Period of stay: September-October 2021
Evaluation sheet for departing Fellows
- What would you consider to be the major benefits of your stay at IWM?
(a) I worked in peaceful and non-stressful environment, yet enjoyed the collegiality at the IWM.
(b) The library and reference service was helpful for the paper I wrote and the one I revised.
(c) I also could discuss the details of the on-going IWM-CRG project. The project needed review and intense exchange of views. I also got a sense of the future possibilities of the programme.
- Was the event programme of the IWM attractive and interesting for you?
(a) Yes, the workshop on statelessness was successful; the hybrid structure worked well; and it will help in a big way the volume we are preparing on sites of statelessness as an outcome of IWM-CRG collaboration.
(b) I also enjoyed IWM event on the Ratlines, the sessions on Afghanistan and laws on regional mobility.
(c) I also benefited from my own seminar presentation.
(d) The IWM protocols for health safety are excellent. These help the events go smoothly
- Do you have any criticisms of any aspect of the Institute’s program and operations?
Please include any suggestions for improvement.
No criticism, but suggestions:
(a) Please have more research and discussions on refugees and migrants; and
(b) Same on Europe’s links with Asia and Africa. In many cases (not at IWM) I have seen insularity adversely affecting the cause of wider scholarship.
- Is there anything else you would like to let us know regarding your stay at the IWM?
(a) My deep thanks are to past and present Rectors, the support staff at the IWM for their unfailing support and help, and the senior colleagues at the IWM.
(b) The IWM protocols for heath safety deserve praise. They can be emulated elsewhere.
Final Report sheet for departing Fellows
As mentioned in the “Terms of Award” agreement, we would kindly ask you to submit your final report on your activities, travels, talks and accomplishments during your research stay. Please be as specific and concise as possible!
In particular, we may ask you to list books or essays that have been written or worked on at the IWM, that have either been published or accepted for publication or that you wish to submit for publication. Describe briefly the nature of the work and give names of publishers or publications, dates and other relevant facts.
We would be very grateful if you could provide us with a copy of your publication(s) for our library or, if this is not possible, contact our librarian with the publication details. We would also like to ask you to list any prizes or awards you have received or will receive, as well as any scholarships and grants you have received or will receive.
- As part of my research I worked on a chapter of a book I am currently working on. This chapter deals with “itinerant situations”. At the IWM on 19 October I gave a public presentation based on part of the material of this chapter. The talk was titled, “The Impossibility of Politics: Brecht, Manto and Two Itinerant Situations”. I presented a draft written text.
- In these two months I finished revision of another chapter of the same book. This chapter is titled, “Layers of Solidarity”. I consulted material available here and other libraries (in English language) on the savings bank movement in Europe and other associated themes. I could also access some journal articles on the theme of solidarity. Both of these chapters form part of my studies of migrants and refugees.
- In this connection I must express my gratitude to Katharina Gratz for helping me all through with making reference material available to me.
- My work on “bio-politics from below” continues. It now forms a part of my broader research on “Alternatives to Capitalism: Revisiting Thinkers, Texts, Events”
- On the theme of bio-politics from below, I gave a podcast interview at the Central European University on 18 October. The interviewer was the Rector of the University, Professor Shalini Randeria.
- I first articulated the theme of “bio-politics from below” in my small book published this year, A Pandemic and the Politics of Life (Delhi: Women Unlimited, 2021). This book was possible due to my research as part of the IWM-CRG joint programme on “global protection of refugees and migrants”. I have attached a PDF of the book. The IWM is acknowledged there. This work will continue as part of the book I am working on.
- I wrote a short piece on “Statelessness: A Question Mark for Liberal Democracy” for the forthcoming IWM Post.
- I also helped the organisation of the workshop on statelessness held at the IWM (15-16 September 2021) along with Paula Banerjee (CRG) and Ayse Caglar and Jakob Furst (IWM). The workshop was based on a book plan jointly drawn up by me with Ayse Caglar (IWM) and Sabyasachi Basu Ray Chaudhury (Hony. Director, CRG). The participants (both physically and virtually attending) were from several universities in various parts of Europe and Asia. The volume should be ready to go for publication in 2022. Quite a lot of work however remains.
- This workshop led to an engaged discussion on 17 September 2021 on broadening the IWM-CRG partnership on research in migration and refugee studies into a Europe-Asia platform of research and dissemination of the same theme. Hopefully the year of 2022 will see a strengthening of the platform through further plan, workshops, publications, and dissemination. The IWM-CRG partnership will be at the core of this endeavour.
- In sum, my time was devoted to (a) research; (b) strengthening IWM-CRG collaboration in the area of migration and forced migration studies; and (c) fleshing out the steps towards actualising the idea of a Europe-Asia platform.