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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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'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.
Please visit us at : www.casss.org.in
For any query please contact/Email us at: [email protected] ; [email protected]
Postal Address: 990, Pocket- 4, Rohini Sector -28 New Delhi- 110043, India

https://southasia.stanford.edu/news/rethinking-south-asia-alternative-paradigms-practices-and-discourses?fbclid=IwAR1gJR...
13/03/2020
Rethinking South Asia: Alternative Paradigms, Practices and Discourses | Center for South Asia

https://southasia.stanford.edu/news/rethinking-south-asia-alternative-paradigms-practices-and-discourses?fbclid=IwAR1gJRPfdOlwLYwxD42HtMK2jnN5UKH6M1k_6aby3FdwE7ZmZZO8bsFcf7k

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 on 2-4 July 2020. This three-day conference will focus on themes related to South Asian Studies and will bring together scholars from across humanit...

First Annual Conference of the  Indian Association for South Asian Studies (IASAS)Rethinking South Asia:  Alternative Pa...
27/02/2020
CASSS – Centre for Alternative Studies in Social Sciences

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: 2-4 July 2020
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 on 2-4 July, 2020. This three-days 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 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: 15 April 2020
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
Modalities of Transfer of Registration and Membership Fee :
Bank Transfer:
Bank Name: State Bank of India
Account Name: Centre for Alternative Studies in S.S.
Account No. : 39160248430
IFSC Code: SBIN0020545
MICR Code: 110004006

Note: It is mandatory to become a member of the IASAS to participate in the conference.
Please visit us at : www.casss.org.in
For any query please contact/Email us at: [email protected] ; [email protected]
Postal Address: 990, Pocket- 4, Rohini Sector -28 New Delhi- 110043, India

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 on 2-4 July, 2020. This three-days conference will focus on themes related to South Asian Studies and will bring together scholars from across human...

140th Girmit Remembrance Day in Fiji
18/05/2019

140th Girmit Remembrance Day in Fiji

As Fiji marks the 140th Girmit Rememberance Day, we go down memory lane with a photo of Late Mr. Ali Hussain who was the father of the Founder of A Hussain & Co Ltd, Late Mr. Ashik Hussain. Late Mr. Ali Hussain arrived on 8th June 1912 on the S. S. INDUS.

Today, there is 4 generations of the A. Hussain Family in Fiji.

Today marks 140 years since the first ship ferrying indentured labourers from India arrived into Fiji.

Between 1879 and 1916, a total of 42 ships made 87 voyages, carrying Indian indentured labourers to work on sugarcane plantations in Fiji. A total of 60,965 passengers left India but only 60,553 (including births at sea) arrived in Fiji.

How Scotland erased Guyana from its past
14/05/2019
How Scotland erased Guyana from its past

How Scotland erased Guyana from its past

The long read: The portrayal of Scots as abolitionists and liberal champions has hidden a long history of profiting from slavery in the Caribbean. By Yvonne Singh

Indians and Pakistanis share memories of living in the gulf
26/04/2019
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Indians and Pakistanis share memories of living in the gulf

#ScrollMagazine | With photographs old and new, Gulfsouthasians has set out to highlight the connections between South Asia and the Persian Gulf.

What’s in a name? The Girmit Legacy.
12/04/2019

What’s in a name? The Girmit Legacy.

What’s in a name : The Girmit Legacy

One of the quickest ways to recognise girmitiya descendants today is by the way some of them spell their names. Some common Indian names are spelt differently in girmitya countries. This is a legacy of the British Raj as the colonials wrote down the names on the indenture passes as they would have heard them pronounced by the girmitiyas. For e.g. Sukhdeo became Sookdeo, Abdul became Abdool, Prasad became Persaud and so on. The pass below is of my great great grandfather Allibox (Ali Buksh) who was the son of Khodabox (Khuda Buksh).

So if you are searching for your ancestor's record consider the different ways their names could have been spelt if you cannot find them.

The Shia Tazias of Fiji
27/01/2019

The Shia Tazias of Fiji

Tazia : Twelver Shias of Fiji

Tazia is the name given to religious processions held by Twelver Shia Muslims in India and Pakistan to commemorate the death of Imam Hasan, the eleventh of the Twelver Shi'a Imams.

Tazia processions are no longer held in Fiji but were very common during girmit days as a lot of early Girmitiyas were Shia.

"Every estate used to build a Tazia and then they all used to converge towards one place. The tazia was a decorated paper ediface. In the procession people used to play music. There was wrestling for sport. But one year there was a great deal of fighting and several people were sent to jail as a result. It was over who should lead the Tazia first. There was a Muslim lawyer, after the girmit era in Labasa, he opposed Tazia, describing it as irrelegious."

Bhujawan - Girmitya
Arrived : 1905

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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