The purpose of this conference is to bring together works from diverse fields and discipline that will re-examine the making and unmaking of cultural practices that accompanies labour migration both historically as well as in contemporary times. How does labour migration mutate the established genres? How does it create new ones? What is the role of memory and acts of forgetting? What are the processes through which the culture industry commodify the cultural practices of migrant labour and sell it back to them and in the process not only accumulate surplus value through their labour but also through their hitherto non-commoditized cultural artefacts? Is it possible to revisit and reconceptualise such concepts like hybridity, multiculturalism, exile, and so on by keeping at the centre of our analysis workers in plantation, or mining, or shipping, or as is the case in contemporary times, in the globalized construction industry? Are these workers creating new methods of articulation of cultural practices which literary studies, cultural studies, and social sciences in general need to unearth? These are only some of the questions that we want to address in the seminar.
The papers in the seminar would be on following subjects which are only indicative and can go beyond these stated themes:
Literary genres in migration
Cultures of resistance, association, and intersectionality
Memory, loss, identity
Language and its development through labour migration
Genealogy of cultures created through labour migration
Gender and sexuality
From folklore to mass production of culture
Representation of labour and migration
Transitions and Translations of Culture
Migrant Labour and Urban Culture
Migration and Indigenous Culture
The last date for submitting the abstract is January 10, 2018.
Authors whose papers are selected will be informed by January 15, 2018.
Full paper should be submitted latest by April 1, 2018.
Papers can be presented in English, Hindi, or Urdu.
Poster exhibition and documentaries are welcome. A copy of the art work will be housed and catalogued in the repository of the Migration Archive of the Centre.
Organised by: Centre for Development Practice and Research, TISS Patna.
Conference Coordinator: Mithilesh Kumar, Research Fellow, TISS Patna Centre; Shanker Dutt, Professor, Department of English, Patna University; and Pushpendra Kumar Singh, Professor, TISS Patna Centre.
Date: April 20-21, 2018
Venue: TISS Patna Centre