Inaugural lecture and conference of the Ameena Gafoor Institute for the study of indentureship and its legacies

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Call for Papers
January 18, 2021
United Kingdom
Subject Fields: 
Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies, Immigration & Migration History / Studies, Labor History / Studies, Latin American and Caribbean History / Studies, Southeast Asian History / Studies

Call for Papers

The Inaugural Lecture of the Ameena Gafoor Centre for the Study of Indentureship and its



Keynote speaker: Dr Nalini Mohabir, Concordia University

Special guest speaker: Dr Margaret Mishra, University of the South Pacific


Conveners: Prof. David Dabydeen (Director of the Ameena Gafoor Institute) & Dr Maria del Pilar Kaladeen (Institute of Commonwealth Studies)


Proposals for papers of 20 mins in length are requested for an online academic conference,

that will take place to launch the Ameena Gafoor Institute for the Study of Indentureship and its

Legacies on May 5th & May 14th 2021. This is an interdisciplinary forum and we invite proposals

on any aspect of the study of indentureship. In honour of the 50th year of Fijian Independence, celebrated in 2020,

and to acknowledge the date of arrival of the first Indian indentured labourers to the country,

our programme on May 14th will centre work by and about descendants of indentured

labourers from Fiji. We therefore particularly encourage proposals from scholars and artists

working on this topic. We are delighted to announce that we will be hosting contributions by

the Commonwealth Writers and dynamic public events team Nutkhut, whose project ‘Girmit’

explores the migration histories of the UK’s Indian-Fijian community.

Please send a short biography and a proposal of no more than 300 words to on or before January 18th 2021. Selected participants will be

notified on February 15th 2021

Contact Info: 

Dr Maria del Pilar Kaladeen  (conference co-convener)