Cultural Practices of Labour in Migration

Country: India

City: Patna

Abstr. due: 10.01.2018

Dates: 20.04.18 — 21.04.18

Organizing comittee e-mail: mithilesh.kumar@tiss.edu

Organizers: Tata Institute of Social Sciences

 

The purpose of this conference is to bring together works from diverse fields and discipline that will re-examine the making and unmaking of cultural practices that accompanies labour migration both historically as well as in contemporary times. How does labour migration mutate the established genres? How does it create new ones? What is the role of memory and acts of forgetting? What are the processes through which the culture industry commodify the cultural practices of migrant labour and sell it back to them and in the process not only accumulate surplus value through their labour but also through their hitherto non-commoditized cultural artefacts? Is it possible to revisit and reconceptualise such concepts like hybridity, multiculturalism, exile, and so on by keeping at the centre of our analysis workers in plantation, or mining, or shipping, or as is the case in contemporary times, in the globalized construction industry? Are these workers creating new methods of articulation of cultural practices which literary studies, cultural studies, and social sciences in general need to unearth? These are only some of the questions that we want to address in the seminar.

The papers in the seminar would be on following subjects which are only indicative and can go beyond these stated themes:

  • Literary genres in migration

  • Cultures of resistance, association, and intersectionality

  • Memory, loss, identity

  • Language and its development through labour migration

  • Genealogy of cultures created through labour migration

  • Gender and sexuality

  • From folklore to mass production of culture

  • Representation of labour and migration

  • Transitions and Translations of Culture

  • Migrant Labour and Urban Culture

  • Migration and Indigenous Culture

Conference Web-Site: https://networks.h-net.org/node/73374/announcements/752157/cfp-cultural-practices-labour-migration-tata-institute-social