Southeast Asia

Organized Panel Session

150 - Citizenship, Nationalism and Refugeehood: The Untold Story of Rohingyas

7/7/2018
2:40 PM - 4:10 PM
Location: Cypress, New Building

Asia is on the move and the bulk of the movement is constitutive of the expulsed underclass. The phenomena of undocumented underclass, in legal parlance, termed as refugees and migrants, are the product of the internal politics of the sovereign states and their statelessness is a function of the dynamics of border and geopolitics at play. The sovereign states internally create conditions where people are governed by calibrated management and/or through confinement of human movement without any rights within a given geographic space. A community and concomitant cultural body are constructed through nationalism, religion and ethnicity discourses. Various geographic transversal forces enable purgation of the cultural community from their spatial habitations. The process of purgation leads to the origination of stateless people who move across the borders and live in a state of precarity. They become both analytical as well as legal categories. The rubric of explanations of refugee crisis spans different generative contexts - nationalism, ethnic cleansing, human rights, assimilation, gender, and citizenship.


The papers in the panel examines the following questions: the 'systemic edges' of internal and geopolitical factors of Rohingya refugee crisis in Myanmar that led to the issue of citizenship: concept and practice with reference to the Myanmar Citizenship Act of 1982. Also, the problem of assimilation and political representation, and resource management in Bangladesh and India will be interrogated. The last paper will examine the precarity of young refugees in various asylum states.  

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Nasreen Chowdhory

University of Delhi, India

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Biswajit Mohanty

University of Delhi, India

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Biswajit Mohanty

University of Delhi, India

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Meherun Ahmed

Asian University for Women, India

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Nasreen Chowdhory

University of Delhi, India

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Meghna Kalja

University of Delhi, India

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Shahana Chowdhury

Kazi Shahid Foundation, India

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Meghna Kalja

University of Delhi, India

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