Ranabir Samaddar



Distinguished Chair in Migration and Forced Migration Studies, Calcutta Research Group

(March – April 2018)


Ethnicisation of Migration? The Bind of Ethnicity and Culture in Stephen
Castles’ Works

Stephen Castles’ work has shaped the field of migration studies over the last 40 years. My project is a post-colonial engagement with this great scholar’s writings. I propose that his influential work has contributed to the creation of blind-spots regarding the relation between forced migration and migration, the dynamics of institutional practices of security and control, and finally the need to employ the concept of border as a method to study migration and labour.


Previous stays at the IWM:
January 2017, Guest


Fifty Years After Naxalbari, Popular Movements Still Have Lessons to Learn

In 1967, an armed rebellion by peasants in Naxalbari, a hitherto unknown village in northern Bengal, broke out that was to leave its imprint not just on the politics of the time but on the course of radical movements all the way down to the present.
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If You Push for Regime Change, You Get the Refugees Too

Indians, Pakistanis and others have a right to question Europe on its immigration and citizenship policies, not just because of the presence of Asians and Africans in Europe but because none of the European countries have borne the flow of refugees that the South has seen.
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