Pandemics and Migrant Precarity

Funded by the SSRC the project will bring together seven multidisciplinary international scholars from the fields of history, economics, geography and sociology to develop an interdisciplinary methodological toolkit to study migrant precarity in the international context. The toolkit will draw from several interdisciplinary methods, including the life history calendar (LHC), in-depth interviews, focus group discussion (FGD), the Zaltman metaphor of elicitation technique (ZMET) and content analysis to answer the following question: How has the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated existing precariousness and created new disruptions, thereby exposing the multidimensional structural underpinnings of migrants across various regional, international and class boundaries? 

Caregiving and Care Receiving Among Asian Indian Immigrants in the USA During the Covid 19 Pandemic (coauthored with Elizabeth Chacko, Paromita Sanyal and Bandana Purkayastha). Click here to access paper.

Papers in Progress

Retelling Migrant Precarity: Analyzing Indian worker experiences during Covid-19 across space and time. (Paper in progress)

Conference presentations in 2023

Long Tail of Covid-19, ASA, Philadelphia, 2023

Reflections on the Pandemic Conference, Kolkata July 26th, 2023

Research team

Soma Chaudhuri (PI)

Elizabeth Chacko (Co-PI)

Bandana Purkayastha (Co-PI)

Paromita Sanyal (Consultant)

Anandhi Shanmugasundaram (Consultant)

Jaita Talukdar (Consultant)

Anand Venkatesh (Consultant)

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