Call for contributions; Issue 2, Volume 7. Narratives of Journey, Belonging and New Identities: Understanding Indian Diaspora(s)

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In the past few decades, various discourses have been generated with regard to the types of migration that taken place, and the multiplicity of responses to these types of relocation. The narratives emerging from these diasporas, due to the multitudinous perspectives, require a multidisciplinary and poly-vocal critical approach for study. Consequently, Diaspora Studies today interest government/public agencies and research institutes, and invite commentaries from not just litterateurs, historians, arts and humanities scholars, but also economists and social scientists.

In the case of Indians, for instance, current trends in immigration coincide not just with new political and economic developments, but also with the rising global market for human capital, growth of sub-continental Information and Communication Technology firms etc, and most importantly, changing relations between India and the world. Indian diaspora, in any case, is unique because of its socio cultural diversities, characterised by the presence of a myriad of religions, sects, castes, tribes, kinship systems, languages and dialects, food, dress, festivals and rituals, music and dance, customs and traditions, and so when migration of Indians abroad, which had drastically dropped after the Second World War, resumed in the 1990s owing to India's recent economic transformation, the resultant revitalisation and expansion of Indian diasporic communities over the world created new and hybrid forms in literary writings inspired from the everyday struggle for adjustment, compromise, change and adaptation.

Criticism discoursing upon the diasporic patterns of movements and journeys across the world looking into the colonial, post-colonial identities, ethnic consciousness and the crucial relationship between cultural economy, colonialism, nation-state, homeland and diaspora are hereby invited. While contributions exploring the said theme in literary texts would not be unwelcome, we encourage submissions that specifically employ the tools and methodologies of cultural materialism. Original and annotated papers and/or semi-academic articles and commentaries of or not more than 3,000 words in MS Word format may be mailed to by Thursday, 10th of April, 2014. The following topics may be considered for commentary:

Diaspora Identities: From Roots to Routes
Indian Diaspora- Histories, Experiences, Responses
The Indian Diaspora in Southeast Asia and Far East: from Colonialism, Labour to Global shifts in late 20th century.
Colonial and Post-colonial Identities, Ethnic Consciousness of Indian Diaspora
Migration and Settlement: Impact, Manifestations and New Indian Diaspora Identities in parts of the world
Specific Histories, Settlements and Trajectories of change in Indian Diasporas.
Indian Regional Diasporas: Variations, Diversities and Cultures in Indian Diaspora
Folk/cultural/literary forms as 'Baggage' in Diaspora
The figure of the NRI in Bollywood films
Depiction of Indian Communities in Western films/sit-coms
Indians and Indianess in visual culture

Please note that papers must be annotated in accordance with MLA regulations. Contributors must also submit short bio-notes – not more than 300 words – along with submissions. Contributors will be intimated by third week of April regarding acceptance/rejection. Also note that the online version of this call for contributions can be accessed at