Ranabir Samaddar (ed.):
Borders of an Epidemic: Covid-19 and the Migrant Workers

Migrant workers from different parts of India trekked back hundreds of kilometres carrying their scanty belongings and dragging their hungry and thirsty children in the scorching heat of the plains of India to reach home in the wake of the sudden announcement by the government of a complete lockdown of the country amid the spectre of Corona virus. Yet while scenes of migrant workers walking in long processions caught the attention of the journalists, it still requires to be asked: What lay behind these long marches? How do caste, race, gender, and other fault lines operate in governmental strategies to cope with a virus epidemic? If the fight against an epidemic has been compared with a war, what are the forces of power at play in this war against the pandemic? What indeed explains the sudden visibility of the migrant workers in the time of a public health crisis? What measures could have been taken and need to be taken now? This online publication by Calcutta Research Group highlights the ethical and political implications of the epidemic – particularly for India’s migrant workers. This book, edited by IWM recurrent Visiting Fellow Ranabir Samaddar, is written as the crisis unfolds with no end in sight.

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This publication is a part of the educational material for the Calcutta Research Group (CRG) programme in Migration and Forced Migration Studies. The programme is held in collaboration with the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, Institute for Human Sciences (IWM), Vienna, and several other universities and institutions in India. 

At the IWM, the programme is supervised be Ayse Caglar, IWM Permanent Fellow and Professor of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Vienna, within her reasearch focus “Migrants in City-Making and Urban Politics” (see details).

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