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A Tradition of Care – Anglo-Indian Service Organizations – Historical and Contemporary Perspectives


“A Tradition of Care – Anglo-Indian Service Organizations – Historical and Contemporary Perspectives”

Organized by Derozio Anglo-Indian Research Collection, University of Calcutta, India
Wednesday 9th August 2017

To coincide with (Calcutta Anglo-Indian Service Society) CAISS’s 40th anniversary, the Derozio Forum for Anglo-Indian Studies is organizing this workshop and invites scholars from all disciplines, community workers and educators to participate.

Friendly societies, orphanages, homes, day centres, residential schools – from the earliest days of colonial India, organizations and institutions such as these have been in existence. Following the colonial trajectory the aims and objectives have varied, from dealing with the embarrassment of ‘poor whites ’ who showed up the fallacy of European superiority intrinsic in the colonial agenda, to obligations felt towards children born of inter-racial unions and liaisons. In the tradition of similar organizations in Britain, they varied from the ‘workhouse’ variety to the boarding-school for genteel young women fallen on difficult days. Governance of these institutions was often in the hands of Europeans and Christianity of all involved was assumed. The institutions were overseen by religious and lay bodies outside the community. This gradually changed. As the Anglo-Indian community developed a greater sense of self, by the turn of the 20th century, and in the run-up to independence in 1947 but definitely after, many of the organizations and institutions were run by Anglo-Indians. And Anglo-Indians themselves began to set up service organizations predicated on the notion of self-help.

The objective is to get a holistic perspective of the past and present -- ‘care’ is being studied a lot today (concerns with care emanate from notions of vulnerability that are intrinsic to the human condition, giving rise for the need for care, which can be benign, but isn’t always so). Possible questions and themes that could be addressed:

• genesis and history of the tradition of care with regard to the Anglo-Indian community (including ‘poor whites’ in the earlier period)
• debates and discussions in this regard
• ethnographic findings
• how such organizations may have contributed to the development of a community identity
• care work as political trajectory
• class distinctions between care providers and beneficiaries
• gender aspects
• the politics of care work
• the relevance of care organizations
• analysis based on politics of care methodology
• inter-generational perspectives
• current realities of Anglo-Indian care work
• challenges
• the future.

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Deadline for submission of abstracts: Wednesday 12th July (include title, name, affiliation, designation)

Participants notified by 16th July; participants make 20 minute presentation
Participants confirm by 24th July
(Out of town participants need to make their own travel and accommodation arrangements.)

Publication of presentations is planned

The Derozio Forum for Anglo-Indian Studies seeks to promote knowledge and understanding about Anglo-Indians and make contributions to the development and advancement of the community.