The conference runs for three days. Each day covers a central theme and will be opened with a lecture. The three themes are: The Indenture Heritage, Perspectives on Indian Diaspora, Economics of Indian Diaspora.
1. The Indenture Heritage is a legacy that has been accumulated over the past decades. Although a historical focus will be less prominent at this conference, the research on the indenture experience has been valuable. The first day of the conference is devoted to an evaluation and interpretation of the scholarly heritage and its significance for the present. Speaker: professor Brij Lal.
2. New Perspectives on the Indian Diaspora. The Indian diaspora is hybrid and is primarily conceptualized with India as the homeland. The second day is intended to explore alternative perspectives on the Indian diaspora. This is attempted by theorizing new perspectives on the concept of diaspora and discussing topics from a wide array of disciplines that illuminate specificities on the Indian diaspora. Because of its exploratory nature, this field is loosely defined. We are looking for disparate topics from the social sciences, law, art and media, history, politics, gender studies that sensitize to new configurations or reflect new perspectives in the Indian diaspora. Speaker to be announced.
3. The Economics of Indian Diaspora. Economics is a highly under-researched topic in diaspora thinking and warrants its selection as a separate topic. It does not exclude conventional issues like private remittances, investments in the homeland and diaspora bonds. But the economic issue is broader since it comprises culture, spatial locations, and politics, as elucidated by regional development, tourism, the development of the consumer public, the export of Indian goods to diaspora countries, and the economic and political relations with Indian diaspora countries. This day is intended to explore this theme. We are looking for a cross-fertilization between economics, the conventional social sciences, law, art and media, history, politics, gender studies. Speaker to be announced.
Each topic is subdivided into panels.