The meanings of home and human (in)securities in disater-displacement: The case of Assam, India

A Research in Progress seminar with Mausumi Chetia
PhD student
Thursday 28 Sep 2023, 13:00 - 14:00
Spoken Language
Room 3.39
International Institute of Social Studies
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Flood damage - Assam India

In this Research in Progress Seminar, Mausumi Chetia examines the political and psychological (in)securities of communities affected by riverbank erosion and flooding.

Communities living close to Brahmaputra River in Assam (India) have been affected by recurring riverbank erosion and floods for many generations.

In this seminar, Chetia presentes her study of two such communities that self-rehabilitated between 2000-2006/7 in Dibrugarh and Kamrup (metro) districts. Her research examines lived political and psychosocial (in)securities of the research participants through their experiences of home, following three decades of displacement(s) and self-rehabilitation.

Her investigation is embedded, on the one hand, at the intersections of disaster governance and contemporary discursive politics in India; and on the other hand, in a historical-structural approach to disasters and displacements in Assam and the socio-political context of the region within Northeast India.

She will present an overview of her findings based on ethnographic fieldwork that she carried for a period of 14 months in multiple phases.

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The Research in Progress seminars provide an informal venue for presentations of ongoing research by ISS researchers and scholars from the wider development studies community.

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