CGIS South, S250
1730 Cambridge Street
Join visiting scholar Chinmay Tumbe and moderator Ian Talbot for a discussion about the great Indian Migration wave. In this seminar, Tumbe provides an overview of his book, India Moving: A History of Migration, which attempts to explain when, how and why people have moved to, from and within the subcontinent over centuries. It reveals one of the world’s largest, longest and on-going episodes of labour migration, referred to as the Great Indian Migration Wave, and its significance in modern Indian history. It provides a new perspective on the migration of business communities both within and outside India. It shows how 25 million people who trace their roots to India in the past three centuries, were dispersed across the world from Japan to Jamaica and why internal diasporas matter as much as international diasporas. It documents the mass migrations caused by multiple Partitions, refugee crises and other displacements in Indian history and their disproportionate impact on particular communities. And finally, it provides a perspective on migration and development, in history and in 21st century India.
Chinmay Tumbe is faculty member of the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad and the 2018 Alfred D. Chandler Jr International Visiting Scholar in Business History at Harvard Business School. He works on migration, cities, firms and history. He chairs the IIMA Archives initiative and coordinates the History Internship series at IIMA. An alumnus of the London School of Economics and Political Science and the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, he has been a faculty member at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Hyderabad and was the 2013 Jean Monnet Fellow at the Migration Policy Centre, European University Institute, Florence, Italy. He has published widely on migration for a decade and has served on policymaking groups.
Copies of Chinmay’s book will be available for purchase at the event for $10
In the final weeks before the massive 2017 Rohingya exodus from Myanmar, reports indicate that the vast majority of Rohingya settlements suffered violence, often extreme, at the hands of Myanmar security forces and civilians. As part of a large-scale and unique research effort to determine the scope, scale, and patterns of these attacks, Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) surveyed leaders from 604 Rohingya hamlets in Myanmar’s Rakhine state encompassing more than 916,000 people. The findings, coupled with in-depth interviews and forensic medical examinations of Rohingya survivors, point to a widespread and systematic pattern of targeted violence – including rapes and killings of women, men, and children – that drove more than 720,000 Rohingya into neighboring Bangladesh. Dr. Parveen Parmar and Dr. Jen Leigh will present the findings of these studies.
Join Jacqueline Bhabha and Elizabeth Donger for a discussion about prevention science in child protection, with a focus on India. This seminar, with support from the Harvard University Asia Center, will explore the early findings of a research project that examines community-level strategies to prevent violence, abuse, and exploitation of children in India. The project involves three separate evaluations of harm prevention programs run by innovative Indian nonprofits in Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Telangana. The study is intended as a corrective to the dominant focus on remedies targeting already-occurred violations of children’s fundamental rights. It will enable further research in this field and will guide policy development, shifting child protection inputs and outcomes from after harm is done to before harm occurs.
Jacqueline Bhabha is a professor of the practice of health and human rights at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Director of Research at the Harvard FXB Center for Health and Human Rights. Elizabeth Donger is a Research Associate at the Harvard FXB Center.
This event is co-sponsored by the FXB Center for Human Rights.
Asia Center Seminar Series
Professor Jinah Kim, Gardner Cowles Associate Professor of History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University
Chair: Parimal Patil, Professor of Religion and Indian Philosophy, Harvard University
Faiham Ebna Sharif, SAI Visiting Artist
Chair: Sugata Bose, Gardiner Professor of Oceanic History and Affairs, Harvard University
Comments by: Alison Nordström, Curator and Historian of Photography
SAI Visiting Artist Faiham Ebra Sharif is a is a freelance multimedia journalist and photographer. He will discuss his current project, Cha Chakra: Tea Tales of Bangladesh, which sheds light on the plight of the tea garden workers of Bangladesh who are among the lowest paid and most vulnerable laborers in the world yet are strangely invisible to the global media. This project aims to collect the undocumented history of the global tea industry through photography, oral histories, and archival materials
Speaker: Cynthia Stephen, Independent Researcher on gender, poverty, development and policy issues.
Light refreshments will be served.
Soz-A Ballad of Maladies
Tushar Madhav, Director: A Ballad of Maladies
Sarvnik Kaur, Writer: A Ballad of Maladies
Chair: Ashutosh Varshney, Sol Goldman Professor of International Studies and the Social Sciences and Professor of Political Science at Brown University
This film is a portrait of poets, musicians, and artists who have turned their art into weapons of resistance during periods of heightened state repression and violence in Indian-administered Kashmir. By evoking the collective memory of a people and unwinding threads of their folk history, the featured artists and musicians in this film negotiate with questions of survival, resistance, and freedom – all deeply embroiled in the complex conflict of Kashmir.
Lunch will be served.
Possible through the generosity of the Asia Center.
Mon, Apr 9, 2018 at 12:00pm
Mon, Apr 9, 2018 at 02:00pm
Even after 70 years of India’s emancipation it has remained plagued by the caste system and untouchability is its worst form of manifestation. Critically acclaimed director Stalin K looks at the insidious ways in which the social marginalization of a quarter of India’s population is sustained with the collusion of state agencies.
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Arvind Raghunathan and Sribala Subramanian South Asia Visiting Fellowship Seminar
Raile Rocky Ziipao, Arvind Raghunathan and Sribala Subramanian South Asia Visiting Fellow
Chair: Ajantha Subramanian, Professor of Anthropology and South Asian Studies, Harvard University
Ziipao posits that road building has always been an act of power, which has at different times been leveraged to smooth relationships, secure borders, (dis)connect people, enable trade, create spaces of contestation, or dilute boundaries between varied ethnic groups.
Possible through the generosity of the Asia Center