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Research and Orientation Workshop in Migration and Forced Migration Studies

Application date extended to 15 May 2018

Applications are invited for a Research and Orientation Workshop to be held in Kolkata from 25 November to 30 November 2018. The workshop will be held by Calcutta Research Group (CRG) in collaboration with the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung. It will address the following themes:(a) Global compact on migration and refugees; promises and paradoxes;(b) Racialisation of migration: race, religion, gender, and other fault lines in the global protection system, (c) Power and responsibility in the protection system ( global, regional, and national) in the context of mixed and massive population flows; the need to redefine the “responsibility to protect”; (d) Migrant and refugee labour and immigrant economies, camps, and urban refugees; privatisation of care and protection(e) Statelessness, international conventions, and the need for new initiatives; (f) Refugee crisis in Asia, in particular South Asia: common features with the European scenario; and (g) Perspectives on the need for New Global, Regional, and National Responses (with special reference to Asia).

Application addressed to the Programme Coordinator can be sent by email to anita@mcrg.ac.in with cc to ankita@mcrg.ac.in or by post to the following address – Mahanirban Calcutta Research Group, GC 45 (first floor), Sector 3, Salt Lake, Kolkata 700106, West Bengal, India (ph: 033-23370408). Last date of application is 30 April 2018.
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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

  • Collaborative Workshop for Dissemination on A Social Mapping of Infrastructure Logistics, and India's Look East Policy

    Theme: Logistics, Global Governance and India's Look East Policy
    Venue: Vidyasagar University, Midnapore

    Date: 20 March 2018

    Collaboration with Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung and Department of Political Science and Rural Administration , Vidyasagar University.

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    • Lecture by ranabir samaddar

      Ranabir Samaddar, Visiting Fellow, Institut fur die Wissenschaften vom Menschen (IWM), Vienna, will be speaking on The Urban Turn on 24 April 2018, 16.15-18.00. The urban turn of our time begins with the agrarian crisis. In fact, the agrarian sector in today’s capitalist economy the world over is facing crisis. The emphasis is now more on logistical services and making cities the nodes of logical management of economy. Thus, cities in comparison have become sites of greater investment, and the restructuring of cities is also under way. Cities are merging, gobbling up suburbs and countryside, becoming unendingly greater in size, accommodating more and more people, and are now the destination points of thousands and thousands of migrants. Cities have to be multi-functional to act as big trading marts, points of large networks of roads and digital connectivity, and sites of specialised services, besides being centres of administrative management and functioning as venues of parliamentary politics. Yet, they are also havens for refugees and migrants. Cities today conjure up the 'people', the 'mass', and what some call the 'multitude'.

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    • 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

      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 Ankita Manna at ankita@mcrg.ac.in Continue Reading »

    • 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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