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 .



Publications of the Chair Since 2015


  Samaddar, Ranabir. "An Intelligent Guide to the Discriminatory History of Responsibility" December 2022. CLICK HERE
  Samaddar, Ranabir. “How riots formed Kolkata’s ghettos.” 360info. 12 January 2023. CLICK HERE
  Musto, Marcello, Paula Banerjee, Ranabir Samaddar and Sandro Mezzadra. “As the West Goes to War, Crafting Peace Question Today, Report.” Refugee Watch, No. 60 (December 2022): 92-104 CLICK HERE
  Samaddar, Ranabir. “The Right to be Neutral.” 360info. 24 May 2022. CLICK HERE
  Samaddar, Ranabir. “The Contentious Nature of Peace.” Transnational Social Strike Platform. 25 April 2022 CLICK HERE
  Samaddar, Ranabir. “Genocide: On the Edge of an Act called Mass Murder.” International Politics Reviews, 2022 CLICK HERE
  Samaddar, Ranabir. “Brecht, Manto and Two Situations.” Policies and Practices, No. 129 (November 2021) CLICK HERE
  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 CLICK HERE
  Podcast: A Cultural Battle Is Being Fought in Every Village in West Bengal , The Wire, 20 April 2021 CLICK HERE
  The Bengal elections are knocking at the door. How will the parties, the Trinamul Congress (TMC) and the CPM in particular, respond? Can they form a united front by combining the crucial populist currents in their favour? Eminent political scientist Ranabir Samaddar, founder of the Calcutta Research Group explores these questions in a dialogue | ‘Time for Left to re-imagine class, populism’, The Teleghraph, 07 January 2020 CLICK HERE
  Interview | 'At the Stroke of Midnight, Migrant Workers Became Aliens in a Double Sense', The Wire, 23 April 2020 CLICK HERE
  A CRG E-Book Publication, Border of An Epidemic: COVID 19 and Migrant Workers , April 2020 CLICK HERE
  "Debate: What Are We Missing When Talking of Education in West Bengal?," The Wire, 9 July 2019 CLICK HERE
  'Protirodher Poth Sahaj Noy [The Path to Resistance is Not an Easy One]', Anandabazar Patrika, 5 July 2019 CLICK HERE
  India: A general Election, Emerging Model of Power and Populist Resistance, Open Democracy, 25 June 2019 CLICK HERE
  Chikitsha Sankater Sthayi Samadhan Adou Sambhab? (Is a long term solution to the 'crisis' in public health possible?) Eisamay, 24 June 2019 CLICK HERE
  India's Looming Crisis of Citizenship: A Paradox of Protection and Power, The Wire, 12 April 2019,CLICK HERE
  Neoliberal Capitalism in India, Re-work, Humboldt University, Berlin, 22 March 2019
  (Edited) From Popular Movements to Rebellion: The Naxalite Decade (New Delhi: Social Science Press, 2018)
  (Co-edited) Political Ecology of Survival: Life and Labour in the River Lands of East and North-East India (Hyderabad: Orient Black Swan, 2018)
  Popular Uprising in Paris and Left’s Fear of Populism, Alternatives International, 14 December 2018, CLICK HERE
  The NRC Process and the Spectre of Statelessness in India, The Wire, 25 October 2018, CLICK HERE
  (Co-edited), The Rohingya in South Asia: People without a State (New York: Routledge,2018)
  (Co-edited), Logistical Asia (Singapore: Springer, 2018)
   (Authored) Karl Marx and the Postcolonial Age (New York: Palgrave McMillan, 2017)
  (Co-authored), “Workers’ Struggles and Autonomy: Strategic and Tactical Considerations” in Dario Azzellini and Michael G. Kraft, The Class Strikes Back: Self Organized Workers’ Struggles in the Twenty-First Century (Leiden: Brill, 2017)
  “Borders of Labour and Refugee Economies”, Refugee Watch, Issue 50, December 2017
  “The Ecological Migrant in Postcolonial Time” in Andrew Baldwin and Giovanni Bettini (eds.), Life Adrift: Climate Change, Migration, Critique (London and New York: Rowman and Littlefield, 2017)
  “The Logistical City”, IIC Quarterly, Special Issue on “The Contemporary Urban Conundrum”, Winter 2016-Spring 2017
  “Power and Responsibility at the margins: The Case of India in the Global Refugee Regime”, Refuge, Volume 33, No 1, 2017
  “Une critique postcoloniale de l’accumulation contemporaine du capital” (French translation of “A Postcolonial Critique of capital Accumulation Today”, Actuel Marx, 61, 2017
  Autonomy in India: Tactical and Strategic Considerations on the New Wave of Workers’ Struggles, Viewpoint, January 2017 CLICK HERE
  Ranabir Samaddar Speaks on Rohingya Crisis : It is also a Question of Human Rights, Ananadabazar Patrika, 2017 CLICK HERE
  A long month in the life of turbulent West Bengal, Catch News, 2017 CLICK HERE
  The Logistical City, 2017 CLICK HERE
  Mamata’s pro-poor policies alone may not be enough to stop BJP in Bengal, 2017 CLICK HERE
  50 years of Naxalbari: why the new milieu it spawned is still relevant today, 2017 CLICK HERE
  "The Labour of the Refugee Economy", Refugee Watch Online, 2017 CLICK HERE
  The Crisis of 1974: Railway Strike and the Rank and File, Primus Books, 2017.
  Accumulation in Post-Colonial Capitalism, co-edited with Iman Kumar Mitra and Samita Sen, Springer, 2017.
  “Education, Inequality, and Neo liberalism” in Avinash Kumar Singh (ed.), Education and Empowerment in India, London and New York: Routledge, 2016
  A Post-Colonial Enquiry into Europe’s Debt and Migration Crisis, Springer, 2016.
  Cultures of Governance and Peace A Comparison of EU and Indian Theoretical and Policy Approaches, co-edited with J. Peter Burgess and Oliver P. Richmond, Manchester, 2016
  “Forced Migration Situations as exceptions in History?” International Journal of Migration and Border Studies. CLICK HERE
  "A life beyond boundaries": Benedict Anderson 1936-2015, Biblio , January-February 2016. CLICK HERE
  Human Migration as Crisis of Europe”,  Economic and Political Weekly, L (51), 19 December 2015 CLICK HERE
  “Beyond the Frame of Practical Reason: The Indian Evidence Act and Its Performative Life”, Diogenes, 60 (3-4), 2015
  “The Indian Railway Workers and the Crisis of 1974”, Working USA: The Journal of Labor and Society, 18, December 2015
  “The Politics of Indebtedness and Government”, Alternatives (Montreal), October 2015 CLICK HERE 
  “The Violent Foundations of Citizenship” in Samir K. Das (ed.), India: Democracy and Violence (New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2015)
  “The Post-Colonial Bind of Greece”, August 2015 CLICK HERE 
  “Violence along the Indo-Bangladesh Border”, Broken Rifle: War Resisters’ International, 103, August 2015 CLICK HERE
  A Report on Rohingyas : The Emergence of a Stateless Community. CLICK HERE