation laborers' understandings of what they call "justice" and fair trade certifiers' vision of "fairness."
Individual lecture tickets at the door as available: $10, SAM members $5
Saturday University is presented in partnership with the University of Washington Jackson School of International Studies and the Elliott Bay Book Company.