A Global Conference on Diaspora Studies and Policies

Start date
Thursday, 5 October 2017, 8:30
End date
Saturday, 7 October 2017, 18:00
International Institute of Social Studies

Challenging Perspectives on the Indian Diaspora

The Foundation of the Lalla Rookh Academic Chair (Stichting Diaspora Leerstoel in Lalla Rookh), in conjunction with VU University of Amsterdam, The International Institute of Social Studies of the Erasmus University Rotterdam in The Hague and the Municipality of The Hague, are organizing a Global Conference on Indian Diaspora Studies.

Day and Date: Thursday, 5 October to Saturday, 7 October 2017.

Venue: International Institue of Social Studies (ISS), Kortenaerkade 12, 2518 AX The Hague, The Netherlands.

Registration and programme

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Daily programme and updates

Conference theme

The theme of this conference is 'Challenging Perspectives on the Indian Diaspora'.

The word 'challenging' carries two meanings. First, challenging perspectives as in creating new, interesting, and intriguing perspectives. Second, challenging also refers to engagement with prevailing perspectives.

While wider diaspora studies informs the discussions of the conference, the focus is on the Indian Diaspora. The conference will pay attention to exploring topics from new disciplinary areas, such as anthropology, economics, law, politics, sociology, geography, art and media, and history.

Preliminary panels

  • Art and Media
  • Business in Diaspora
  • Diaspora Identity
  • Economics of Indian Diaspora
  • Ethnic Identity
  • Gender Issues
  • Historical Perspectives
  • Identure Studies
  • National Identity
  • Politics and Leadership
  • Social Issues                                                                                                                                   

We will be inviting scholars and researchers from all over the world and expect to have participants and presentations confirmed from Fiji, Mauritius, the Caribbean, India, the Netherlands, the USA, UK, and Australia. 

The following distinguished researchers and academics will be keynote speakers at the conference:

  1. Professor Ruben Gowricharn, VU University Amsterdam, Indian Diaspora Studies
  2. Professor Narayana Jayaram, former Dean Tata Institute for Social Sciences, Mumbai
  3. Professor Brij Lal, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia
  4. Professor Shakuntala Rao, State University New York, Faculty of Communication
  5. Professor Vineeta Sinha, National University Singapore, Head of Department of Sociology,
  6. Professor Peter van de Veer, Director of the Max Plack Institute, Göttingen Germany

The Conference Organizing Committee and Advisory Board

  • Ruben Gowricharn - VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Badri Narayan - University of Allahabad, Allahabad India
  • Richard Allan - Framingham State University, Framingham MA, USA
  • Peter van Bergeijk - Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, The Netherlands
  • Frank Bovenkerk - University of Utrecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • Chandersen Choenni - VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Maurits Hassankhan - University of Suriname, Paramaribo, Suriname
  • N. Jayaram - Former Dean Tata Institute of Social Sciences Mumbai, Bengaluru, India
  • Rachel Kurian - Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, The Netherlands
  • Brij Lal - Australian National University, Canberra, Australia
  • Pál Nyíri - VU University Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Rinus Penninx - University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Brinsley Samaroo - University of the West Indies, Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago
  • Vinod Subramaniam - Rector VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Publication date: 18 August 2017