Workshop on ‘Labour Migration and Social Change in South Asia’

Workshop on ‘Labour Migration and Social Change in South Asia’
Monday, 27 March 2017 to Tuesday, 28 March 2017
Add to Calendar 2017-03-27 09:30:00 2017-03-28 13:00:00 Asia/Kolkata Workshop on ‘Labour Migration and Social Change in South Asia’ Though the movement of people in pursuit of work is not new, labour migration appears to be a growing phenomenon in the South Asian region. Empirical studies and papers analysing government data have shown that migration is not a simple movement from village to city in this region, but involves multiple streams and patterns including short-term, iterative, permanent and return migration across short and long distances. This workshop explores aspects that link human mobility and social transformation in sending and receiving communities, especially in the context of labour migration. Organised by the Centre for Policy Research (CPR) and the French Centre for Social Sciences and Humanities (CSH) as well as supported by the Tata Trusts’ SHRAMIC initiative, this workshop has been conceived as a platform for young researchers, scholars and practitioners to share their work and receive feedback from experienced and knowledgeable experts. The 15-odd papers being presented have been selected from over 70 entries in response to a call for papers in December 2016 and represent the work of young researchers across the South Asia region.  Monday, 27th March 9.30 Welcoming words by Mukta Naik and Tristan Bruslé   9.45 - 11.25 Session 1: Migration experiences and changing subjectivities Camille Buat (Sciences Po (Paris, France) and the University of Götingen) Migration, stigmatised work and traditional occupation: the reconstitution of caste identities in the trajectories of Bhojpuri-speaking migrants in Eastern India throughout the 20th century Bincy Mathew (Ambedkar University Delhi) Negotiating caste in a lower middle class space in the city Swati Mohana Krishnan & Vidit Verma (Ambedkar University Delhi) “Yeh toh ab Dilli ke hi ho gaye hain”: An insight into the negotiations and restructured identities of older migrants in the city Babasaheb Kamabale (University of Mumbai) Migration and the making of neighbourhood in Mumbai city Soumya Mishra (University of Oxford) The status of migrant workers in the industrial landscape of Delhi NCR: How they express themselves and negotiate with the urban ... Conference Hall, Centre for Policy Research
9:30 am to 1:00 pm
Conference Hall, Centre for Policy Research

Though the movement of people in pursuit of work is not new, labour migration appears to be a growing phenomenon in the South Asian region. Empirical studies and papers analysing government data have shown that migration is not a simple movement from village to city in this region, but involves multiple streams and patterns including short-term, iterative, permanent and return migration across short and long distances. This workshop explores aspects that link human mobility and social transformation in sending and receiving communities, especially in the context of labour migration.

Organised by the Centre for Policy Research (CPR) and the French Centre for Social Sciences and Humanities (CSH) as well as supported by the Tata Trusts’ SHRAMIC initiative, this workshop has been conceived as a platform for young researchers, scholars and practitioners to share their work and receive feedback from experienced and knowledgeable experts. The 15-odd papers being presented have been selected from over 70 entries in response to a call for papers in December 2016 and represent the work of young researchers across the South Asia region. 

Monday, 27th March

9.30 Welcoming words by Mukta Naik and Tristan Bruslé
 
9.45 - 11.25 Session 1: Migration experiences and changing subjectivities
  • Camille Buat (Sciences Po (Paris, France) and the University of Götingen)

Migration, stigmatised work and traditional occupation: the reconstitution of caste identities in the trajectories of Bhojpuri-speaking migrants in Eastern India throughout the 20th century

  • Bincy Mathew (Ambedkar University Delhi)

Negotiating caste in a lower middle class space in the city

  • Swati Mohana Krishnan & Vidit Verma (Ambedkar University Delhi)

“Yeh toh ab Dilli ke hi ho gaye hain”: An insight into the negotiations and restructured identities of older migrants in the city

  • Babasaheb Kamabale (University of Mumbai)

Migration and the making of neighbourhood in Mumbai city

  • Soumya Mishra (University of Oxford)

The status of migrant workers in the industrial landscape of Delhi NCR: How they express themselves and negotiate with the urban

 11.25 - 11.40 Tea break
 
11.40 - 13.15 Session 1 Discussion
  • Meera Sethi (Former Special Envoy to India, International Organization for Migration)
  • Mahalaya Chatterjee (Centre for Urban Economic Studies, University of Calcutta) 
     
13.15 - 14.15 Lunch break
 
14.15 - 16.25 Session 2: Migration processes and changing places
  • Kalyani Vartak (TISS, Mumbai)

Culture of Migration : Exploring the case of Ratnagiri district, Maharashtra

  • Rukmini Thapa (JNU, Centre for the Study of Regional Development) and Deepak Kumar Mishra (JNU, Centre for the Study of Regional Development School of Social Sciences)

Seasonal labour migration in West Bengal: Insights from the field

  • Priyanka Jain (Centre for Migration and Labour Solutions, Aajeevika Bureau)

Social reproduction and seasonal male migration: reimagining ‘left-behind’ women from adivasi, migrant households of southern Rajasthan

  • Floriane Bolazzi (Università degli Studi di Milano, Université Paris Diderot, CSH New Delhi)

Spatial mobility and casualization of work in Palanpur

  • Giovanna Gioli, Amina Maharjan, Anjal Prakash, Chanda Gurung Goodrich (International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development – ICIMOD, Kathmandu, Nepal),  Manju Gurung  (Pourakhi Nepal, Kathmandu, Nepal)

Neither heroes nor victims: Women migrant workers and changing family and community relations in Nepal

16.25 - 16.40 Tea break
 
16.40 - 17.30 Session 2 Discussion
  • Himanshu (JNU, Centre for Economic Studies and Planning School of Social Sciences)
  • Arvind Pandey (National Institute of Urban Affairs)

 

Tuesday 28th March

9.30 - 11.10  Session 3: Migration in the city: integration and resistance
  • Aparna Agarwal (JNU, Centre for Political Studies)

Politics of urban poor: An interface between class, labour and informality

  • Nitin Bathla (Urban Planner and Designer, Community Architect, and Researcher)

Is circular urbanization tangible? Exploring methods to understand circular migration as an urbanizing agency in Delhi’s extended urban region

  • Anusha Ganapathi (Madras School of Economics) & Vasudha Ramakrishna Madras School of Economics)

Migration and social change: A study on cultural integration in Chennai’s industrial estate

  • Chloé Leclère (Ecole National Supérieure, Lyon, France and CSH)

Spatial mobility and weak integration of rural migrants in India

  • Kushanava Choudhury (Independent researcher and Books Editor, Caravan Magazine)

The Bengalis of Ernakulam: Labour migration and capitalist transformation in a “model” state

11.10 - 11.25  Tea break​
 
11.25 - 13.00 Session 3 Discussion​
  • Aurélie Varrel (The National Center for Scientific Research, Institut Français de Pondichéry)
  • Amrita Datta (Institute for Human Development) 
     
13.00 Lunch
 
15:45 Aurélie Varrel will speak at 3:45pm in the Conference Hall as part of the CPR-CSH Urban Workshop Series. You are all welcome to join!