Mahanirban Calcutta Research group


Previous Public Lectures



Ranabir Samaddar, Distinguished Chair, Migration and Forced Migration Studies, Calcutta Research Group , "Memories of the Forgotten ", 20 September


Kjell-Ake Nordquist, Professor of International Relations, University College Stockholm  , "The Megacity: between the Nation-State and Globalization", 14 August


Simon Behrman, School of Law, Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham  , "The Politics of ‘Climate Refugees’?", 7 August

Atig Ghosh, Assistant Professor at the Department of History, Vidya-Bhavana, Visva-Bharati University, Santiniketan , "Re-articulating 'Agrarian Populism' in Postcolonial India: Considerations around D.N. Dhanagare's Populism and Power: Farmers' Movement in Western India, 1980-2014 and Beyond", 18 July

Ranabir SamaddarDistinguished Chair, Migration and Forced Migration Studies, Calcutta Research Group , "On Left-Wing Populism ", 7 June

Ravi Ahuja, Professor, Centre for Modern Indian Studies, University of Gottingen, Germany, "The Natives of the S. S. Egypt: Steamship Workers and Racial Management in the British Empire  ", 29 March




Anne Feenstra, Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, CEPT University, Ahmedabad(2015-2017), "Slow Architecture  ", 26 October


Anne-Marie Autissier, The Institute of European Studies (Paris 8 University) , "Politicies of Diversity in Art and Cultural Organisations: A Comparison France-India  ", 27 July


Ranabir Samaddar, Distinguished Chair, Migration and Forced Migration Studies, Calcutta Research Group , "Karl Marx, Colonialism and India ", 6 July

Prasanta Ray, President of Calcutta Research Group and Emeritus Professor of Sociology and Political Science, Presidency University , "'The Sociology of Greed: Runs and Ruins in Banking Crises ", 1 June

Brian Fehler, Associate Professor of English, Texas Women’s University , "'history of rhetoric, religious rhetorics, and American literature (colonial through long nineteenth century) ", 24 May

Liza Schuster, Department of Sociology, City University of London , "Returning Refugees to Conflict Zones ", 5 February






Livio Boni, Université de Toulouse Jean Jaurès, "The Generic City: meta-political remarks on the future of the city at the time of absolute capitalism", 26 December


Ranabir Samaddar, Distinguished Chair in Migration and Forced Migration Studies, Calcutta Research Group , "Urban Turn", 26 December


Sanjay Barbora, Associate Professor at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences(TISS)Guwahati , "Peasants, Students, Insurgents and Popular Movements in Contemporary Assam", 28 November

Sayantan Saha Roy, University of Chicago, Department of Anthropology, " Thinking about Rights in India: Life and/or Liberty ", 14 September 2017

Subir Sinha, SQAS, London, " Separation, Mobility and the Ordinary City: On Migrants' Subjection and Subjectivity ", 23 August 2017

Alexa Franczak, McGill University, Faculty of Law, " The Exclusion of Women Interests in the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation, and Resettlement Act ", 19 July 2017

Rama S. Melkote, Author and former Professor of Political Science at Osmania University, " Women in the Telangana Movements: Then and Now", 14 July 2017
S Akbar Zaidi
Eminent Political Economist from Pakistan, " Has China Taken Over Pakistan ?", 9 June 2017
Kanak Mani Dixit,
Eminent Journalist from Nepal, " Nepal: Gateway Into and Out of South Asia", 9 June 2017
Manoranjan Byapari,
Noted Write and Pioneer of Dalit Writing in West Bengal, " His Life as a Bengali, Dalit Refugee", 12 May 2017 




Ranabir Samaddar, Distinguished Chair in Migration and Forced Migration Studies, CRG, " Ecological Marginality and Floating Populations", 20 December 2016

Nimmi Kurian, Associate Professor, Centre for Policy Research, " The Periphery as Hub? Competing Constructions of Borders in India's Act East Policy", 16 November 2016

Bivas Chaudhuri, Department of Statistics, All India Institute of Hygiene and Public Health, " Use of Official Statistics in the Social Science Research - Issues and Concerns", 03 November 2016

