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Abstract  || 20 Sept. 2019 @ 4.30 PM in CRG

Essential Links on Calcutta Research Group’s Works on Migration and Forced Migration Studies

  • The Calcutta Research Group has organised annual Winter Courses on Forced Migration from 2003 to 2013. For details such as course modules, readings, assignments and reports,see: CLICK HERE

  • The fourteenth Conference of the International Association for Studies in Forced Migration (IASFM) on ‘Contested Spaces & Cartographic Challenges’ was hosted by the Calcutta Research Group during January 6-9, 2013. This was the first time that the conference was hosted in South Asia. For details see: CLICK HERE

  • An extensive campaign and detailed study of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the form of workshops, roundtables and public lectures has been initiated by the Calcutta Research Group. For details see:CLICK HERE || For reports on IDPs, see: CLICK HERE

  • For a detailed information on significant works on IDPs, such as Internal Displacement in South Asia (Edited By Paula Banerjee, Sabyasachi Basu Roy Chowdhury, Samir Kumar Das, Thousand Oaks, California, New Delhi, London: Sage Publishers, 2005) see: CLICK HERE

  • Calcutta Research Group’s study on forced migration focuses on state policies in South Asia and elsewhere with relation to refugee rights, gender rights, refugee care and forced displacement. For details on the subject of refugee studies, see: CLICK HERE

  • For particulars on important publications on migration and refugees such as Refugees in West Bengal – Institutional Practices and Contested Identities (Edited by Pradip Kumar Bose, Calcutta : Calcutta Research Group, 2000); Refugees and the State-Practices of Asylum and Care in India, 1947-2000 (Edited by Ranabir Samaddar, Thousand Oaks, California, New Delhi, London: Sage Publishers, 2003); Unstable Populations, Anxious States: Mixed and Massive Population Flows in South Asia (Edited by Paula Banerjee, Calcutta: Stree Publishers 2013) & Migration and Circles of Insecurity (Ranabir Samaddar and Paula Banerjee, New Delhi: Rupa & Co, 2010) see:CLICK HERE

  • Calcutta Research Group has a peer-reviewed and refereed journal; Refugee Watch that offers an analysis of migration and forced migration from a distinctively South Asian perspective. It can be accessed at CLICK HERE || The Fleeing People of South Asia, A Collection of Essays from Refugee Watch, (Edited by Sibaji Pratim Basu, London: Anthem Press, 2009) can be accessed at CLICK HERE

  • Calcutta Research Group has a dynamic blog site that offers news, perspectives and research articles on migration, forced migration and displacement; Refugee Watch online can be accessed at CLICK HERE

  • In 2015, Calcutta Research Group introduced the position of a Distinguished Chair for Migration and Forced Migration Studies. For details on the activities of the Distinguished Chair, Professor Ranabir Samaddar and links related to the issue of migration and forced migration, see: CLICK HERE
  • recent Publications

    Obituary Sadako Ogata (1927-2019)

    Sadako Ogata was the only Japanese and first woman to run the UN Refugee Agency, which she did with a determination and vision that greatly expanded the concept of international relief. She is best known for the decade, from early 1991 to late 2000, that she served as UN High Commissioner at a time of great global conflict, from Africa and south-east Asia to the Balkans, when those fleeing strife were most in need of help. Most notably, prompted by what happened to Iraqi Kurds in the first Gulf war, Ogata, who has died in Tokyo at the age of 92, extended UNHCR’s operations to include assistance for the internally displaced as well as to those crossing national borders. She had no qualms about taking on governments — even her own nominal bosses at the UN — whenever they frustrated her humanitarian efforts. She transformed the communications role of the agency and, more generally, turned it into a diplomatic and moral force, in a departure from its traditional legal protection services.). Continue

    Upcoming events


  • Fourth Annual Research and Orientation Workshop and Conference on Global Protection of Migrants & Refugees Dated 25 November to 29 November 2019
  • Upcoming Events- Fourth Annual Research & Orientation Workshop & Conference on GLOBAL PROTECTION OF Migrants & REFUGEES

    The Fourth Annual Research and Orientation Workshop and Conference on Global Protection of Migrants & Refugees will be held in Kolkata from 25 November to 29 November 2019. The workshop will be organised by the Calcutta Research Group (CRG) in collaboration with the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung. It will address issues of protection for refugees and migrants, gender, race, religion and other faultlines in the protection regime, neo-liberalism and migrant labour, and the Indian and South Asian experiences in a global context. ... Read Here     Login for workshop Participants

