Re-engaging ancestral India in the Diaspora: Manipal University Jaipur Indentureship Conference
With the rise of globalization and ICT, dispersed people of Indian origin are re-connected to their home/land and rise of the concept of diaspora and diaspora studies, and have re-taken up for study and research the neglected diverse heritage of colonial and postcolonial India, Indian history, literature, and identities in transnational space. Thus, the conference hosted by Manipal University Jaipur (MUJ), on April 27-29, 2022, was an attempt to bring the narratives of girmitiya in the mainstream scholarly debates and discussions of migration and diaspora from South Asia in general, and India in particular. The MUJ Conference also critically analysed various literary forms of girmitiya.
Although they have migrated centuries back, absorbed and assimilated and got citizenships of respective places of destinations, they still long for roots, culture, identities, “home” and the constant struggle of make or retain connections with their homeland depicted in their cultural practices, arts, music, songs, folklore and literary manifestations. The conference aimed to trace the history of girmitiya, their memories about home/land, in-betweenness, diaspora consciousness and lives, and experiences in new cultural surroundings. To initiate the discussion, the presenters asked thought-provoking questions such as: Who are the Girmityas? How were their traditions and cultures disrooted and travelled with them to colonies and preserved/ changed/ hybridized/ assimilated/ acculturated over some time? How did girmitya arts, music, songs, literature, and folklores – both oral and written – struggle to depict their longing, cultures, believes, traditions, identity, memories, nostalgia, pain, and hardships? How does the idea of home play significant role in shaping and reshaping their imaginations, identities, and psychology in diasporic space?
Please join us THIS SUNDAY for a joint MUJ, ICC & AGI ZOOM Public Meeting, May 15, 2022 at (1.00 p.m. Belize), (3.00 p.m. New York/Eastern time), (3.00 p.m. Trinidad/Atlantic time), (3.00 p.m. Guyana), (4.00 p.m. Suriname), (8.00 p.m. England), (9.00 p.m. South Africa), (Mon 12.10 a.m. India, ND), (Mon 7.00 a.m. Fiji).
Re-engaging ancestral India in the Diaspora:
Manipal University Jaipur (MUJ) Indentureship Conference
DR. NEHA SINGH – Convener of the Conference. Ph.D. in Diaspora Studies. Assistant Professor in the Dep’t of Languages, Literatures & Cultural Studies, Manipal University, Jaipur.
PROF. GHAN SHYAM – Professor in the Department of History at Banaras Hindu University (BHU). Former Fulbright Fellow at New York University studying Indian immigrants.
DR. KAMALA NAIKER – Senior Lecturer and Head of the Department of Language, Literature and Communication at the University of Fiji. Reviewer of writings on postcolonial literature.
DR. SATYENDRA PEERTHUM – Senior historian, Aapravasi Ghat World Heritage Site in Mauritius. Member of the International Scientific Committee for the Indentured Labour Route.
DR. AMBA PANDAY – Research Officer, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Research focus on Indian Diaspora and International migration.
PROF. AMIT KUMAR MISHRA – Professor of Global Studies, Ambedkar University, Delhi.
Ph.D. from Centre for Historical Studies, JNU, on Indian labour in Mauritius.
PROF. BRAHMA PRAKASH – Professor of Theatre and Performance Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University. Author of Cultural Labour. PhD from Royal Holloway, University of London.
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