Bandita Sijapati to Discuss Migrant Bodies, Migrant Deaths: Political Production and Management of Workers’ Fatalities
On Thursday, April 27th, the South Asia Center is pleased to host Bandita Sijapati to discuss Migrant Bodies, Migrant Deaths: Political Production and Management of Workers’ Fatalities. Sijapati’s talk is co-sponsored by the Social Sciences PhD Program. Bandita Sijapati is a Visiting Scholar at the University of Oxford Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS). Her talk will address the deaths of Nepali migrants. With 1,600 Nepalis leaving the country on a daily basis for employment abroad, the remittances they send back home comprise some 30 percent of Nepal’s Gross Domestic Product. However, this income is often at a great personal cost to these workers, including high rates of fatality. In this presentation, Sijapati examines the politics and struggles over livelihoods, lives, and deaths of Nepali migrant workers. She will focus particularly on how the dead bodies of migrant workers are experienced and deployed in the contestation and articulation of state authority and power. The lecture will take place in 341 Eggers Hall at 12:30PM.