Migration and Diasporas
This session will deal with problematic questions that center around displacement, migration and vulnerable livelihoods in lands, camps and archipelagos of the Bay of Bengal. The session will revolve around four major themes presented by our speakers:
- How did the 2004 tsunami , coupled with the rapid rise of tourism, changed livelihoods in the middle of the Bay of Bengal? Case-studies include the ecological degradation amongst the livelihood communities of farmers and fishermen in the Andaman islands.
- How do we read place-naming practices in the refugee towns of the Bay of Bengal?
The names given to settlement villages are sites where nostalgia and naming amalgamate memory, time and space with emotional sentiment. Place-names are mappable cultural capital and the act of naming places imbues an anonymous landscape with an individual and familiar identity.
- Flows interrupted: The inhospitable Bay?
Being one of the most persecuted minority communities of the world, the Rohingya issue has a wide impact on the geopolitics of the Bay of Bengal region. In the backdrop of the recent exodus of Rohingyas from Myanmar, how is the stance of India going to influence other countries in the Bay of Bengal region?
- Illegal immigrants versus wealthy tourists: politics of access and restriction in the Andaman Islands. How are local communities and invasive governmental planning dealing with tourism, poaching, labour migration, trade and marriage alliances which create constant flows of people to and from the Andaman and Nicobar Islands?
These questions will shed some light on contemporary issues concerning the complex relationship between liquid worlds of migration, identity-making in diasporic contexts, and the solidification of borders regulating flows and livelihoods in the Bay of Bengal.