Sumanta Banerjee, Independent Researcher, " The Core and Contours of Popular Movements in India in the near Future", 20 September 2016

Sravani Biswas, Syracus University, " Independence Not Yet: East Pakistan and the Cyclone of 1970", 16 August 2016

C. Raja Mohan, Director, Carnegie India, " Reconnecting the Subcontinent : India and the New Silk Roads", 24 June 2016

József Böröcz, Professor of Sociology, Rutgers University, " Materialist Background to the 2015: Refugee Crisis of Europe", 17 June 2016

Lawrence Liang, Legal Researcher and Co-founder, Alternative Law Forum, " Bright Lights and Shadows: Histories and Politics of Labour and Law in the Indian Film Industry ", 4 May 2016

Swapna Mukhopadhyay, Graduate School of Education, Portland State University, " Ethnomathematics", 19 February 2016

Ananda Bhattacharya, Assistant Director, Directorate of State Archives, Government of West Bengal, " Evolution of Archives in Ancient, Medieval and Modern Through the Ages : Its Management and system of Record Keeping", 22 January 2016

Anandaroop Sen, PhD Student, Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, " The Arakanese, the 'Magha' and the Space of Refuge: Settlement Projects in Cittagong", 13 January 2016

Suryasikha Pathak, Assistant Professor, Centre for Tribal Studies, Assam University, " Identity and Politics : The Bodo Movement and its Genesis", 13 January 2016




Camille Buat, PhD Student, University of Göttingen, Germany, " 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

Ranabir Samaddar, Distinguished Chair in Migration and Forced Migration Studies, CRG, " Crisis in Greece : Europe's Postcolonial Destiny", 03 October 2015

Clara Atehortua , Lawyer from Universidad de Medellín, " IDPs Settlement in the Cities and Durable Solutions Programs ", 01 October 2015

D.M.Diwakar, Director, A. N. Sinha Institute of Social Studies, " Migration and Social Change in Bihar", 20 August 2015

Taimoor Shahid, PhD Student, University of Chicago, " The Enchanted Paradigm: Modernity of Difference in Faiz Ahmad Faiz’s Poetry", 04 August 2015

Jessica De Santi, Bachelor of Law, McGill University, "Pluralisms in Law: International Refugee Law and India’s Refugee Policy", 17 July

Ranabir Samaddar, Director, Calcutta Research Group, "The Crisis of 1947, the Railway Strike, and the Rank and File", 05 June

Christoph Hauck, Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg, "Change of Government in Comparative Perspective: The End of Hegemonic Party-Rule in the German State of Baden-Wuerttemberg and West Bengal 2011", 13 May

Iman Kumar Mitra, Research and Programme Associate, Calcutta Research Group, " The Rhetoric of Rent and the Rent of Rhetoric: Birth of the Economic Expert, 08 May

Manabi Majumdar, Professor Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta, " Meyeder Shikkha : Byaktir Pachanda Banaam Samajer Angikar” (Women’s Education: Individual Choice versus Social Commitment), 26 February

Prafulla Chakraborty, Eminent Activist and Trade-Unionist, " Autonomous Labour Movement in West Bengal", 20 February

Debasis Poddar, Assistant Professor of Law, National University of Study and Research in Law, Ranchi, Jharkhand, " One Hundred years of War and Peace since World War I: A Juridical Trajectory, 16 January













Immanuel Ness, Professor of Political Science, Brooklyn College, The City University of New York, " Autonomy of the Trade Union Movements", 25 August

Simpreet Singh, Housing Rights Activist based in Mumbai, " Politics of the Civil Society and Civility of the Political Society", 31 July

Peter Grbac, McGill University, Faculty of Law, " Accessing Refugee: India and its 1971 Refugee "Problem" ", 25 July

Sujata Dutta Hazarika, Deputy Director, Indira Gandhi National Open University, Guwahati , " Global Initiative for Sustainable Development and Planning: Engaging a Discourse in Natural Resource Management and Conflict Resolution in North East India", 18 July

Ranabir Samaddar, Director, Calcutta Research Group, " Policing a Riot-torn City: Kolkata16-18 August 1946", 6 June

Itty Abraham, Associate Professor, National University of Singapore, " Technology, Body, and Law: The Antinomies of Rights and Governmentality", 25 April (Second Sage-CRG Lecture)

