[CSH Lecture Series #9 – ONLINE] South Asian Migrations in Global History (N. Bose)
University of Victoria – Department of History
South Asian Migrations in Global History: Historical Markers and New Directions
The session will be online via Zoom on 15 March 2021, 11:00 am onwards:
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Abstract: This presentation discusses the topic of South Asian migrations in the context of modern global history. Beginning with a mapping of various types of migrations, it offers the 1830s as a key decade for important changes in migration, as well as a description of different types of migrations, including those related to indentured labor, military and imperial service, education, and merchant capital, in the context of modern global history. This also covers recent research through a discussion of the recent edited volume, South Asian Migrations in Global History: Labor, Law, and Wayward Lives, and methodological issues that have arisen in recent research on biography, legal history, and labor histories. It will focus on one area of continuity from the time of indentured labor through the present, that of the legal implications of “low-skilled” and “semi-skilled” to “skilled,” a distinction which emerged at the end of indenture and carried forth through the early 1980s.
Neilesh Bose is Associate Professor of History and Canada Research Chair of Global and Comparative History at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada. A specialist in modern South Asian history, his interests include religion, secularism, and migration in the modern world. He is the editor of South Asian Migrations in Global History: Labor, Law, and Wayward Lives (Bloomsbury, 2020), Culture and Power in South Asian Islam: Beyond the Perpetual Exception (Routledge, 2015), Beyond Bollywood and Broadway: Plays from the South Asian Diaspora (Indiana, 2009), and author of Recasting the Region: Language, Culture, and Islam in Colonial Bengal (Oxford, 2014).