Dialogues and Conferences


International Association for the Study of Forced Migration Biannual Conference IASFM 18 : Disrupting Theory, Unsettling Practice: Towards Transformative Forced Migration Scholarship and Policy 

Venue: University of Ghana, Accra

Date: July 26-30, 2021

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A Conference to Commemorate the 150th year of the Publication of Karl Marx’s Capital (Volume One) - Capital in the East

The first volume of Karl Marx's Capital (Volume one), published in 1867 was considered for long throughout the world as the most important guide to understand the ills of capitalism, the origin of the working class, and the materiality of the exploitation of the workers. The book was translated worldwide in numerous languages, and arguably became the most important book in the last two centuries. Then in the last three decades as socialism collapsed and neoliberal capitalism spread to various corners of the globe,  Capital became a redundant treatise to many. Its analysis was held outdated, fit for only intellectual consumption and curiosity. However, the world financial crisis of 2008 brought Capital to renewed attention of critical theorists, social scientists, and progressive movements. Its analyses are being considered even more relevant today. Newspapers have focused attention on the contemporary relevance of many of its arguments. In the developing world the drive towards developmentalism,expansion of market, financialisation, weakening of state’s welfare services, rampant privatisation, and boundless exploitation of natural and human resources have become major issues of concern. In this milieu Capital has returned to attention. The conference aims to discuss this return of  Capital to attention and enquire the new questions in this light.

The Conference is being held jointly by several institutions and in

collaboration with Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung 

Venue: Rangdarbar, Swabhumi, Kolkata  ||  Date: 30-31 January 2018

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 Roundtable discussion at Presidency University will be held at the A.J.C. Bose Auditorium (Main Building, Ground Floor), 4-6 pm on January 29, 2018. .. CLICK HERE

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Roundtable on Étienne Balibar & Immanuel Wallerstein’s Race, Nation, Class: Ambiguous Identities 

Jointly Organised by Calcutta Research Group & Rabindra Bharati University In Collaboration with Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin. 

Venue: Kabi Janani Sarada Kaksha (2nd Floor), Arts Building, Rabindra Bharati University, B.T. Road Campus, Kolkata-700 050

Date: 11 January 2018 || Time: 1.30 —5.30 pm

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Sixth Critical Studies Conference on 'Refugees, Migrants, Violence and the Transformation of Cities', 23-25 August, 2017

Refugees, Migrants, Violence and the Transformation of Cities

Cities world over are attracting increasing numbers of people fleeing villages, small and big towns, other countries and continents to escape conflicts, wars, violence, environmental degradation and natural disasters. Political, economic, social and cultural reasons have combined in this phenomenon of massive and mixed migration. Displacements being protracted immigrants arrive often to stay. Cities are facing the brunt of this development and are imperceptibly or radically being transformed. In this background the Sixth Critical Studies Conference will be an interdisciplinary attempt to map in a comparative framework the restructuring of cities under the impact of refugee and migration flows. It will explore cityscapes in various parts of the world as inbuilt destination spaces of refugee and population movements, such as irregular and subsistence labour as guest workers, trafficked victims, smuggled women and children, immigrant workers in care and entertainment industry, and above all masses of urban refugees and environmental migrants. The conference will thereby seek to understand how with refugees and migrants as inbuilt components of their formation, today’s cities constitute and contest at the same time the parallel scales of the local, national, and the global; how as migrant spaces cities become the battleground of discourses on rights, security, economy, citizenship, populism, and culture; and yet how cities can develop as public spaces and spheres of participation in which varied actors negotiate diversity including race, class and gender. With this broad aim this research conference will bring to light in historical and comparative perspective the urban experiences of restructuration. 

On the themes and details of the five previous critical studies conferences, visit – http://www.mcrg.ac.in/dg_critical.asp  

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IASFM 14: ‘Contested Spaces & Cartographic Challenges’

The 14th Conference of the International Association for Studies in Forced Migration (IASFM) will be hosted by Mahanirban Calcutta Research Group, Kolkata, India,January 6-9, 2013. This is the first time that this conference is being hosted in South Asia.

The nature and character of migration, particularly ‘forced' migration, today is different from that in previous decades. But while this is not a new observation, it has not been acknowledged in such a manner, because of what underlined the refugee regime and what regulated the management and protection of refugees. This has been underscored by migratory patterns in much of the colonial world (read, Africa and Asia, for instance) as against the European context. The UN however, acknowledged this by noting in its 10 Point Plan of Action that migration is characterised by mixed movements. Even then, the underlying institutions that aimed at securing the rights of refugees in the last few decades did not change. Refugees continued to be those that fled political persecution leaving a large number of people who fled due to other factors outside the legal definition and thus protection regime. Second, internal displacement gained prominence as a category of rights bearing subjects but the role of UN institutions was curtailed or expanded depending on the state that produced the internally displaced. Thus, even though forced by circumstances, government policies or government inaction/impunity, internally displaced persons were not accorded the same kind of protection that refugees were. Thus it is not uncommon for internally displaced persons to call themselves refugees even while they are within the physical borders of the state. 

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IASFM19 Conference eBooks : the e-books of the Keynotes and accepted abstracts from IASFM19 (which was held August 1-5, 2022, and hosted by the Universidade Catolica de Santos) are now available.

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-ŕ-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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A Two day Workshop on Digitization of Identity and its Impact on the Migrant Masses

Calcutta Research Group in collaboration with the CSCS, Bangalore, on 29-30 June, 2012

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Report on the book launch of Does the Elephant Dance?: Contemporary Indian Foreign Policy by David M Malone

The Calcutta Research Group in collaboration with the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and Oxford University Press organized the book launch of Does the Elephant Dance?: Contemporary Indian Foreign Policy by David M Malone. The event was organized at The Oberoi Grand on May 11, 2011. The book was released by His Excellency M K Narayanan, Honorable Governor of West Bengal.

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The Workshop on Media and Forced Migration Gangtok, Sikkim dated 21-23 January 2011

Eviction from one’s homeland occurs because of various causes, including conflict, natural or manmade disasters and the so-called development drives. As a result, people are forced to migrate and relocate often amid poor living conditions, uncertainty and insecurity. This problem is encountered in many parts of the world, and the North-east is one of the hotspots today. However, it often does not get due coverage in the media, and many journalists feel that the resources, tools and skills to cover this issue at their disposal is inadequate. The Gangtok media workshop sought to address this issue. Its purpose was to discuss and prepare a toolkit and reader for media persons in the North-east on forced migration.

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