Centre for Development Practice and Research, Patna

Call for Papers For Vol. II in Routledge Series entitled "Migrations in South Asia"


Date and time: July 23, 2019 10:55PM - Aug. 31, 2019 11:55PM

Leaving and Living: Social and Cultural Dynamics of Migration in South Asia


Migration has been central to social formations across history. However, the discourse on migration predominantly conceptualizes migration as exceptional moments in the life of a society caused by one or another factor. In this schema, scholars try to convince us that people migrate for push or pull factor or for a combination of these. These factors are then further traced to the economic dynamics of societies. Broadly, a scenario emerges in which staying at home is considered as normal, as routine and leaving home becomes extra-ordinary, abnormal and a rupture in the rhythm of social life. Such binaries then enable home a privileged epistemic location. An attempt to move away from such dominant understandings of migration, the proposed volume will focus on the centrality of migration in the making of the society. It aims to foreground the social and cultural dynamics of migration in historical perspective. The volume further intends to emphasize north India but we are not rigid about geography as migration fundamentally defies geographical boundaries. We are particularly interested in theoretically sophisticated and empirically rich essays addressing issues but not limited to:

  • the social history of migration
  • migration and cultural memory
  • migration and belonging
  • migration and the history of the environment
  • migration and Dalit experience
  • gender dynamics of migration  
  • migration and minority communities
  • migration and aesthetics and
  • politics of migration in historical context 

The proposed volume will be considered for publication as Vol. II in a TISS Series entitled “Migrations in South Asia” to be published by Routledge. Interested contributors are requested to contact editors (Sadan Jha: sadanjha@gmail.com and Pushpendra: pushpendra@tiss.edu with title, abstract and a brief bio sketch of author/s at the earliest (latest by 31st August 2019). Once accepted by editors, the first draft of the paper (approx. 8000 words) will be due by 30th September 2019. These essays will be then peer-reviewed before submitting to the General Editors of the Series (Prof. Pushpendra and Prof. Manish K Jha) and subsequently to the publisher.

Contact Info: 

Sadan Jha

Associate Professor, Centre for Social Studies

Veer Narmad South Gujarat University Campus

Udhna-Magdalla Road

Surat – 395 007 (Gujarat)


Professor and Chairperson

Centre for Development Practice and Research

Tata Institute of Social Sciences

DPS Senior Wing, Chandmari, P.S. – Shahpur

Danapur Cantonment Areas

Patna – 801 502 (Bihar)