We were lucky to have a very fascinating talk recently by visiting Indian scholar Ranabir Samaddar, who is the Director of the Calcutta Research Group (CRG) in Kolkata, India. Samaddar’s talk was titled “Returning to the History of 19th and Early 20th Century Immigration.” Professor Samaddar focused on the history of migration and immigration in the 19th and early 20th century, with special emphasis on the period from around 1875 until 1925. The talk covered a wide range of materials, including Chinese migrants working on the early US railways. His talk was followed up with responses from Victoria Hattam, Professor of Politics at The New School for Social Research (NSSR), Paula Banerjee, who is currently a visiting professor from the University of Calcutta and also a member of the Calcutta Research Group, and Mark Frazier, who also teaches in the Politics Dept at NSSR and is one of ICI’s two Academic Directors.
In case you missed this exiting event you can listen to the audio below.
In case you missed our recent public event with University of Paris VIII economics professor Kostas Vergopoulos and moderator and GPIA Director Michael Cohen, not to worry. Professor Vergopoulos’ talk focused on China as a major economic power in the international community and the future of global stability.
His central argument was that China has a huge savings surplus, but with minimal foreign direct investment (FDI) and limited domestic consumption, thus leading to what he called a “sterilization” of global currency. In other words, by withdrawing money from the global economy and not putting it back into circulation through investing abroad, China is contributing to further economic stagnation, even while this would seem to be harming China in the process–for example by not re-valuating its currency in relation to the dollar.
You can listen to the audio of the full talk and discussion following the event below.