Dr Sam Balaton-Chrimes

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Lecturer In International Studies

Faculty

Faculty of Arts and Education

Department

SHSS Arts & Ed

Campus

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Biography

Sam's research is concerned with enduring political questions about how difference is negotiated in contexts of power asymmetries. Her work is interdisciplinary in nature, engaging political theory, anthropology and development studies.

She is currently engaged in three research projects.

Sam works on an ARC Discovery Indigenous Project with Dr Victoria Stead and Prof Yin Paradies on the politics of recognition in postcolonial contexts. Her component of this project examines forms of relationality between development workers and development recipients in Kenya.

She also works with the Nubian community in Nairobi, Kenya, on issues affecting their land rights and on their aspirations to develop their land in Kibra.

Finally, Sam also works in Odisha, India with communities who reject industrial capitalist modes of development. In 2018 she is working with Mr Sandeep Pattnaik to map the development aspirations of villagers in Jagatsinghpur, in particular members of the Anti-POSCO People's Movement.

Her 2015 book, Ethnicity, Democracy and Citizenship in Africa: Marginalization of Nubians in Kenya explores the relationship between citizenship and ethnic difference in Kenya, and generates important insights into not only the risks, but also the possibilities of a relationship between ethnicity and democracy that is of broad, global relevance.

Sam is Co-Director of the Critical Development Studies Network.

She currently teaches AIX497 Theories of Power; AIP211 Politics of Development; ADS734 Political Development Record and AIP777 Social and Environmental Accountability.

She is interested in supervising masters or doctoral research projects on the politics of development, especially in Kenya or India.

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Research interests

Sam's research is concerned with enduring political questions about how difference is negotiated in contexts of power asymmetries. Her work is interdisciplinary in nature, engaging political theory, anthropology and development studies.

She is currently engaged in three research projects.

Sam works on an ARC Discovery Indigenous Project with Dr Victoria Stead and Prof Yin Paradies on the politics of recognition in postcolonial contexts. Her component of this project examines forms of relationality between development workers and development recipients in Kenya.

She also works with the Nubian community in Nairobi, Kenya, on issues affecting their land rights and on their aspirations to develop their land in Kibra.

Finally, Sam also works in Odisha, India with communities who reject industrial capitalist modes of development. In 2018 she is working with Mr Sandeep Pattnaik to map the development aspirations of villagers in Jagatsinghpur, in particular members of the Anti-POSCO People's Movement.

Affiliations

Co-Convenor, Critical Development Studies Network

Member, African Studies Association of Australasia and the Pacific (AFSAAP)

Member, British Institute in Eastern Africa (BIIEA)

Teaching interests

Theories of power 

Development

Colonialism, postcolonialism and decoloniality

Social and environmental accountability

Units taught

AIX497 (honours) Theory and debates in the discipline (Theories of power in the social sciences) 

AIP211 Politics of Development 

ADS734 Political Development Record

AIP777 Social and Environmental Accountability

Knowledge areas

  • Critical approaches to development
  • Decoloniality and postcolonialism
  • Land rights and land conflicts
  • Citizenship
  • Agonistic pluralism
  • Indigenous studies (Africa and Asia)
  • Kenya
  • India

Conferences

Refereed Conferences

Balaton-Chrimes, S. ‘Agonistic democratic politics, land rights and global minorities.’ Western Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, April 2015.

Balaton-Chrimes, S., Scott Brenton and Kate Macdonald ‘Market based regulation in the global economy: Consumer regulation by remote control?’ Australian Political Studies Association annual conference, Australian National University, Canberra, October 2011.

Balaton-Chrimes, S. ‘Negotiating access to ancestral land in Nairobi:  The case of the Nubians of Kibera’, ECAS 2011 - 4th European Conference on African Studies, Nordiska Afrikainstitutet, Uppsala, Sweden, June 2011.

Balaton-Chrimes, S. ‘The Nubians of Kenya and the emancipatory potential of collective recognition’ 33rd annual African Studies Association of Australia and the Asia-Pacific conference: Engaging Africa / Engaging Africans: Knowledge, representation, politics, Victoria University, Melbourne, December 2010.

Balaton-Chrimes, S., Fiona Haines and Kate Macdonald, ‘Holding the invisible hand to account? Beyond individual corporate responsibility for human rights’, Australian Political Studies Association Annual Conference, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, September 2010.

Balaton-Chrimes, S. ‘Counting as citizens: The case of the Nubians in the 2009 Kenyan census’, International conference on migration, citizenship and intercultural relations, Deakin University, Melbourne, November 2009.

Balaton-Chrimes, S. ‘Statelessness in a world of nation-states’, 17th Biennial conference of the Asian Studies Association of Australia conference: Is this the Asian century?, Monash Asia Institute, Melbourne, June 2008.

Media appearances

Expert opinion on 2013 Kenyan Election, NewsNight with Stan Grant, SkyNews Australia, 6 March 2013.

Expert opinion on International Criminal Trial of Kenya’s Vice President and President, NewsNight with Stan Grant, SkyNews Australia, 10 September 2013.

Expert opinion the Nairobi terrorist attacks of September 2013, NewsNight with Stan Gran’, SkyNews Australia, 24 September 2013.

