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Global South Asians Promoting knowledge of the historical roots of South Asian migration. Global South Asians is a page set up by an AHRC-funded collaboration between the Universities of Edinburgh and Leeds which investigates the historical roots of South Asian migration.
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The page seeks to promote knowledge and understanding of the history and culture of the South Asian diaspora across the globe.

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Sikh migration to Peninsular Malaysia – Part 1
11/06/2021
Sikh migration to Peninsular Malaysia – Part 1

Sikh migration to Peninsular Malaysia – Part 1

| Malaysia | 10 June 2017 | Asia Samachar | By Dr Manjit S. Sidhu | Sikhs in Malaysia When the 1953 Immigration Act made further migration to Peninsular Malaya¹ virtually impossible, the Sikh commu…

Another in the Memories of India series... premiering this Friday!
07/06/2021

Another in the Memories of India series... premiering this Friday!

The High Commission of India presents "Memories of India" - a time capsule of memories. Moderator Dr. Radica Mahase talks with Ms. Leela Ramdeen about her multiple visits to India and her experiences. #IndiaAt75 #memoriesofindiandia

St James, Trinidad: populated and developed by Indian ex plantation workers
07/06/2021

St James, Trinidad: populated and developed by Indian ex plantation workers

This area was called Coolie Town when former Indian indentured labourers settled there after the expiration of their their five-year contracts.

By the 1890s the area expanded to eventually become what is now known as St James.

The new name was apparently taken from the main street through the area - St James Street (which became Tragarete Road).

St James Street got its name from the nearby St James Barracks.

Other street names recognised the nationality of the inhabitants. Therefore, Delhi Street, Agra Street etc.

Coolie Town had emerged on an area that Sir Ralph Abercromby had landed his troops to seize Trinidad from the Spanish in 1797.

The estate became the property of the Devinish family who, by the 1850s, sold tracts of land to merchant families like the Stones and Salazars.

It was during that period that Indian labourers began to arrive to work on plantations.

From about 1870, the area started to be called Coolie Town as the Indian labourers whose contracts had ended began renting estate lands for farming. Among them were craftsmen, including jewelers whose work made the area commercially popular.

St James was incorporated in the City of Port-of-Spain in 1917.
Source: Dominic Kalipersad, March 2019

The tales and travels of ‘Indian Curry’
28/05/2021
Curry Tales of the Empire – Journal of Victorian Culture Online

The tales and travels of ‘Indian Curry’

Curry Tales of the Empire May 27, 2021 Arunima Datta Victorians Beyond the Academy Indian curry is an extraordinarily popular genre of food, visible not only in the shape of curry houses across the world but also as take-aways, frozen curry meals and curry powders sold in grocers’ stores. But what...

The tales and travels of ‘Indian Curry’
28/05/2021
Curry Tales of the Empire – Journal of Victorian Culture Online

The tales and travels of ‘Indian Curry’

Curry Tales of the Empire May 27, 2021 Arunima Datta Victorians Beyond the Academy Indian curry is an extraordinarily popular genre of food, visible not only in the shape of curry houses across the world but also as take-aways, frozen curry meals and curry powders sold in grocers’ stores. But what...

The first Indians to Trinidad came on an Indian ship and were not indentured
16/05/2021
The first Indians to Trinidad were not indentured

The first Indians to Trinidad came on an Indian ship and were not indentured

BOOK REVIEW The First East Indian to Trinidad By Dennison Moore Publisher: Amazon The first Indians to Trinidad were not indentured By Ralph Paragg Dr. Dennison Moore has produced a masterpiece.&nb…

SHAHID PERWEZ MEMORIAL FUND https://gofund.me/3794f600I am delighted to report that in just four days we have already ra...
15/05/2021
Shahid Perwez Memorial Fund, organized by Crispin Bates