    Populism and Populist Politics in South Asia

    This conference aims to explore the historical consolidation and theoretical contours of populism and populist politics in South Asia with special reference to India. Left wing or right wing, the specific difficulty of articulating the ideological underpinnings of populism generally entails that we engage with its practices, rhetorics, institutional formations, mobilizing techniques, impact etc. At the very core of populism is the idea of a people and their apparent unmediated relationship with a charismatic leadership, a pattern that has emerged across the world. Through this conference, we then hope to examine the specific historical contexts within which different populist regimes have emerged and how they have deployed the category of people. This would mean, we examine the ways in which media, language, popular cultures, visual practices, governmental policies and schemes, political strategies and alliances, party formations etc. play certain kinds of role in populist regimes. We also encourage papers that will engage with questions of identity (for instance, caste, class, religion and gender) as categories that are used to mobilize people and which configure the leadership in specific ways. Papers and abstracts are invited towards attempts to define and understand populism as we are experiencing it in the contemporary context.
    Themes: 1. Populism, Popular Culture and the Production of the Public, 2. Land, Caste & Identities, 3. Parties, Leaders & the Democratic Question, 4. Schemes, Policies, Politics.
    Date of conference: 31st August & 1st September 2019
    For Details: CLICK HERE

    Kolkata Declaration

  • The New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants (2016) recognised that the existing international regime of refugee and migrant protection needed a new push towards strengthening measures for protection. It was decided that two new global compacts – one for refugees and the other for migration will be adopted by the UN. But how different will be the global compacts and what will be the promises and paradoxes they will come with? An international conference (25-30 November, 2018) organised by The Calcutta Research Group, where academics, activists and functionaries of international institutions from 18 countries explored these questions threadbare, finally tried to bridge the gap between promises and paradoxes with a Resolution called The Kolkata Declaration.

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  • Audio and Video Resources


    Documentary Film on Research Workshop and International Conference on the State of the Global Protection System for Refugees and Migrants organised by the Calcutta Research Group in collaboration with the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung (25-30 November 2018).

    A discussion on reimagining fortress North America and fortress Europe in the context of the recent global migration flows and shifting imaginaries of borderland with Jennifer Hyndman, Departments of Social Science and Geography, & Centre for Refugee Studies, York University, Toronto, William Walters, Department of Political Science and Department of Sociology & Anthropology, Carleton University, Ottawa and Federico Rahola, DISFOR, University of Genova, Genova .
    Interview with Paolo Novak, Department of Development Studies, SOAS, University of London

    Interview with Lucy Nusseibeh, Middle East Nonviolence and Democracy (MEND) & Nonviolent Peaceforce, East Jerusalem 

    Archives of Audio and Video Resources .... CLICK HERE

  • Krishna Trust

  • Late Krishna Bhattacharya was a founder member of Calcutta Research Group. Krishna Trust, set up in her memory, works for education and health of women.CRG plans to collaborate more deeply and meaningfully with the activities of Krishna Trust. This will be an humble effort on the part of CRG towards providing service to our society. For details of Krishna Trust.

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  • Autonomy, Social Justice, Governance and Democracy

  • The proposal views the rural migrants in the cities as a critical component of the urban poor; it explains the reasons for holding such a view, and hopes that the lessons will be extremely relevant for studies on the urban poor as a whole. It indicates the kind of concepts, knowledge, and resources and concepts the research wants to draw upon, also the gaps this research wants to address. It will be a three year research and dialogue programme (2013-2016). It will be conducted in collaboration with the Ford Foundation.

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    Previous Programme with Ford Foundation..
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    • Refugee Watch & Refugee Watch Online

      Refugee Watch, the biannual, peer-reviewed and refereed flagship journal of the Calcutta Research Group that offers a space for debate on refugees, forced migration, displacement, statelessness and related issues will be merging with its online co-publication, Refugee Watch Online, which primarily presents brief news, reports, views and comments pertaining to the human rights of the forcibly displaced. Refugee Watch and Refugee Watch Online will be operating from a common dedicated website shortly.


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      Mass Movements and Naxalbari, (Anustup, 2017) ...CLICK HERE


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    • Recent activities

      International Conference on Social & Political Mapping of Popular Movements, Logistical Vision & Infrastructure of India

      31 August-3 September, 2018

      For details CLICK HERE

      Fifth Krishna Memorial Award for Women Educationist, Students & Caregivers

      16 February, 2018

      For details CLICK HERE

      Capital in the East
      Marx's Capital after 150 Years

      30 & 31 January, 2018

      For details CLICK HERE