Annemiek Prins, University of Amsterdam, " The Plight of Dwelling : East-Bengali Migrants and the Struggle for Land in Kolkata", 11 April

Geraldine Forbes, Distinguished Teaching Professor, History Department, State University of New York Oswego, " I could live like a boy in every other respect... Misperceptions about Education for women", 14 March

Faisal Fasih, Lecturer, WBNUJS, " Social Security of Unorganized Workers in India", 21 February

Anindya Ray chaudhuri, British Academy Post Doctorial Fellow, Department of English University of St. Andreues, " My Other Mother: Narratives of the 1947 Indian / Pakistani Partition, Separated Families and Mourning as Agency", 10 January









Pamela Philipose, Director and Editor-in-Chief, Women's Feature Service, New Delhi," The Time We Live In (Framed by New Media)", 14 December

Byasdeb Dasgupta, Associate Professor, Department of Economic, University of Kalyani, " Some Thoughts on India under Neo-liberal Transition", 15 November

Shyamalendu Mazumdar, Faculty, Department of Political Science, Sivanath Sastri College, Kolkata," Homelessness", 23 August

Naba Dutta, Eminent Labour and Human-Rights Activist," Present Conditions of Labour Movement in West Bengal", 20 August

Harry E. Vanden, Professor of Political Science and International Studies, University of South Florida, Tampa," Resurgence and Evolution of the Latin American Left and the Prospects for New Democracy There", 26 July

Charlotte-Anne Malischewski, Under Graduate Student, McGill University, Faculty of Law," Statelessness Law in India: Production, Prevention and Priotection", 19 July

Paula Banerjee, Department of South and South East Asian Studies, Calcutta University and Honorary Senior Researcher, CRG," Women, Conflict and Security: Case of Tripura", 12 July

Sita Venkateswar, Director , International in the collage of Humanities and Social Sciences and Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology Program at Massey University, New Zeland, " Expanding the Margins: Toward 'an anthropology of life' in the Anthropocene",  12 July

Subir Bhaumik, Former BBC correspondent and member of CRG, "China, India and Future of Asia", 21 June

Sekhar Bandyopadhyay, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, Anasua Basu Ray Chaudhury, Research & Programme Associate, CRG, and Anwesha Sengupta,Research and Programme Assistant, CRG, " Dalits and Partition in the East between 1947 and 1964: A Research in Progress", 14 February

Bishnu N. Mohapatra, Visiting Senior Fellow, South Asian Studies Programme, National University of Singapore, " Intimacy, Distance & Conditions of Being Refugees ",  6 January (First Sage-CRG Lecture)







Arthur Cessou-Butel,
Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales" Illegal Migration in West Bengal and its Perception in Political and Public Spheres", 03 December

Samir K.Das, Vice-Chancellor, North Bengal University and Member CRG, " Unstable Spaces and New Nomadism”, 14 October

J.Peter Burgess, Professor at Peace Research Institute Oslo and Senior Researcher at the Institute for European Studies of the Vrije Universiteit Brussels " What is Critical Migration Studies? ", 30 September

Samita Sen, Director,School of Women Studies, Jadavpur University" Kulikahini and Other Stories: Gender and Nationalism in Assam Labour Recruitment, 1880-1910", 27 July

Arani Sanyal, Intern, CRG," 'Justice' Loosened? The 'Katatel' Controversy in Kolkata", 15 June
Anwesha Sengupta, Research and Programme Assistant, CRG,“ Of Men and Things: Exploring the Administrative Consequences of Partition”, 9 May
Anindita Ghoshal, Rishi Bankim Chandra College, Naihati ,"Changing Mentality of the Bengalee Refugees: The Story of Tripura (1946-1971)", 9 May

Seppälä Tiina, Post-doctoral Researcher, Department of International Relations, Faculty of Social Studies, University of Lapland, Finland (Currently Visiting Fellow, CRG),"Movements against Neoliberal Development in India: The Case of Rajarhat New Town Project in Kolkata”, 15 March

Leonie Ansems de Vries, Assistant Professor of International Relations, University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus, Malaysia," On the (Im)mobility of Political Life", 15 March

