Inter-area/Border Crossing

Organized Panel Session

124 - System, Form and Objects of Migration: Re-defining the Tropes of Colonial Indian Mobility in the Indian Ocean and Beyond

7/7/2018
12:10 PM - 1:40 PM
Location: Maple, Lower Ground Floor

The panel intends to focus on some of the extremely significant but much ignored indexes of Colonial Indian mobility: Indian ocean and the non-indentured maistry mediated migrations, gendered notion of mobility and health aspects of recruitment, which interlinks the broad tropes of system, form and objects of migration. The study of the maistry recruitment and supervision in Burma helps shift our focus from the overarching shadow of Indentured sugar colonies in Caribbean and Pacific towards the Indian Ocean's Bay of Bengal rim. More importantly, it helps to challenge the historiographical parameters which have long defined the characteristics of colonial Indian migration and the Eurocentric perceptions on non-European migration in the global migration framework. The panel further interrogates the forms of recruitment for the plantation colonies where not only, masculinity, health, and power, but also character and skill objectified Indentured body’s productive and reproductive capabilities and suitability. What is interesting, is not only how the notion of “recruit the fit and weed out the frail” was variously compromised to suit the growing demands of the plantations but the agency of the migrants, specifically female recruits’ everyday practices, and resistances to subvert the imposition of this newly developed role of science and medicine. The panel further engages, from a sociological perspective, with the objects of mobility by interrogating the role and experiences of women in the plantation colonies across the kala-pani and ways in which they interacted and restructured notions of control, power, and patriarchy on the plantations.


 

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Nilufer Akalin

State University of New York (SUNY) Binghamton, United States

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