Date: 14-15 June 2018


On June 14-15, 2018, the Asian Modernities and Traditions project ‘Postcolonial Displacement’ will organize a two-day international conference – Modalities of Displacement – at Leiden University. The conference will bring together experts from across disciplines, geographies and institutes to initiate conversations about ‘displacement’ in its multiple vectors, modalities and possibilities.

The displacement of large numbers of people is a central feature of the rapid economic expansion that characterizes contemporary South Asia. Rooted in violent processes of state formation, including partition, militarization, and the repression of regional secessionist movements, South Asia’s modern polities are actively consolidating and incorporating erstwhile economically and politically marginal spaces. These processes of consolidation have been accompanied by the emergence of religious nationalisms and ethnic identity politics that legitimize the ideological or even physical segregation of ‘others’, conjoining land struggles and development projects with socio-cultural contestations around home and belonging. The conference Modalities of Displacement interrogates some of these complexities through the notion of ‘displacement’.

This two-day conference takes place in the context of the projects Postcolonial Displacements: Migration, Narratives and Place-Making in South Asia (LIAS/CA-DS) and Rerouting Relations (IIAS) at Leiden University. It is jointly organized by the Leiden Institute for Area Studies (LIAS), Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology, and the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) at Leiden University, the Netherlands.

The conference consists of:

More information and programme

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