We are seeking participants for a panel tentatively entitled “Arre Taxi! Taxi Drivers and the Politics of Labor and Work in South Asia and the Diaspora.” The panel is being proposed for the 40th Annual Conference on South Asia. The conference will be held on October 20-23, 2011 in Madison, WI.
The taxi is the quintessential urban symbol and arguably the taxi driver is a quintessential urban type. The taxi driver also embodies a very particular kind of place within the matrix of urban transport and urban labor. This panel will aim theorize the labor of taxi driving in South Asia and among South Asians in the diaspora within the larger context of urban working class formations and urban citizenship. Each of the papers will present ethnographic work to illuminate the everyday experience of South Asian taxi-drivers in various urban environments in South Asia and the diaspora. Through these interrogations it broadly seeks to explore the ways in which race, ethnicity, religion, and urbanization intersect with a very particular kind of work and the ways in which this work constitutes a very particular kind of political, and urban subject. We encourage submissions that explore these themes in cities across South Asia as well as from those working on migrations and labor practices among South Asian taxi drivers in other parts of the world.
All proposals must be submitted via email by March 30, 2011 to Tarini Bedi (firstname.lastname@example.org)
University of Chicago
5848 S. University Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637 Email: email@example.com
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