SHAHID PERWEZ MEMORIAL FUND https://gofund.me/3794f600
I am delighted to report that in just four days we have already raised almost £8,000 towards our £25,000 target for the Shahid Perwez memorial fund. Shahid’s friends and family are all extremely grateful for your help in this. It is important that we keep up the effort, so please circulate news of the fundraiser as widely as possible to friends and colleagues by email or social media. And if you have not contributed, please consider doing so. Every little helps.
Very many thanks
Crispin

For those who knew him, the death from Covid-19 of a remarkable scholar and human being Dr … Crispin Bates needs your support for Shahid Perwez Memorial Fund

Just published: 'Remigration of Indian Subalterns in the Colonial Indian Ocean' by Crispin Bates and Marina Carter in Jo...
13/05/2021
Project MUSE - Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History-Volume 22, Number 1, Spring 2021

Just published: 'Remigration of Indian Subalterns in the Colonial Indian Ocean' by Crispin Bates and Marina Carter in
Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History Volume 22, Number 1, Spring 2021
With many thanks to the editor, Prof Clare Anderson, and our kind reviewers.

Journal of Colonialism & Colonial History (JCCH) is an important resource to scholars of all aspects of colonialism, from pre-colonial societal studies to current post-colonial theory. It covers the broad range of issues that relate to imperialism and colonialism from the tenth century through moder...

Dear Friends. Please read and consider contributing to this Go Fund Me account in memory of Dr. SHAHID PERWEZ, a remarka...
13/05/2021
Shahid Perwez Memorial Fund, organized by Crispin Bates

Dear Friends. Please read and consider contributing to this Go Fund Me account in memory of Dr. SHAHID PERWEZ, a remarkable scholar, known to many across the globe on his journey from a small town in Bihar, to advanced studies in Aligarh and Edinburgh Universities, and research collaborations with numerous scholars in UK, Sweden, Canada, and India. He died tragically last week from Covid 19 in India, leaving behind a young family, that we are eager to support.

Please contribute, every little helps, and share with your friends on social media. Thank you very much.

For those who knew him, the death of Dr SHAHID PERWEZ from Covid-19, at the age of 44, has … Crispin Bates needs your support for Shahid Perwez Memorial Fund

More musings on Indian migration. All are welcome.
20/04/2021

More musings on Indian migration. All are welcome.

More musings on Indian migration. All are welcome.

30/03/2021

Am looking forward to reading a new essay by Ranjana Raghunathan in the latest issue of Gender and History on 'Migrant Intimacies and Ambiguities of Law: The Case of Wife Enticement Among Indians in Colonial Singapore, 1900–1940'

'Memories of India' A Time Capsule of Memories
20/03/2021
'Memories of India' A Time Capsule of Memories

'Memories of India' A Time Capsule of Memories

The Mahatma Gandhi Institute for Cultural Cooperation invites all to 'Memories of India' a time capsule of memories shared by Dr. Basdeo Panday (former Prime...

16/03/2021

Mgicc Trinidad invites all to 'Memories of India' a time capsule of memories. Event will be streamed live on YouTube, Facebook & Twitter. Please follow & like the social media handles of the High Commission to receive our notification when the stream is live. #memoriesofindia #Indiaat75

Dear Friends The Ameena Gafoor Institute for the Study of Indentureship and its Legacies is delighted to invite you to i...
14/03/2021

Dear Friends
The Ameena Gafoor Institute for the Study of Indentureship and its Legacies is delighted to invite you to its inaugural seminar on ‘Slavery and Indentureship: the Concept of Coolitude’ on the 22nd of March 2021 at 6pm GMT (or midnight in India).
Tickets are free and can be found on Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/.../slavery-and... . The Zoom details will then be sent to you by email. If you are unable to sign up via Eventbrite, please feel free to write to Eve Kanram in order to register.
The Sunway Centre for South Asian and Indian Ocean Studies (SAIOS) is collaborating in this event. There will be an opportunity for questions and answers and the event will be recorded and posted on facebook later for those unable to attend on the day.
The event is in honour of the memory of the famous Guyanese Indian politician Dr Cheddi Jagan, whose birthday falls on the 22nd of March.

