CfP: Challenging Perspectives on the Indian Diaspora

Call for papers, deadline 1 March 2017


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:

  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

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.

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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