Expert opinion on the context of the Nairobi terrorist attacks of September 2013, ABC South East NSW, “World View” segment of Mornings Program, 24 September 2013.

Expert opinion on social impacts of palm oil in Indonesia, RRR (Melbourne radio), 10 November 2013.

Balaton-Chrimes, S., ‘The might of power facing up to the violence of strength – An Arendtian view of politics and revolution’, OpenDemocracy blog, 2 February 2011. Available at http://www.opendemocracy.net/samantha-balaton-chrimes/might-of-power-facing-up-to-violence-of-strength-arendtian-view-of-politics.

Balaton-Chrimes, S ‘Sustainable palm oil must consider people too’, The Conversation (Australia), 22 November 2013. Available at https://theconversation.com/sustainable-palm-oil-must-consider-people-too-20443.

OpEd in The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald, Should MasterChef have asked a Muslim to cook pork?, 19 July 2013. Available at http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/masterchef/should-masterchef-have-asked-a-muslim-to-cook-pork-20130718-2q74m.html.

Research groups

Awards

African Studies Association of Australasia and the Pacific Postgraduate Prize, December 2010 Conference (AU$3000 to present paper at Monash South Africa), awarded for best postgraduate paper at the conference.

African Studies Association of Australasia and the Pacific Postgraduate Prize, February 2008 Conference (AU$100), awarded for best postgraduate paper at the conference.

Projects

Sam is a Chief Investigator on an ARC Discovery Indigenous Project with Dr Victoria Stead and Prof Yin Paradies on the politics of recognition in postcolonial contexts. Her component of this project examines forms of relationality between development workers and development recipients in Kenya. The overall project aims to compare settler and non-settler postcolonies to inform the development of a new theory of relationality across postcolonial difference.

She also works with the Nubian community in Nairobi, Kenya, on issues affecting their land rights and on their aspirations to develop their land in Kibra. 

Finally, Sam also works in Odisha, India with communities and activists who reject industrial capitalist modes of development. In 2018 she is working with Mr Sandeep Pattnaik to map the development aspirations of villagers in Jagatsinghpur, in particular members of the Anti-POSCO People's Movement.

Publications

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2017

Redress and corporate human rights harms: an analysis of new governance and the POSCO Odisha project

S Balaton-Chrimes, F Haines

(2017), Vol. 14, pp. 596-610, Globalizations, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal

Recognition, coloniality and international development: a case study of the Nubians and the Kenya slum upgrading project

S Balaton-Chrimes

(2017), Vol. 20, pp. 51-67, Postcolonial Studies, Melbourne, Vic., C1

journal

Recognition, power and coloniality

S Balaton-Chrimes, V Stead

(2017), Vol. 20, pp. 1-17, Postcolonial Studies, Melbourne, Vic., C1

journal
2016

The Nubians of Kenya: citizenship in the gaps and margins

S Balaton-Chrimes

(2016), pp. 149-178, Citizenship, belonging, and political community in Africa: dialogues between past and present, Athens, Oh., B1

chapter
2015

Ethnicity, democracy and citizenship in Africa: political marginalisation of Kenya's Nubians

S Balaton-Chrimes

(2015), Abingdon, England, A1

book

The depoliticisation of accountability processes for land-based grievances, and the IFC CAO

S Balaton-Chrimes, F Haines

(2015), Vol. 6, pp. 446-454, Global policy, London, Eng., C1

journal

Export credit agencies and human rights abuses: flux and friction in regulation

F Haines, S Balaton-Chrimes

(2015), pp. 81-103, Regulatory transformations : rethinking economy-society interactions, Oxford, Eng., B1

chapter
2014

Statelessness, identity cards and citizenship as status in the case of the Nubians of Kenya

S Balaton-Chrimes

(2014), Vol. 18, pp. 15-28, Citizenship studies, Abingdon, UK, C1-1

journal
2013

Indigeneity and Kenya's Nubians: seeking equality in difference or sameness?

S Balaton-Chrimes

(2013), Vol. 51, pp. 331-354, Journal of modern African studies, Cambridge, England, C1-1

journal
2011

Counting as citizens: Recognition of the Nubians in the 2009 Kenyan census

S Balaton-Chrimes

(2011), Vol. 10, pp. 205-218, Ethnopolitics, Melbourne, Vic., C1-1

journal

The Nubians of Kenya and the emancipatory potential of collective recognition

S Balaton-Chrimes

(2011), Vol. 32, pp. 12-31, Australasian review of African studies, Melbourne, Vic., C1-1

journal

Contextualizing the business responsibility to respect: How much is lost in translation?

F Haines, K Macdonald, S Balaton-Chrimes

(2011), pp. 107-128, The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: Foundations and implementation, Leiden, Netherlands, B1-1

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Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

Beyond Recognition: Postcolonial Relationality Across Difference

Prof Yin Paradies, Dr Victoria Stead, Dr Sam Balaton-Chrimes

ARC - Discovery Projects

  • 2018: $44,644

Industry and Other Funding

Nubian land title in Kibra: What now?

Dr Sam Balaton-Chrimes

  • 2017: $4,635

Supervisions

No completed student supervisions to report