You are invited to join a seminar: North Indian Overseas Labour Migration in the Colonial Era: Origins, Intermediaries a...
09/02/2021

You are invited to join a seminar: North Indian Overseas Labour Migration in the Colonial Era: Origins, Intermediaries and the Role of Trust by Prof Crispin Bates on Thursday 11Feb @4pm Indian Standard Time. After registering at http://bit.ly/crispinuoh you will receive a confirmation email.

You are invited to join a seminar: North Indian Overseas Labour Migration in the Colonial Era: Origins, Intermediaries and the Role of Trust by Prof Crispin Bates on Thursday 11Feb @4pm Indian Standard Time. After registering at http://bit.ly/crispinuoh you will receive a confirmation email.

FLEETING AGENCIES: A Social History of Indian Coolie Women in British Malaya by ARUNIMA DATTA has just been published in...
18/01/2021

FLEETING AGENCIES: A Social History of Indian Coolie Women in British Malaya by ARUNIMA DATTA has just been published in the new series GLOBAL SOUTH ASIANS from Cambridge University Press.
Fleeting Agencies disrupts the male-dominated narratives by focusing on gendered patterns of migration and showing how South Asian women labour migrants engaged with the process of migration, interacted with other migrants and negotiated colonial laws. This is the first study of Indian coolie women in British Malaya to date. In exploring the politicization of labour migration trends and gender relations in the colonial plantation society in British Malaya, the author foregrounds how the migrant Indian 'coolie' women manipulated colonial legal and administrative perceptions of Indian women; their gender-prescriptive roles, relations within patriarchal marriage institutions, and even the emerging Indian national independence movement in India and Malaya. All this, to ensure their survival, escape from unfavourable relations and situations, and improve their lives. The book also introduces the concept of situational or fleeting agency, which contributes to further a nuanced understanding of agency in the lives of Indian coolie women.
Digitial editions are available now. Hard editions in February.
https://www.cambridge.org/core/series/global-south-asians/87BA7B45E76B2D34501CF1E38D72139B

Touching History of a first- generation indentured couple
06/01/2021
The history of a first-generation indentured couple - Guyana Times

Touching History of a first- generation indentured couple

…laying the foundation for success of Muneshwer By Dr Vishnu Bisram My indentured ancestors, the girmityas, like others that came from India (1838 to 1917) laid the groundwork and economic foundation for the achievements of myself (in education at least) and others like Muneshwer in business (Wate...

'Bengali Harlem': published in 2013, but still a classic and revelatory text.
10/08/2020
The hidden history of Bengali Harlem

'Bengali Harlem': published in 2013, but still a classic and revelatory text.

MIT professor’s new book details the overlooked waves of South Asian immigrants to the United States.

Dr. Kusha Haraksingh speaks about the contribution of Sugar and Caroni today at 12:00 noon (T&T time)
26/05/2020

Dr. Kusha Haraksingh speaks about the contribution of Sugar and Caroni today at 12:00 noon (T&T time)

Lunch Time Convo
The legacy of our Ancestors
Today, Tuesday 26th May, 2020
We have discussions with
Dr. Kusha Haraksingh
on The contribution of Sugar and the Sugar Industry to the development of T &T.
Log on to our page 103.1FM from 12 Noon.

On May 30, Trinidad and Tobago will celebrate 175 years since the arrival of the first ship with Indian Indentured Labou...
26/05/2020

On May 30, Trinidad and Tobago will celebrate 175 years since the arrival of the first ship with Indian Indentured Labourers. Join Dr. Radica Mahase as she interviews local Historians on the history of Indo-Trinbagonians, at 12:00 noon (Trinidad time) starting today until Sunday. You can view this feature on 103. 1 FM Facebook Live.