Ivan Ivekovic, Professor of American University of Cairo, " Egypt's Uncertain Transition", 18 January
Sita Venkateswar, Director, International College of Humanities and Social Sciences and Senior Lecturer in the Social Anthropology Programme at Massey University, on her Book" The Politics of Indigeneity Dialogues and Reflections on Indigenous Activis", 7 January



Mithilesh Kumar, Research Associate, Calcutta Research Group," Chronicle of a Man-made Disaster Foretold: Bihar Floods 2011", 28 November

Sibaji Pratim Basu, Assistant Professor of Habra Sri Chaitanya College and Member of Calcutta Research Group," Chronicle of a Forgotten Food Movement: 1959 Revisited ", 28 November

Peter Burgess, Professor of Peace Research Initiative Oslo (PRIO)," The Ethical Subject of Security ", 22 September

Mithilesh Kumar, Research Associate, Calcutta Research Group," Logistics of Labour Migration: A Case Study of Bihar", 24 August

Agnibho Gangopadhyay
, Research Assistant, Calcutta Research Group, " Agenda for Contemporary Histories: Cases and Texts",24 August

Anisha Dutta, Department of Sociology, Brandon University, Canada, " Social Eugenics and Macro-Motherhood in the Name of a ‘Sustha’  Nation-State", 22 July

Ranabir Samaddar
, Calcutta Research Group, " Rajarhat beyond Kolkata - An Urban Dystopia ", 11 July

Suhit K. Sen , Calcutta Research Group, "Bizarre Urbanity : The Unmaking of Rajarhat", 11 July
Ishita Dey, Delhi University and Calcutta Research Group " New Labour in New Town", 11 July.

Janam Mukherjee, University of Michigan" Hungry Bengal : War, Famine and the End of Empire 1939-1946 ", 22 June.

Suhit Sen, Senior Researcher, Calcutta Research Group" Indira Gandhi and Subversion of Indian Democracy? ", 18 May.

Brett Neilson, Associate Professor, Principle Research Fellow and formar Director, Centre for Cultural Research, University of Western Sydney" Logistics and the Sovereign Machine of Governance ", 9 May.

Ned Rossiter,
Professor of Communication, School of Communication Arts, University of Western Sydney and a member of UWS's Centre for Cultural Research " On Life, Labour and Logistics ", 9 May.

Mithilesh Kumar,
Research & Programme Associate, CRG" Prism of Partition : Historiography and Manipur ", 20 April.

Sabyasachi Bhattacharya,
Chairperson, Indian Council of Historical Research ,"The Mill Strikes in Bombay, 1928-29, and Munshi Premchand as Filmmaker ", 17 March.

Sekhar Bandyopadhyay,
Deputy Dean, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand ,"Decolonisation and Indian Experience ", 5 January.

Paul Joseph,
Professor, Department of Sociology, Tufts University, USA ,"Antiwar Opposition in the Vietnam Era and Now ", 2 February.






Azmiya Badurdeen, Consultant, Independent Evaluator / Trainer for conflict transformation and peace building projects in Sri Lanka, Participant of Eighth Annual Winter Course in Forced Migration & our short term visiting fellow ,"The Conditions of Return: The Case of Sri Lanka in the Post Conflict Context", 30 December.

Suhit K. Sen, Centre for Studies in Social Sciences ,"Party and Government : Sources of Legitimacy", 10 November.

Nasreen Chowdhory,
Assistant Professor in Asian University for Women, Chittagong, Bangladesh ,
"Contesting Statelessness: Comparative Perspective of Tibetans and Rohingyas in India and Bangladesh", 13 August. To Listen

Ranabir Samaddar, Director of CRG ,"Michel Foucault and our Post Colonial Time", 4 May. To Listen

Sanjay Palshikar, Department of Political Science, University of Hyderabad and Current Fellow, Indian Institute of Advance Study,"The Devas and the Asuras: Interpretative Adventures of Indian Nationalism", 5 February.

Antoine Garapon, Secretary General of the Institut des Hautes Etudes sur la Justice, Paris, "Two Films on Legal Culture: Vérité & To Kill a Mockingbird", 18 January.

