Launch | Indian Migration and Empire: A Colonial Geneology of the Modern State by Radhika Mongia

September 13, 2018 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Theatre Centre
1115 Queen St W
Toronto, ON M6J 1J1
Another Story Bookshop

Launch of Radhika Mongia’s (Sociology) Indian Migration and Empire: A Colonial Geneology of the Modern State (Duke University Press, 2018)

Featuring a panel discussion with Radhika Mongia, Bhavani Raman (University of Toronto), Nandita Sharma (University of Hawai’i) and Alissa Trotz (University of Toronto)

How did states come to monopolize control over migration? What do the processes that produced this monopoly tell us about the modern state? In Indian Migration and Empire, Radhika Mongia provocatively argues that the formation of colonial migration regulations was dependent upon, accompanied by, and generative of profound changes in normative conceptions of the modern state. Focused on state regulation of colonial Indian migration between 1834 and 1917, Mongia illuminates the genesis of central techniques of migration control. She shows how important elements of current migration regimes, including the notion of state sovereignty as embodying the authority to control migration, the distinction between free and forced migration, the emergence of passports, the formation of migration bureaucracies, and the incorporation of kinship relations into migration logics, are the product of complex debates that attended colonial migrations.

By charting how state control of migration was critical to the transformation of a world dominated by empire-states into a world dominated by nation-states, Mongia challenges positions that posit a stark distinction between the colonial state and the modern state to trace aspects of their entanglements.

Free – all are welcome. Copies of the book available for purchase!

Venue is fully wheelchair accessible. For more information contact: 416-462-1104 or visit

The launch is presented by Another Story Bookshop and co-sponsored by the following units at York University: York Centre for Asian Research, Centre for Feminist Research, Centre for Refugee Studies, Department of Sociology, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, Graduate Program in Sociology, and the Institute for Feminist Legal Studies (Osgoode Hall Law School).


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