Dr. Kusha Haraksingh “The contribution of Sugar to the development of T&T” Tuesday 26th
Prof. Brinsley Samaroo “Fauna and Flora: from indentureship to now” Wednesday 27th
Dr. Sherry Ann Singh “Ramayan Tradition and Indian Culture” Thursday 28th
Dr. Shaheeda Hosein “Indian women during Indentureship” Friday 29th
Dr. Jerome Teelucksingh “The Presbyterian contribution in Trinidad and Tobago” Saturday 30th
Dr. Satnarine Balkaransingh “Song, music, dance and cultural icons” Sunday 31st

16/04/2020
Centre for Alternative Studies in Social Sciences

Centre for Alternative Studies in Social Sciences

Deadline for Abstract Submission Extended to May 30 for IASAS 2020 Conference

First Annual Conference of the Indian Association for South Asian Studies (IASAS)
Rethinking South Asia: Alternative Paradigms, Practices and Discourses

Announcement
Type: Call for Panels/ Papers
Date: October 2020 [visit www.casss.org.in]
Location: New Delhi, India
Subject/ Fields: South Asian Studies
Organiser: Centre for Alternative Studies in Social Sciences (CASSS), New Delhi

We invite abstracts for the inaugural Conference of the Annual Indian Association for South Asian Studies (IASAS) to be held at the University of Delhi in October, 2020. This three-day conference will focus on themes related to South Asian Studies and will bring together scholars from across humanities and social sciences.
South Asia, a region replete with historical and cultural continuities, is also defined by its common geographical, political, and economic fissures, traumas and solidarities. It represents a constant dynamic, from etymology to social sciences to humanities and world views. South Asian spaces and times embody a multiple journey be it, religion and region to civilization, nationalism and many shared heritages. Its experiences form stirring histories of mobility and migration, displacement and refugee- hood, partitions as well as divisions and unity. Meanwhile, diverse South Asian voices in the shape of its women, indigenous and tribal peoples’ movements along with anti-caste and class struggles esconce the region into a robust politics of localization as well as globalization. Oftentimes referred to as a subcontinent, its philosophies and myths as well as its societies and polities have an inter-connected, contiguous and intricate fabric that has tended to wear out and evolve even while it remains stable. In today’s world, South Asia represents an idea, a process and practice with past, present and future implications, differences and similarities in juxtaposition to each other. Denoted as the world’s fastest growing region, paradoxically it is also that part of the world where 40% of its poor live. Having traversed through multiple diversities and unrests, it continues to constitute varying and diagrammatically opposite worlds. From oppressive paradigms and un-freedoms to spheres of peaceful, non-violent, participative polities, societies, ecologies, economies, arts and literature - the region bears witness to all.
• What would it be like to re-imagine as well as reflect on alternative ways of looking at South Asia?
• What are the newer perspectives on South Asian pre and post-colonial spaces and times?
• Can one re-visit the region with alternative and evolving ideas and notions of identity, knowledge, diversity, memory, culture, growth, development and humanitarian progresses?
IASAS welcomes panels and papers in English or in Hindi employing interdisciplinary and theoretical perspectives inspired from (but not limited to): History, Philosophy, Political Science, Anthropology, Ethnography, Sociology, Psychology etc. We encourage submissions from research students, early career scholars, faculty members, and independent social scientists whose research falls under the spectrum of South Asian Studies. The conference hopes to generate new perspectives by exploring new as well as alternative and evolving research ideas and methods.
Abstract Submission Deadline: 30 May 2020
Language: English or Hindi
Submission Rules for a) Individual Abstracts 300 words; b) Panel Proposals 500 words
Please send your abstracts and proposals at: [email protected]
Registration Requirements:
Conference Registration Fee: 1000 INR
IASAS Membership fee: 1000 INR for one year and 10,000 INR for Life time

