Call for Papers: Indian Diaspora 2015 Conference

Call for Papers: Indian Diaspora 2015 Conference
 
 
The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine presents: "The Indian Diaspora: Identities, Trajectories and Transnationalities" Commemorative Conference. This conference takes place May 12-16 2015. 
 
Between 1845 and 1917, close to 144,000 Indians migrated to Trinidad under the system of Indian indenture, most of whom opted to make Trinidad their permanent home. Today, almost 170 years later, the descendants of those immigrants are intrinsically woven into, and have indelibly coloured Trinidad and Tobago’s social, cultural, political and economic landscape. A checkered history has yielded a community rich in its presentation, resolute in its commitment and resounding in its application.
 
In commemoration of the 170th anniversary of Indian arrival in Trinidad and Tobago, The University of the West Indies is hosting a three day international conference from 12 - 16 May 2015. This conference entitled “The Indian Diaspora: Identities, Trajectories and Transnationalities”, aims to engage the many processes, perspectives and themes that have emerged throughout the establishment and constant re-articulation of Indian diaspora communities globally. The conference will go beyond the more tangible and visible aspects and explore Indian diaspora communities as dynamic entities, both generating and evincing transformation rooted in the vagaries of the social, political, geographic, economic and cultural landscapes of their respective locations. The conference hopes to highlight and explore new perspectives on such issues as conceptualizations, dislocation and relocation, cross cultural exchanges, nationalisms, identity and the changing realities of the Indian Diaspora.
 
 
Initial Call for Papers:
 
We invite papers that pertain to the following themes on the Indian Diaspora: 
Indentured Labour: Sources, Scholarship and Research
The Early Years in Trinidad: Indenture, the Estates and Beyond 
From Indian to Trinbagonian: Trial, Tribulation and Triumph.
Indian Religions in Trinidad and Tobago: Preservation, Conversion and Hybridisation
Identities and Ethnicities in the Indian Diaspora
Multiculturalism in the Indian Diaspora
Sexuality and Gender Perspectives
Religion and Spirituality: Ideas and Practice in the Indian Diaspora
Imaging and Imagining: Varied Conceptions of the Indian Diaspora
Cross Cultural Exchanges
Indians in the Caribbean: Colonial and Postcolonial Regimes
Politics, Nationalism and The State 
Economics, Science and Technology
Diaspora and Ecological Space
Psycho-Sociological Dimensions of Diaspora
A Secondary Diaspora: Indo-Trinidadians in North America and Europe
 
Contributors are requested to submit an abstract of not more than 250 words to the email address below. 
 
Participants are also required to submit their name, university/institution of affiliation (if applicable), short bio, mailing address, email address and phone number(s).
 
Deadline for Submission of Abstracts: 31 January 2015.
 
Deadline for submission of Full Papers: 31 March 2015.
 
There is a strict “No (full) Paper, No Presentation” policy.
 
Abstracts and/or enquiries can be sent to ttindiandiasporaconference@sta.uwi.edu
 
N.B. Proceedings of the conference will be published.

Time and Place:

Date:   Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Venue:   The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine
Address:   The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine
City/Twon:   The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine
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