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  • 08.30
    REGISTRATION, COFFEE and TEA / Central Hall
  • 09.30
    OPENING OF THE CONFERENCEAULA
  • 11.30
    KEYNOTE LECTURE – The inheritance of indenture and vice versaProf. Brij Lal, Australian National University / AULA
  • 12.30
    LUNCH / Atrium
  • 14.00
    PANEL 1: Indenture StudiesChair: Susan Legene / Room 3.14, 3rd Floor
  • 14.00
    PANEL 2: Historical PerspectivesChair: Vineeta Sinha / Room 4.14, 4th Floor
  • 14.00
    PANEL 3: Social IssuesChair: Marinus Penninx / Room 3.26, 3rd Floor
  • 16.45
    KEYNOTE LECTURE – Theorising the Indian diaspora: beyond persistence and changeprof. Narayan Jayaram, National Law School of India University, Bengaluru / Atrium
  • 08.30
    RECEPTION: COFFEE and TEA
  • 09.30
    KEYNOTE LECTURE – Moving Beyond a Diasporic Lens: Narrating Mobilitiesprof. Vineeta Sinha, National University of Signapore / AULA
  • 10.45
    PANEL 4a: National IdentityChair: Brij Maharaj / Room 3.14, 3rd Floor
  • 10.45
    PANEL 5: Ethnic IdentityChair: Brij Lal / Room 4.14, 4th Floor
  • 10.45
    PANEL 6a: Economics of Indian DiasporaChair: Susan Legêne / Room 4.26, 4th Floor
  • 12.30
    LUNCH / Atrium
  • 14.00
    PANEL 4b: National IdentityChair: Nalini Moodley / 3.14, 3rd Floor
  • 14.00
    PANEL 4c: National IdentityChair: N. Jayaram / 4.26, 4th Floor
  • 14.00
    PANEL 7: Politics and LeaderschipChair: Mohammad Kalam / Room 4.14, 4th Floor
  • 16.45
    KEYNOTE LECTURE – The Face of India’s mediated global modernityProf. Shakuntala Rao, State University of New York /
  • 08.30
    RECEPTION: COFFEE and TEA
  • 09.30
    KEYNOTE LECTURE – Economic aspects of the Indian diasporaprof. Ruben Gowricharn, VU University Amsterdam / Aula
  • 10.45
    PANEL 8: Art en Media
  • 12.30
    LUNCH / Atrium
  • 14.00
    PANEL 9: Diaspora Identity
  • 14.00
    PANEL 11: Gender Issues
  • 16.45
    KEYNOTE LECTURE – Comparing the Indian and Chinese diasporaProf. Peter van der Veer, director Max Planck Institute, Göttingen / AULA

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.