Note: It is mandatory to become a member of the IASAS to participate in the conference.
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Looking forward to hosting Ravinder Kaur (Univ of Copenhagen) next Friday (9 Oct 12pm CDT Houston time), who will give us a book talk on her most recent book Brand New Nation (SUP 2020) for the second Transnational Asia Speaker Series (TASS) webinar at the Chao Center for Asian Studies, Rice University! Please consider to join us! (Reg is required, see the link https://riceuniversity.zoom.us/.../WN_yUmUMDPmSKaS0OqdbO_z_A) #brandnewnation #chaocenter #asianstudies #ContemporaryIndia #riceuniversity #ricehoustonasia305
Pictures of indentured labourers in the so-called 'coolie depot', the central point for Indians in Paramaribo, Surinam (Caribbean colony of The Netherlands). In the pictures we see men and women, young adults and children, Hindus and Muslims. The photographs are part of the album 'Souvenir de Voyage' (part 4), about the life of the family Dooyer in and around the plantation Ma Retraite in Surinam in the years 1906-1913. Collection Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
CALL FOR PAPERS Myth and History in Postcolonial Consciousness: Theory, Praxis and Politics Editors: Dr. Arti Nirmal, Assistant Professor, Department of English, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, INDIA Dr. Sayan Dey, Assistant Professor, Amity Law School, Amity University, Noida, INDIA Concept Note In the year 1995, James W. Loewen, a sociologist and historian from University of Vermont wrote a book titled Lies My Teacher Told Me. It was a result of his analysis based on a dozen high school text books in the United States. Through this book his central intention was to interrogate the socio-historical and cultural ‘validity’ of the various histories and myths that are taught to the children about the past of the United States. During the analysis, it was found that the topics like first Thanksgiving, the Civil and Vietnam Wars, the Americas before the arrival of Columbus are geo-politically incomplete, socio-culturally distorted and racially flawed in many ways. The politics of representation is a complex issue all over the world, both in terms of theory and practice. In the colonial era, distorted portrayal of reality was employed at large to achieve imperialist objectives. But it is sad to see that in the postcolonial era too things did not change much. With the emergence of postcolonialism across the world, the process of socio-political domination became simpler for the West as the earlier victims of colonialism started functioning as advocates of coloniality. For instance, the divide (and define) and rule policy which was introduced by the British in colonial India, continued to amplify in post independent India too through caste, political, communal, religious, historical, geographical and economic fragmentations. These fragmentations have not only enabled the colonial ideologies to survive (both physically and ideologically) and hierarchize (authentic/inauthentic, good/bad, superior/inferior, etc.) the indigenous socio-cultural, historical and mythological practices in India, but also assisted them towards continuing it in the contemporary era. In this regard, decolonial scholars such as Nelson Maldonado-Torres, Walter Mignolo, Ramon Grosfoguel, Boaventuro de Sousa Santos and Sabelo-Ndlovu Gatsheni argue that the prefix ‘post’ in the term ‘postcolonial’ needs to be interrogated because the physical colonial empire has receded to push the meta-physical colonial empire to the forefront. Noted social theorists namely Asis Nandy, Partha Chatterjee and Dennis Walder claim that postcolonial consciousness demands double awareness. On the one hand, it is important to locate the functioning of the colonial inheritance within a specific culture, community and country and on the other it is important to realize the changing relations between these cultures, communities and countries. Thus, in order to understand the changes thoroughly it is not only important to diminish the colonially influenced mythological and historical narratives that have been firmly ingrained in our existential psyche, but also it is important to revive the depolarized indigenous mythologies and histories across the globe. But, this process of revival is once again a challenging task as it is widely infected with the politics of theory and praxis. In other words, the justifications of indigenous histories and myths are usually underpinned with multifarious theoretical and praxial conflicts which are often socio-historically hierarchical and violating in nature. In the light of the foregoing discussion, we request interested contributors to write an abstract in 250-300 words. The abstract