Born as a facilitating group in support of the peace movement in West Bengal, particularly during the Third Joint Conference of the Pakistan-India People’s Forum for Peace and Democracy - an unprecedented public gathering of 400 peace activists of the sub-continent for 4 days in Calcutta in 1996 - the Mahanirban Calcutta Research Group is now known as the Calcutta Research Group (CRG). The founders were a group of researchers, trade unionists, feminist thinkers and women’s rights campaigners, academics, journalists, and lawyers. This was to be a forum for policy discussion and analysis on issues of democracy, human rights, peace, and justice. 

        Developing as a forum of mostly young public activists and socially committed researchers, CRG is now well-known for its research, dialogues, and advocacy work. It has  carved out a niche for itself in the scholar-activist world for its policy studies on autonomy, human rights, women’s dignity, issues of forced displacement and migration, peace and conflict resolution, citizenship, borders and border-conflicts, and other themes relevant to democracy.  The emphasis that CRG places on the East and the Northeast in its research and dialogues has now resulted in a strong network of scholars, activists, and institutions in the region.


Friday Lectures@CRG by Camille Buat , PhD Student, University of Göttingen, Germany on "Circulatory labour practices and the constitution of a trans-regional scale of social relations: circuits of migration in the Bhojpuri region, 1910s-1980s", 06 November 2015,4.30 PM at CRG Seminar Hall... for abstract CLICK HERE

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Friday Lectures@CRG  by Camille Buat

Calcutta Research Group (CRG) cordially invites you to the Friday Lectures@CRG by Camille Buat, PhD candidate in History, University of Göttingen, Germany under the joint supervision of Pr. Paul-André Rosental, (Sciences Po, Paris, France) and Ravi Ahuja (Center for Modern Indian Studies, University of Göttingen, Germany). The research focuses are on circulatory labour practices linking in the Bhojpuri region with the rest of Eastern India throughout the 20th century.

Title: Circulatory Labour Practices and the Constitution of a Trans-regional Scale of Social Relations: Circuits of Migration in the Bhojpuri Region, 1910s-1980s

Date and Time: 06 November 2015, 4.30 PM || Venue: CRG Seminar Hall


for abstract CLICK HERE



 An Orientation Programme on

Globalization, Crisis and Public Policy

Calcutta Research Group in collaboration with Rabindra Bharati University is planning to organize a one-week course on the theme ‘Globalization, Crisis and Public Policy’ during November 23-29, 2015 in Kolkata, India. The proposed course is intended to understand the nitty-gritty of neoliberal globalization including the periodic crises in the market economy all over the world vis-à-vis concerned public policies across the globe including India. It is intended to take up an exploration into socio-economic crisis along the axes of both theoretical nuances and practical implications.  


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InterAsian Connections V: Seoul (April 2730, 2016)

Seoul National University Asia Center

DEADLINE: September 8, 2015


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Welcome to Interrogating Forced Migration: 

A Research Workshop





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Friday Lectures@ CRG

CRG is inviting abstracts (of not more than 300 words) from scholars, students and activists along with a short bio-note. You can mail your abstracts to
Sucharita Sengupta & Madhura Chakraborty at &

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Let's Support Nepal...

We, Calcutta Research Group (CRG) and the Nepal Institute of Peace (NIP), are going to support the people of Nepal in this hour of need and work on monitoring the situation and ensuring the transparency of relief fund provided by various donor agencies for government and non-government organizations in Nepal. We request all concerned people to come forward and show solidarity with the people of Nepal by donating money to the relief fund organized by CRG and NIP.


Please contact for details:

Samaresh Guchhait

Som Niroula
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Shiva Kumar Dhungana
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