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Course Coordinator and Team: Dr Amit Kumar Mishra
Email of course coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
This course intends to introduce the students to certain fundamental themes, questions and debates in the analysis of mobility and migration that are part of global circulation of capital, commodities, communities, cultures and ideas. This course will make an attempt to read the historical narratives of human mobility as an integral constituent of ideological affirmations of the times and ways in which human mobility facilitates the dispersal and universalization of the ideas and also in turn gets altered by these ideas. By exploring the thematic processes of insertion of local/national into the global through human mobility with specific historical narrative of Indian emigrants, this course proposes to provide the basic grounding and intends to lead the students in making the initial foray into understanding the contemporary global order from a transdisciplinary perspective.
Brief description of modules/ Main modules:
Unit 1. Indians in the World: Postcolonial Phase 1950s onwards (4 Weeks)
This unit will discuss the movement of Indians after the Indian independence – initially to Britain, from 1970s onwards to North America and Pacific, and to the Gulf region post oil boom period. This unit will help students understand how the transborder mobility of people influence and gets influenced by the processes and primacies of contemporary globalisation.
This unit will also explore the transborder mobilities of people around partition and redrawing of national boundaries in South Asian region, and trajectories of multiple migrants as well twice displaced immigrants of Indian origin.
Unit 2. Indians in the World: Colonial Phase, 1800- 1940s (3 Weeks)
unit will discuss the movement of Indians to work imperial endeavours like plantation, construction, military and auxiliary services. It will also discuss the movement of Indian traders, financiers (like Chettiars) and petty businessmen whose movements were supported by the colonial enterprise. This will also explore the mobility of Indians as soldiers and auxiliary servicemen in the imperial pursuits, as convicts and lascars.
Unit 3: Indians in the World: Precolonial Phase (2 Weeks)
unit will explore the movement of Indians from the earliest historically substantiated streams like cultural-religious emissaries, itinerant populations (e.g. Roma in Central and Eastern Europe), and movement of Indian traders and businessmen in Asian and oceanic networks till 19th Century.
Unit 4: Tracing the Fundamentals (3 Weeks)
On the basis on above narrative, this unit will lead the students to identify certain essential themes and critical issues relating to study of human mobility and transborder migration from interdisciplinary perspectives. Some of the themes to be discussed would be – factors for migration; concerns relating to gender, generation, ethnicity and race; immigrants’ exclusion, discrimination etc.
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