Distinguished Chair on Migration and Forced Migration Studies

The Governing Body of Mahanirban Calcutta Research Group (CRG) took a resolution  in its 35th Governing Body Meeting held on 23 August 2015 to institute a Distinguished Chair on Migration and Forced Migration Studies and it was offered to Professor Ranabir Samaddar The resolution was also approved by the members of CRG in its 19th Annual General Meeting held on 23 August 2015. The acceptance speech by Professor Samaddar "Crisis in Greece: Europe's Post Colonial Destiny" was held at the Academy of Fine Arts on 3 October 2015  from 6 - 8pm. For details of the programme click here .



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  In this interview, Ranabir Samaddar, a resident researcher at Iméra (2022-23) and holder of the EHESS / Iméra Chair in Transregional Studies, talks about his research project titled "La biopolitique d’en bas, un nouveau modčle de pouvoir et une autre politique de la vie" (The Bottom-Up Biopolitics, a New Power Model and an Alternative Politics of Life). Ranabir Samaddar's research project at the Institute for Advanced Studies of Aix-Marseille University (Iméra) draws heavily from the postcolonial condition. The formulation of "biopolitique d’en bas" offers insights into a different politics of life and the possibility of a new model of public power. It is a classic case of utopia as a social practice, particularly in a dystopian era that characterizes our times.  CLICK HERE
  In conversation with Ranabir Samaddar, Resident Researcher and EHESS/Iméra Chair in Transregional Studies, at the Institute for Advanced Studies of Aix-Marseille University.  CLICK HERE
  Samaddar, Ranabir, “The Importance of Media Attention toward Shock Mobility (360info series on Shock Mobility, published on 19 June 2023)  CLICK HERE
  Samaddar, Ranabir, Sandro Mezzadra and Brett Neilson. “The War in Ukraine and its Global Implications: Views from the Asia Pacific (Panel Discussion, University of Bologna, 15 December 2022)  CLICK HERE
  Samaddar, Ranabir. “An Intelligent Guide to the Responsibility Paradox” (Valedictory Lecture, Seventh Critical Studies Conference ‘Migrant Asias: Refugees, Statelessness and Migrant Labour Regimes’, CRG-IWM-RLS, in Kolkata, 19 November 2022).  CLICK HERE
  Samaddar, Ranabir, Evren Balta and Renata Uitz. “Soft Authoritarianism in Geopolitical Complexities” (Online Panel Discussion, University of Bremen, 27 October 2022)  CLICK HERE
  Samaddar, Ranabir. “How do colonialism and empire shape migration today?’’ MMB Insights and Sounds 2022 (University of Bristol, 25 October 2022).  CLICK HERE
  Samaddar, Ranabir. “Universalism of the Oppressed: B.R. Ambedkar’s Annihilation of Caste” (Online Public Lecture, Calcutta Research Group, 8 June 2022).   CLICK HERE
  A Southern view on the Ukraine war- , conversation with Ranabir Samaddar (Calcutta Research Group, India) and Biao Xiang reflect on possible mistakes of the European Left and its self-engrossed indulgement with the idea of a union of Europe to a neglect of the phemena of wars, borders, military alliances, financial stranglehold of corporate giants, and most importantly the past histories of reconstruction of societies   CLICK HERE
  “As the West Goes to War, Crafting Peace Today” - in discussion Sandro Mezzadra, Marcello Musto and Ranabir Samaddar, moderation by Paula Banerjee, 25 April 2022  CLICK HERE
  'The Impossibility of Politics: Brecht, Manto and Two Itinerant Situations', Lecture by Professor Ranabir Samaddar, 19 October 2021 at Europe-Asia Research Platform on Forced Migration, IWM, Vienna   CLICK HERE
  Bharatborsho ki adou ekti juktorashtro   CLICK HERE
  Public Lecture by Prof. Ranabir Samaddar 'A Pandemic and the Politics of Life' organised by the Kerala Council for Historical Research, 14 June 2021   CLICK HERE
  Keynote Lecture by Prof. Ranabir Samaddar in the "Young South Asia Scholars' Meet 2021" organised by the Graduate Institute, Geneva, on 3 June 2021.   CLICK HERE
  A Conversation with Ranabir Samaddar on “Karl Marx and the Postcolonial Age. May 8, 2021.   CLICK HERE
  Refugees & Border Securitization: The EU-India People's Summit LIVESTREAM on 3 May 2021.   CLICK HERE
  Podcast: A Cultural Battle Is Being Fought in Every Village in West Bengal' on 22 April 2021.   CLICK HERE
  Ranabir Samaddar delivered a lecture on 'Borders and Mobility' on 05 April 2021.   CLICK HERE
  Ranabir Samaddar was delivered a Lecture on Statelessness in South Asia (Monthly Lectures), 11 March 2019, 6:00pm - 7:30pm, IWM library The lecture examines the entanglements of citizenship policies and practices with the spread of statelessness today. It discusses the genesis of the Rohingya question in Myanmar in the broader context of citizenship registration ...   CLICK HERE
  Interview to a Tufts University Project   CLICK HERE
  Discussion by Nilüfer Göle, Sandro Mezzadra, Ranabir Samaddar on “The Global Left between Race and Religion- Competing of Converging Categories?   CLICK HERE
  Lecture by Ranabir Samaddar on " The Case of India and the Global Refugee Regime"    CLICK HERE
  Lectures by Petar Bojanić, Nilüfer Göle, Ranabir Samaddar on " New Practice of Theory".  CLICK HERE
  A Roundtable discussion on the NRC published on 30.07.2018, that deemed more than 40 lakh people to be non-citizens. Mr. Rajat Ray moderated the discussion between Prof. Ranabir Samaddar, Prof. Samir Das and Mr Subir Bhaumik.    CLICK HERE
  “A Postcolonial Enquiry into the Debt and Migration Crises of Europe”, Black Athena Reloaded, The Apatride Society of the Political Others, Athens, 19 May 2017 -    CLICK HERE
  Ranabir Samaddar's lecture on Towards a Postcolonial Theory of the Political Subject, organised by the Department of Geography of ENS, Paris on 17 January 2017.  CLICK HERE
  The Bloody Line - A Film by Ram Madhvani - South Asia Citizens Web. A 9 min Film on Partition.  CLICK HERE
  Sent to die in the Mediterenean  CLICK HERE
  Where the Word's Refugees live  CLICK HERE
  A photogallery on Rohingya women in Teknaf, camps of Bangladesh along with short life stories - 'Rohingya Testimony: No reason to hide our faces' by Shaifur Rahman  CLICK HERE
  A Documentary on Rohingya women in the camps of Bangladesh by Shafiur Rahman  CLICK HERE
  A video covered on women in the Rohingya camps of Bangladesh by Shafiur Rahman  CLICK HERE
  New York Times Links of "Outlaw Ocean Series"  CLICK HERE
  Professor Samaddar's Lecture on MIgration Crisis in the University of Gotingen.  CLICK HERE
  On Refugee Crisis in Europe.  CLICK HERE
  On Syrian engineer opting for Senegal over EU 'Prison' .  CLICK HERE
  On Turkish Coast Guard attacking a Refugee Boat.  CLICK HERE
  Spanish colonialism in The Philippines  Historical Background
  Acceptance Speech by Professor Ranabir Samaddar on 03 October 2015  CLICK HERE