B. M. Zachariah,
Reader in South Asian History, University of Sheffield, "Development, Government, and Nehru Era", 4 January. 




François Crépeau, Professor of Public International Law, Faculty of Law, McGill University," Protecting Migrants’ Rights as a Test for Democracies”, 15 December

Oren Yiftachel, Ben Gurion University," Reproduction of Partitions, Urban Restructuring, and Displacement of Population Groups”, 14 December

Bertil Lintner, Eminent Journalist,“Burma's Foreign Policy: Issues of Regional Security and Refugees”, 9 December.

Andrew Solomon, Deputy Director and Fellow, Brookings-Bern Project on Internal Displacement, Brookings Institution, “Justice, Accountability, and the Protection of Internally Displaced Persons”,1 December.

Bodil Folke Frederiksen, Associate Professor, International Development Studies, Roskilde University, "Denmark on Researching the Life and Works of an African Public Intellectual: Which Contexts Matter? ", 25 November.

Sutirtha Bedajna, Research & Programme Associate, CRG" The Background of National Environment Policy of India-Exploring Influences ", 14 November.

Suha Priyadarshini Chakravorty, Research & Programme Associate, CRG" Voices from Jadugoda: Understanding the Changing Dynamics of Managing Common Property in the Wake of Uranium Mining and Associated Risks in a Globalising Economy", 14 November.

Ishita Dey, Research & Programme Associate, CRG" Negotiating Rights: Case Study of the Falta Special Economic Zone ", 14 November.

David Ludden, Professor of Department of History, New York University" Spatial Reorganization of North Eastern Parts of British India,1905 to Present ", 12 September.

Anne-Marie Autissier, Sociologist and teacher at Paris 8 University Institute of European Studies, in Sociology of Culture and Cultural European Policies "The World as a Regional Cosmogony in The Cultural Field", 18 February.

Alina Pathan, Visiting Scholar from Helsinki University, Finland "Impact of Climate Change on Migration in India", 12 January.



















Mireille Fanon France, Eminent Human Right Activist, Paris " Racism, Immigration and Xenophobia in the World today ", 15 December.

Ranabir Samaddar, Director, CRG " Governing Unruly Population Flows ", 1 December.

Samir Kumar Das,
Senior Researcher , CRG and Professor of Political Science, Calcutta University "Trends in Researches on the Issues of Minorities in India ", 11 November.

Ishita Dey,
Research Associate, CRG " On the Margins of Citizenship: Cooper's Camp in Nadia", 11 November.

Geetisha Dasgupta
, Research Associate, CRG "The Right to Food: Popular Interface with the Rights Institution", 11 November.

Ratna Kapur,
Director, Centre for Feminist Legal Research, New Delhi "Citizen and Migrant: The Politics of Justice and (Non) Belongingness ", 30 September.

Sanjay Chathurvedi
, Centre for the Study of Geopolitics, Department of Political Science, Punjab University, "Climate Change, Globalisation and Environmental Justice ", 22 August.

Ranabir Samaddar
, Director of CRG, "Sociological Imagination: Situating Charles Tilly ", 18 August.

Eva Pföstl ,
Director, Istituto di Studi Politici S. Pio V, Department of Law and Economics," Tolerance Established by Law: The Autonomy of South Tyrol in Italy", 14 August.

Vinay Lal
, Professor of California, Los Angeles, "Dialogues on Justice ", 14 July.

Jean Louis Halperin
, Professor of Law, Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris, "The Impact of Globalization on French Law: An Example of Relations between Democracy and Internationalization", 28 April.

Carolyn Stephens
, Epidemiologist and Senior Lecturer of London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine,
"Globalisation Inequality and Urban Health ", 18 January.



Jan Breman, Professor of Amsterdam School for Social Science Research ," Coolie Migration in the Colonial Era ", 13 December.

Heikki Patomaki
,  Professor of World Politics, University of Helsinki," Beyond Inside/Outside? Four Political Economy Scenarios of the Future of European Union", 30 November.

Etienne Balibar
, Emeritus Professor of Moral and Political Philosophy, Paris X Naterre and Distinguished Professor of Humanities, University of California, Irvine," Justice and Equality-A Political Dilemma?", 21 September.

