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Call for papers for – Workshop in South Asia in the 21st Century: South Asian Migration and Diaspora

Posted in Conferences by Pippa on March 13, 2009

At the summer session of the Nordic Summer University, in Tyrifjord, Norway
19 – 26 July 2009
Coordinators: Peter B. Andersen, Knut A. Jacobsen, Igor Kotin, Marianne Qvortrup Fibiger

History of the South Asian diasporas
Migration patterns
The interaction between diasporas and “home” communities
Identities in the diaspora
The question of scale
Community organizations
Generational transfer in the diaspora

The migration of Indians overseas is an old phenomenon, but the last fifty years it has become a widespread global event of great importance. The huge demographic potential of South Asia with its around 1.6 billon inhabitants alone makes their diasporas one of the most important in the world. Migration has many causes, pull and push factors, but the opportunity for employment, better salaries, education, professional careers, security and equality are some pull factors.

Under the overall general themes the workshop specially invites papers covering:

the historical dept and geographical dissemination of South Asian migration
the reflections on migration and migratory societies in literature and other arts
descriptions of migratory societies in the Nordic Countries and elsewhere in order to unite scholars and practitioners

The official registration will be announced by the NSU in the beginning of April 2009, but please contact us in advance and send us a preliminary title and abstract (200-250 characters) of your paper at March 30, 2009. (Include your title, affiliation, phone, mail, and full address)

Peter B. Andersen coordinates registration in collaboration with Katrine.Herold@nias.ku.dk, Project Coordinator, NIAS, Leifsgade 33, 3., 2300 Copenhagen S, +45-35 32 95 04 so please send your registration to both of us simultaneously.

Peter B. Andersen, Ass.Prof., University of Copenhagen, peterba@hum.ku.dk , +45-35 32 91 90/+45-35 42 81 53

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