This talk explores the various forms of belonging Indians experience and enact in Dubai, and the way they contribute to the stability of the UAE
Indians comprise the largest population in the UAE, and though many are second-, third-, or even fourth-generation residents, they cannot become legal citizens. Despite living in this state of permanent temporariness, they have developed entrenched diasporic communities and in many ways experience the city as an extension of the subcontinent. This talk explores the various forms of belonging Indians experience and enact in Dubai, and the way that they contribute both to the stability of Emirati national identity and to the country’s economic development.
Date: Monday December 1st, 2014
Time: 6:00 p.m.CIRS Conference Room
Georgetown University Building
The lecture will be followed by a reception
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About the Speaker: Neha Vora is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Lafayette College in the United States. Professor Vora’s research focuses on citizenship and belonging within the Gulf Arab States, particularly among South Asian diaspora populations. Her first book, Impossible Citizens: Dubai’s Indian Diaspora, was published in 2013 by Duke University Press. She is currently in Doha working on a project that investigates the impacts of knowledge economy transformation and American branch campus expansion on Qatar.