Margaret Levi,
Jere L. Bacharach Professor of International Studies, Director, CHAOS (Comparative Historical Analysis of Organizations and States," Provoking Preferences by Changing Beliefs", 25 July.

Chathuri Himeshani Jayasooriya
, Programme Officer-Advocacy, Consortium of Humanitarian Agencies, Colombo, Sri Lank, " The Right to Return-Return of IDPs in Batticaloa, Sri Lanka", 11 July.

Robert Kaplan
, Professor of Political Science ,Naval Academy, Annapolis, U.S.A, " Environmental Security", 21 June.

Ksenia Glebova
, Honorary Research Associate ,Calcutta Research Group, " Bangladeshi Immigration to Assam in India Print Media Discourse", 20 April.

anam Roohi, Research Associate, Calcutta Research Group," Gender Justice and Muslim Women of Calcutta", 20 April.

Rajeev Bhargava
, Professor of Centre for the Study of Developing Societies," How should we Respond to the Cultural Injustices of Colonialism", 13 March.

Sabyasachi Basu Ray Chaudhury
, Professor of Political Science, Rabindra Bharati University," The Scope of Transitional Justice in India", 13 March.

Sonia Dayan Herzbrun
, Professor of Sociology, University of Paris VII," Permanent Exile of the Palestinians", 26 February.

Paula Banerjee,
Senior Researcher, Calcutta Research Group, Department of South-East Asian Studies, Calcutta University," Refugee Women and the Nation State: A Response to Hannah Arendt", 21 February.



Hameeda Hossain, Director, Ain O Shalish Kendra, Dhaka," Forced Migration and Trafficking of Labour-Migrant Women Workers of Bangladesh", 15 December.

Hans-Joachim Heintze
, Senior Researcher, Ruhr-University Bochum," International Legal Regime for Refugee Protection", 13 December.

Flavia Agnes,
Women's Rights Lawyer, Majlis, Mumbai ," The Bar Dancer and the Trafficked Migrant Globalization and Subaltern Existance", 1 December.

Delegation of Burmese Women on their experiences and issues relating to Forced Migration and Legal Protection , 11 Sep.

Ram Niwas Mirdha,
President Indian Society of International Law, On International Humanitarian Law on the occasion of the Hindi release of the UN Guiding Principles for the Internally Displaced Persons, 21 August.

Jeevan Thiagarajah,
Executive Director, Consortium of Humanitarian Agencies, Colombo, "War and Continuing Displacements in Sri Lanka", 21 August.

Sanjay Chaturvedi
Coordinator, Centre for the Study of Geopolitics and Department of Political Science, Punjab University, Chandigarh, " Environmental Justice", 18 July.

Jyrki Kakonen
Professor, Tampere University, Finland, visited the office of the Calcutta Research Group and discussed possibilities of cooperation between the University of Tampere and the CRG ; he also addressed gatherings in Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies and Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies, University of Calcutta, respectively on the themes of “Environmental Issues in European Politics” and “Role of European Union in Asia”.14 June.

Ranabir Samaddar,
Director, Calcutta Research Group, "The Final Immunity of Law", 02 May.

Shreyashi Chaudhuri,
Research Scholar, Department of South and South East Asian Studies and Programme Associate, Calcutta Research Group, "Trafficking of women in India, Nepal & Bangladesh, 05 April.

France Bhattacharya,
Emeritus professor of University of Paris, and Director, South Asia Programme, Maison Des Sciences De L'Home, Paris,"Popularizing Bengali Literature in Foreign Land, 22 February.



David Newman, Professor, Department of Politics and Government, Ben Gurion University, Beer Sheva, Israel, "Open Borders - Closed Borders: The Impact of 9/11 on the Migration Process", 15 December.

Ben Rogaly,
Senior Lecturer in Human Geography and a member of the Sussex Centre for Migration Research and the Development Research Centre on Migration, Globalisation and Poverty, University of Sussex, Sussex, UK, "Labour Migration, Forced Migration, and the Need for Protection", 13 December.

Michael Cernea,
Research Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs, George Washington University and Senior Adviser, GEF / World Bank, USA, "Development - Caused Internal Displacement & Norms of Resettlement", 12 December.

Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu
, Executive Director, Centre for Policy Alternatives, Sri Lanka, "Conflict Sensitivity and Subsidiarity: Transforming the Causes and Consequences of Internal Displacement and Forced Migration", 1 December.

Bruno Clement
, Director of the International College of Philosophy, Paris, France, "Jean Paul Sartre", 5 November.

Claude Markovits
, Directeur de Recherche at CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique), Paris, France, "The Great Calcutta Killing Re-visited: A Political Massacre", 31 August.

Robert Goldman
Professor, Co-director of the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at the Washington College of Law, American University, USA, "Forced Displacement UN Guiding Principles, and The International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law", 16 August

Visit by Erine Mooney, Deputy Director of the Brookings Institution - University of Bern Project on Internal Displacement, Brookings Institution, USA, discussion on Internal Displacement, 18 March

Visit by Sergei A. Baranov, Russian Academy of Sciences, discussion on movements for autonomy in India and Russia, 9 February.



Cynthia Cockburn, Eminent Feminist Thinker, Visiting Professor, Department of Sociology School of Social and Human Sciences, City University London, UK, "Feminism as a Resource in Opposing Xenophobia and Separatism", 15 December.

Shree Muley,
Director, McGill Centre for Research & Teaching on Women, McGill University, Montreal, Canada, "Women, Immigration, and Racism in the First World",
15 December.

Carol Batchelor,
Deputy Chief of Mission, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees,, New Delhi, India, "Statelessness ",
14 December.

Roberta Cohen,
Director of the Brookings Institution - University of Bern Project on Internal Displacement, Brookings Institution, USA, "Internal Displacement and Women's Experiences in Africa", 13 December.

Willem Van Schendel,
Professor, Department of History, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands, "Borderlands, Identities & Migrants in South Asia",  9 December.

Oren Yiftachel,
Professor, Department of Geography and Political Sciences, Ben Gurion University, Beer Sheva, Israel, "Two Children of Ethnocracy: Partition and Displacement ", 1 December.

Madhuresh Kumar,
Programme Associate, Mahanirban Calcutta Research Group, Kolkata, India, "Globalization and Socio-Economic Rights of Marginalised Communities", 24 October.

Samir Kumar Das,
Secretary, Mahanirban Calcutta Research Group and Reader, Department of Political Science, University of Calcutta, Kolkata, India, "Peace Accords as the Basis of Autonomy in India", 14 October.

Nilanjan Dutta,
Civil rights activist, Kolkata, India, “Reading News of Natural Disasters”, 14 October.

Kalyan Rudra,
Well-known Geographer and Environmentalist, Department of Geography, Habra S.C. Mahavidyalaya (College), West Bengal, India "River Bank Erosion in Bengal - An Account of Environment and Politics", 23 September.

Pradip Panjoubham,
Editor, Imphal Free Press, Manipur, India, “Media and Recent Unrest in Manipur”, 23 September.

Ranabir Samaddar,
Director, Mahanirban Calcutta Research Group, Kolkata, India, "Terror and the Materiality of the Colonial World", 7 July.

Nilanjan Dutta,
Civil rights activist, Kolkata, India "Civil Liberties and Extra-Ordinary Legislations in India", 26 May.

Lucinda Peach,
Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy and Religion, American University, USA, "Feminist Philosophy", 12 April.



Benedict Anderson, Professor, Department of International Studies, Cornell University, Ithaka, USA, "Domestic Bomb, Domestic Emancipation: Migration within the Nation-State", 15 December.

Jeevan Thiagarajah
, Executive Director, Consortium of Humanitarian Agencies, Colombo, Sri Lanka, "War and Displacement in Sri Lanka and Quality of Protection", 13 December.

Roberta Cohen,
Director of the Brookings - SAIS Project on Internal Displacement, Brookings Institution, USA, "Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement and Issues of National and International Responsibility", 5 December.

Elizabeth Jelin ,
Professor, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, "Giving Meaning to Past Violence", 3 December.

Lev Grinberg,
Professor, Ben Gurion University, Beer Sheva, Israel, "The Palestinian Refugee Question and the Right to Return", 1 December.