CALL FOR PAPERS
Challenging Perspectives on the Indian Diaspora
A Global Conference on Diaspora Studies and Policies
Date: October 5-7, 2017
Venue: City of The Hague, The Netherlands
The Foundation of the Lalla Rookh Academic Chair (Stichting Diaspora Leerstoel in Lalla Rookh), in conjunction with VU University of Amsterdam, the International Institute of Social Studies of the Erasmus University Rotterdam in The Hague and the Municipality of The Hague, are organizing a Global Conference on Indian Diaspora Studies.
The Why of this Conference
The theme of this conference is “Challenging Perspectives on the Indian Diaspora”. The word “challenging” carries two meanings. First, challenging perspectives as in creating new, interesting, and intriguing perspectives. Second, challenging also refers to engagement with prevailing perspectives. While wider diaspora studies informs the discussions of the conference, the focus is on the Indian Diaspora. We welcome academic and policy papers from disciplinary, multidisciplinary and inter- disciplinary approaches related to anthropology, economics, law, politics, sociology, geography, art and media, and history. The emphasis is on identifying new areas and linkages with India, including the role of Bollywood films, homemaking and integrating practices, identity making, issues concerning citizenship and legal arrangements, and the politics and economics of diaspora.
Suggested topics for papers
In addition to the existing themes such as the history of indentured labour and the financial potential of diaspora’s, we appreciate papers on the following topics:
- Indenture heritage
- Ethnic group formation or assimilation
- Stratification and elite formation
- Modes of integration
- Political, economic and social achievements
- Indian nationalism
- Transnational relations (global and regional)
- India in the diaspora
- The diaspora in India
- Religious transnationalism
- The impact of Bollywood
- Diaspora tourism
- Political contributions
- Gender issues
- Declining or increasing diaspora bonding
- Diaspora foreign policy
- Diaspora markets
- Trade, investment and consumption
- The impact of remittances
We will be inviting scholars and researchers from all over the world and expect to have participants and presentations confirmed from Fiji, Mauritius, the Caribbean, India, the Netherlands, the USA, UK, and Australia. We therefore encourage you to react to the call for papers and also disseminate this call to your networks.
The deadline for the submission of abstracts is 1 March 2017.
The deadline for the submission of papers is 1 July 2017.
For more information mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Looking forward to your contributions, Ruben Gowricharn, Professor Indian Diaspora Studies, VU University Amsterdam Rajendre Khargi, Chair Lalla Rookh Foundation for Diaspora Studies, The Hague