Inaugural Global South Graduate Student Conference

May 5, 2022, 8:30 AM to May 6, 2022, 5:00 PM EDT
Online (Zoom)

Theme: Global South Possibilities: Exploring Linkages, Building Solidarity.

The Global South Research Hub, housed within the Center for Social Science Research (CSSR) at George Mason University, is organizing its inaugural Global South Graduate Student Conference on May 5-6, 2022 scheduled to be held virtually over Zoom.

TEN Panel Discussions and

ONE Keynote Address.




Program Schedule (All times in EDT)

May 5, 2022, Thursday

08:30AM - 08:45AM

Opening Remarks by Manjusha Nair, Director of the Global South Research Hub

08:45AM - 10:00AM

Panel 1: Conversations about Knowledge:

Discussants: Lester Kurtz and Karthik Balaji Ramanujam

  • Ivan Kislenko, HSE University. "Between North and South: Indigenous Sociology in Russia?"
  • Hugo Parra Munoz, University of Bristol. "Decolonising the curriculum is not enough: other epistemologies for educating other-teachers"
  • Nithila Kanagasabai, Tata Institute of Social Science. "A View From Afar: Reimaging Feminist Research from the Global South"

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Panel 2: Life on the Margins

Discussants: Cortney Hughes Rinker and Aleezay Khaliq

  • Srimoyee Biswas, Jamia Millia Islamia. "Matua Namasudra: A community’s history in Bengal through the lens of caste, partition, and the Citizenship Act"
  • Monika Verma, National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University. "Refugee livelihood and Covid-19: The case study of Rohingyas in India"
  • Sana Ahrar, Penn State. "Urban Residential Segregation: A case of Delhi"
  • Aishani Khurana, University of Illinois Chicago. "Networks of power: Exclusion, Discrimination and Marginalization of Muslims in Housing Market in Delhi"

11:30AM - 01:00PM

Panel 3: Identities and Imaginaries

Discussants: Anu Aneja and Kevin Nazar

  • Aparna Shastri, George Mason University. "Televisual Homogeneity: A Case Study of Netflix’s Sacred Games and The Gift"
  • Navdeep Kaur, New York University. "Chai and the Immigrant: Memory, Nostalgia and Authenticity"
  • Gauri Saxena, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. "Understanding the Implications of ‘Model Minority’ Stereotyping for Intergroup Relationships amongst British South Asians"
  • Juanita Vivas Bastidas, Loyola University, Chicago. "Identity Under Construction: Migration, Gender, and Ethno-Racial Self-Identification"

01:00 PM - 02:30 PM

Panel 4: Politics and Resistance

Discussants: Yasemin Ipek and Eric W. Ross

  • Omer Pacal, George Mason University. "The Dilemma of Political Movements in the Middle East: Revolution vs. Recognition"
  • Prashkandan Sengupta, University of Calcutta. "Resistance against Accumulation of Capital in the India: Community as Class and Beyond"
  • Rasmieyh Abdelnabi, George Mason University. "A Gendered Politics of Life: Palestinian Embroidery as a Source of Economic Sustenance and Cultural Continuity"
  • Soumodip Sinha, Delhi School of Economics. "Transnational collective action via digital activism: Using student political activism as a frame of reference to facilitate South- South interactions"

02:30 PM - 04:00 PM

Panel 5: Labor in question

Discussants: Manjusha Nair and Deepika Hooda

  • Rianka Roy, University of Connecticut. "Local Networks, Global Reflections: Solidarity in Indian Tech Unions"
  • Alexander Hoppe, University of Pennsylvania. "Can Expressive Work be Offshored? The Problem of Unique Capabilities in the Global Fashion Industry"
  • Abhishek Dwivedi, South Asian University. "(Un)packing Precarity: A study of casual workers in Leather industry, India"
  • Jialing Chen, University of Oxford. "Internet workers’ ‘hidden’ resistance practices against overtime work culture"

04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

Panel 6: On Human Rights

Discussants: Niklas Hultin and Kevin Nazar

  • Madison Collins, Teachers College, Columbia University. "Critical Human Rights Education and Decolonial Practices for Teacher Professional Development in the Global South: A Literature Review and Application"
  • Eliana Fonsah, University of California, Merced. "The Role of Colonial Legacies and Fundamental Human Rights in Shaping Worker Rights’ Struggles: The case of the Cameroon Anglophone Lawyers and Teacher’s Union"
  • Hugo Goeury, CUNY. "Punishment in Latin America: "It's (still) the economy, stupid"
  • Chibuzor Azubuike, Kansas State University. "Aid as Instigation for Conflict among the Bakassi Refugees and their Hosts in Ikang, Cross River State, Nigeria"

May 6, 2022, Friday

08:30 AM - 09:45 AM

Panel 7: Environmental Justice

Discussants: Christopher Morris and Mariam Kurtz

  • Sampurna Das, Delhi School of Economics. "Floods are more than just inundation: Notes from the riverine island (chars) of Assam, India"
  • Sabrina Kirschner, UniBW, Munich, Germany. "The Brazilian Position prior to the Stockholm Conference"
  • Suravee Nayak, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India. "Dispossession, Entanglements and Inequalities in Coal Economies: A Quest for Just Future"

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Keynote Address By Anne Garland Mahler

TOPIC: "Global South Solidarities: Then and Now"

Announcement of "Best Student Paper" Awards

11:30 AM - 01:00 PM

Panel 8: Debates on Development

Discussants: Iccha Basnyat and Severin Mueller

  • Yutong Su, Teachers College, Columbia University. "Youth Empowerment in The Global South case analysis through Human Capital Theory and Capabilities Approach"
  • Devika Misra, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India. "Populism, Pandemic and Payments: Analysing Policies of Aid and Cash Transfers in Brazil and India"
  • Judith Mane, George Mason University. "Development-induced displacement and resettlement: encounter of realities, histories, and cultures"
  • Makhosazane Sithole, University of Zululand. "Urban informality and overcoming marginality: Female street traders and the COVID-19 pandemic in uMhlathuze city, South Africa"

01:00 PM - 02:30 PM

Panel 9: Contested Mobilities

Discussants: Rashmi Sadana and Eirini Giannaraki

  • Edwin Rodriguez, Brown University. "Siempre Esperando: Remittances and Their False Promises in El Salvador"
  • Shruti Gupta, National University of Singapore. "The Dynamics of (Im)mobilities within the Global South: Understanding gendered migration between India and UAE"
  • Abla Triki, George Mason University. "Morocco's Border Regime and Policymaking"
  • Margaret Zeddies, George Mason University. "Reimagining Study Abroad Through Political Economy"

02:30 PM - 04:00 PM

Panel 10: Global Solidarity Movements

Discussants: Johanna Bockman and Sevil Suleymani

  • Poorvi Bellur, Princeton University. "Revolution in the East as ‘World Revolution’: Theorizing anti-colonial solidarity at the 2nd congress of the Communist International"
  • Kelvin Ng, Yale University. "Itineraries of Self-Respect: Urban Sociality and Tamil Reform across the Indian Ocean, 1929–1940"
  • Hee Eun Kwon, UC San Diego. "Tolerance and Cosmopolitanism: A Case Study of Al Fahidi District, UAE"
  • Sunidhi Pacharne, University of Hyderabad, India. "Rewriting Gender Norms Together: The Unspoken Conversations of Dalit Women with African American Women"

04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

Concluding Session


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