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Call for Papers

Calcutta Research Group in collaboration with Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung will be organizing an International Conference from 31 August to 3 September 2018.
The title for the first two days (31 August-1 September) is Who are the People? Populism and the Populist Movements. It will address the following themes (a) Populism as ideology, dialogue or political approach (b) Populism and the notion of the people (c)Populism and gender and (d) Populist tracks.
The title for the two concluding days (2-3 September) will be Infrastructure Across Frontiers: Logistics, Governance and Society. It will address the following themes (a) Data Centres in India (b) Politics of infrastructure: agencies, interests and agendas (c) Rural infrastructure, connectivity and development (d) ‘Infrastructural alliances’ and global finance (e) ‘Narratives of connectivity’ and the potential for conflict .
Those who are interested to participate in Who are the People? Populism and the Populist Movement may write to shatabdi@mcrg.ac.in and in Infrastructure Across Frontiers: Logistics, Governance and Society to ankita@mcrg.ac.in by 30 June 2018 with a 300 word bio-note and a 500 word abstract on the theme of presentation.

Research and Orientation Workshop and International Conference on Migration and Forced Migration Studies

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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

    Upcoming events

  • Colaborative Workshop on Popular Movement in West Bengal & Bihar, 2018 on 22 June, 2018
  • Three Days International Conference on Social and Political Mapping of Popular Movements, Logistical Vision and Infrastructure of India, 2018
  • 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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    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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  • recent Programmes


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    On the occasion of the bicentenary of Karl Marx, Ranabir Samaddar, Distinguished Chair, Migration and Forced Migration Studies, Calcutta Research Group, will deliver  a lecture on 


    Karl Marx, Colonialism and India


    Professor Samaddar is the author of Karl Marx and the Postcolonial Age (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2018)

    Venue: Seminar Room, CRG  || Date: Friday, July 06, 2018  || Time: 04.00 PM|| Abstract...CLICK HERE

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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 from June/July 2018.


    • Follow Ranabir Samaddar on

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


      CRG Library is now open at HB 232 (Ground Floor), Monday to Friday 1.00 pm.  to 5.00 pm. For enquiries contact CRG Office

    • Recent activities

      Fifth Krishna Memorial Award for Women Educationist, Students & Caregivers

      16 February, 2018

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      Capital in the East
      Marx's Capital after 150 Years

      30 & 31 January, 2018

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      Research Workshop on Cities, Rural Migrants and the Urban Poor

      26 & 27 December, 2017

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