What is Critical Migration Studies? (Distinguished Lecture Series-4, 2013)

What is Critical Migration Studies?, sought to critically examine the premisses, assumptions, origins and aims, of migration studies along with its values and finalities and its politics and powers and discovered that the discourse of migration begins and ends with a series of paradoxes. These paradoxes, according to the author, affirm the humanity of the subject of migration and  argues that the humanity would always be a source of retooling and revision and would always be a part of the science of migration, provided we do not lose the critical outlook.

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Climate Change Induced Displacement : A Challenge for International Law (Distinguished Lecture Series-3, 2010)

In the lecture, “Climate Change Induced Displacement: A Challenge For International Law”, Professor Walter Kalin begins with a description of three distinct sets of obligations States are confronted with under international law. He then looks at the different scenarios that may trigger displacement as a consequence of the effects of climate change. This is followed by a discussion of existing normative frameworks to protect persons displaced by effects of climate change and the gaps that exist in this regard. He ends with some remarks on the way forward and a word of caution.

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Rethinking 1905 : Spatial Inequity, Uneven Development and Nationalism (Distinguished Lecture Series-2, 2009)

In his public lecture David Ludden put stress on India’s territorial nationalism that constructed Indian national space. He intended to analyze how this space was partitioned in 1947, producing Indian national territory and leaving a cultural residue. He specified that space as national space that spills over India’s official borders. In his lecture he sought to step out of the national framing of human space to consider another kind of space, physically formed by the Meghna and Brahmaputra river basins, which he termed as ‘a space without history’. He argued that, it only acquired a special name for six years after 1905, as the Province of Eastern Bengal and Assam. In his lecture he tried to analyze how nationalism and independent national states have continued ever since to produce and reinforce special inequalities under uneven capitalist development, in the name of national culture, integrity, sovereignty, defense, survival, and development.

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Justice and Equality: A Political Dilemma? Pascal, Plato, Marx (Distinguished Lecture Series-1, 2007)

Prof. Etienne Balibar delivered the first lecture of the Distinguished Lecture Series on ‘ Justice and Equality: A Political Dilemma? Pascal, Plato, Marx’ on 21 September 2007 . Etienne Balibar in this lecture does not defend the idea that we should chose between the values designated by the names “justice” and “equality” which to him are inseparable. But he wants draw attention to the fact that their articulation remains theoretically and practically problematic, and the tighter the relationship we establish among them, which results in a definition of each term through the mediation of the other, the more complicated becomes the case. He also wants to suggest that inherent in this conceptual riddle is a methodological question which is not deprived of contemporary relevance, even if it may appear rather academic in its formulation, namely which point of view should have primacy: moral philosophy (to which the idea of justice remains traditionally and dominantly attached) or political philosophy (whose modern language has been crucially framed around the claim of equality among citizens, albeit in a typical association with the claim of liberty, as we will have to remember). This is where the form of a dilemma could possibly emerge. The dilemma can also appear around the issue of social equality - equality among groups in the broad sense and not only individuals - the typical conflicts between opposite conceptions of justice become inescapable, which means that justice appears now as a fully political and not only a moral issue. The idea of the political thus becomes at the same time intensified and complicated, even destabilized, by any deep investigation of the tensions, choices, and antinomies involved in the association of justice with equality. It has to take into account its internal other, of which perhaps the “moral” issues are only a symptom and an index, which together with several contemporary philosophers Balibar wishes to call the “impolitical” (rather than unpolitical) side of politics. This lecture carries philosophical investigations in this perspective.

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