should be written in two paragraphs and it should categorically outline the key objectives, arguments and findings of the proposed chapter. Please note that the abstracts which do not adhere to this format may not be accepted. The abstracts may be conceptualized on the following themes but are not limited to it: a. Decolonizing histories and myths. b. Politics of historical and mythological story-telling in a postcolonial world. c. Role of myths and histories in contemporary science. d. Contribution of myths and histories towards framing academic knowledge systems. e. Myths, histories and gender identities. f. Impact of myths and histories in daily life. g. Portrayal of myths and histories in animations (movies, soaps, academic/non-academic videos). h. Representation of indigenous histories and myths in visual and performing arts. i. Multidisciplinary understandings of histories and myths. Publisher: Several national and international publishing houses have expressed a positive gesture towards our project. The international houses are: Routledge, Springer and Vernon Press. The national publishing houses are: Manipal Universal Press, Atlantic Publishers and Pencraft International. The publishing house will be finalized based on the merit of the contributions. So, the selection process will be highly critical and competitive as we can accommodate only a limited number of chapters. No fees will be charged from the contributors. The deadline for the submission of abstract is: 20th April, 2019. The outcome of the submission will be communicated to the contributors by 10th May, 2019. Once selected, the contributors will be asked to submit a paper between 5000-7000 words. The deadline and the referencing style for the full paper will be informed then. Abstracts should be emailed to: Dr. Arti Nirmal – [email protected] Dr. Sayan Dey – [email protected] For any queries please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.
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New article: "Allama Mashriqi on Democracy and the Poor" by Mashriqi's grandson, Nasim Yousaf https://www.facebook.com/DemocracyAndThePoor
Global Forum 4 Literacy: DATE EXTENDED TO 31 JULY 2018 POETRY ON WATER Call for submissions: THEME: INDENTURE South Africa is a global partner in the Indian diaspora. The indentured laborers/slaves, the Girmitiyas, the Jahajis have left an indelible legacy of their indefatigable spirit following many generations globally since they left the shores of India. This is a call to all poets to submit poetry to be included in an ANTHOLOGY. Please submit TWO poems or one if you so wish to be included in the anthology of poetry. Do include a copy of a photo/picture of any item of heritage and cultural significance which you may have in your possession to be included with your poem. This anthology celebrates the legacy of the arts, culture, traditions, and spice that have been left for the generations that followed indenture. If you have learned poetry on the laps of your grandparents, we want you to submit those too. However, please provide a two-sentence reference. Length of 30 lines. Edited and written in 12pt, Times New Roman. We will not accept previously published poetry and all rights revert to the poet once published. We will not accept simultaneous submissions. Poets included in the anthology will be allowed to purchase the anthology at a 50% discount (in South Africa) and for our global brothers and sisters, it can be purchased online. Please note that this anthology will be for posterity in South Africa and the rest of the world. Closing date for submissions: 30 June 2018. Submissions will not be accepted after the closing date. Send entries to: [email protected] Include: country of residence, Name, contact details and a short bio of 5 sentences on the cover page of your poems. Please send as an attachment and NOT on the body of the email.
‘To Dear Harry Boy’, 300 postcards sent from India between 1907-1911. Limited edition book run of 100! To pre-ordering and reserve a copy: http://www.impress-publishing.com/to-dear-harry-boy.html £55 plus P&P if applicable (costs below). 236 pages 310 x 185mm, hardbound. P&P COSTS (including insurance) UK £3.55 / EUROPE £7.00 / USA £10.65 / India £13.45 https://www.instagram.com/todearharryboy/ For every book I ordered, a donation of £2 will be made to Shuktara Trust: http://shuktara.org/about-shuktara/
Hi All! I'm writing an article for The Economist on the fates and fortunes of indentured labourers and their descendants around the globe, and I'm looking to talk to both academics and the descendants of indentured labourers with stories to tell. Please get in touch if here you'd be willing to speak to me or by email: [email protected]. Thanks very much, Susannah