Challenging Perspectives on the Indian Diaspora

Challenging Perspectives on the Indian Diaspora

The Hague, the Netherlands

5 – 7 October 2017

The theme of this Global conference will be “Challenging Perspectives on the Indian Diaspora”. We will be inviting scholars and researchers from all of the world and expect to have participants and presentations confirmed from Fiji, Mauritius, The Caribbean, India, Netherlands, The USA, UK and Australia. Please find attached the Call for Papers that is currently being disseminated in various Diaspora networks.

The word Challenging has two meanings. First, Challenging Perspectives, as in new, interesting, intriguing,  perspectives. Secondly,Challengingalso refers to engagement, i.e. with current perspectives. So next to the usual themes as history of indentured labour and the financial potential of diaspora’s we would invite participants to suggest other perspectives. In both meanings perspectives depart from India and treat other diaspora societies rather peripheral. We would appreciate perspectives that are less India-centric and broaden the scope from history and culture to include contemporary topics related to economics, law, politics, arts etc. In the Call for Papers there is a list of potential approaches that people can pick from or add to.

Call for papers

Challenging Perspectives on the Indian Diaspora The Foundation of the Hindustani Diaspora Chair (Stichting Diaspora Leerstoel Lalla Rookh), in conjunction with the municipality of The Hague and VU University of Amsterdam, are organizing an international conference on the Indian diaspora. We welcome papers from several disciplines as well as policy papers, disclosing new areas, including linkages with India (even if only for the consumption of Bollywood), homemaking practices, legal issues, and the politics and economics of diaspora. Consequently, in this conference we would like to explore contemporary topics from new disciplinary areas, such as anthropology, economics, law, politics, sociology, geography, art and media, and history. 

The conference is scheduled for 5 – 7 October 2017.

Venue: city of The Hague, the Netherlands.

More information is available on the website

The information is being updated regularly, so please keep visiting the website for the latest news. Topics include, but are by no means limited to:

1. Indenture heritage 2. Ethnic group formation or assimilation 3. Stratification and elite formation 4. Modes of integration 5. Political, economic and social achievements 6. Indian nationalism 7. Transnational relations (global and regional) 8. India in the diaspora 9. The diaspora in India 10. Religious transnationalism 11. The impact of Bollywood 12. Diaspora tourism 13. Political contributions 14. Gender issues 15. Declining or increasing diaspora bonding 16. Diaspora foreign policy 17. Diaspora markets 18. Trade, investment and consumption 19. The impact of remittances

The deadline for the submission of abstracts is 1 March 2017.
 The deadline for the submission of papers is 1 July 2017.

For information: Ruben Gowricharn [email protected] Rajendre Khargi [email protected]

Time and Place:

Date:   Thursday, Oct 05, 2017
Venue:   The Hague, Netherlands. October 5-7, 2017
Address:   The Hague, Netherlands. October 5-7, 2017
City/Twon:   The Hague, Netherlands
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