South Asia

Roundtable Session

Migration, Consumption, and Identities: Global Mobility Networks in Colonial/Postcolonial South Asia

Saturday, July 7
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Location: Silveroak I, Ground Floor

This roundtable seeks to investigate changes in mobility networks of people, goods, and information of South Asia from the nineteenth century to the present, shedding light on global connectivity brought about by migration, trade, consumption, religious transformation, nationalism, and citizenship. Each participant looks at how hybridized identities are newly forged by different classes and communities of South Asia beyond their original geographical settings. Crispin Bates proposes the impact of overseas migration by Indian labors throughout the nineteenth century across the Indian Ocean under British rule. Based on his extensive archival research in Britain, Asia, and Africa, Bates reevaluates that intermediate agencies or ‘middlemen’ that are generally considered as ‘traffickers’ are actually the vital forces in the initial making of inter-regional mobility networks of the British colonies. Aki Toyoyama explores the development of a built environment of South Asian trading communities in Southeast Asian ports between the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, analyzing architectural representation particularly in British Malaya and French Indochina. Toyoyama points out that consumption of building materials, decorative furnishings, and ritual supplies not only from the subcontinent but also from destinations of migration as well as the outside world give settlers new spatial and visual spectacles that shape new identities of South Asian cosmopolitans. Masako Azuma examines a new form of reconnection of South Asian communities outside the subcontinent after the Partition, focusing on the Punjabi settlement in Toronto, Canada. Azuma illustrates the interlocking of Indo-Pakistani Punjabis as citizens of a nation of multiculturalism policy, and how this regionally and religiously multi-layered group of people imagines an integrated society consciously maintained by self-help concepts. Aswini Kumar Nanda reports migrant economic environment on modern South Asia, looking through transnational mobility of Punjabi diasporic system of employment and remittance. Using latest statistical data, Nanda figures out the flow of people, cash, and information connecting Indo-Pakistani Punjabis and Punjabi NRIs globally, and its socio-cultural and political impacts on the home countries today. The topics in all demonstrate how community construction of South Asian people on the move forges new identities and mobility networks that integrate South Asia into a globalized world.

Send Email for Aki Toyoyama

Sherry Sabbarwal

Panjab University, India

Presentation(s):

Send Email for Sherry Sabbarwal

Send Email for Aki Toyoyama

Crispin Bates

University of Edinburgh, Japan

Presentation(s):

Send Email for Crispin Bates

Masako Azuma

Kindai University, Japan

Presentation(s):

Send Email for Masako Azuma

Aswini Kumar. Nanda

Centre for Research in Rural & Industrial Development, India

Presentation(s):

Send Email for Aswini Nanda


Assets

Migration, Consumption, and Identities: Global Mobility Networks in Colonial/Postcolonial South Asia



Attendees who have favorited this

Please enter your access key

The asset you are trying to access is locked. Please enter your access key to unlock.

Send Email for Migration, Consumption, and Identities: Global Mobility Networks in Colonial/Postcolonial South Asia