Dr. Amrita Datta
Address: Classen-Kappelmann Str. 24
Dr. Amrita Datta is a Postdoctoral Associate at the Global South Studies Centre, University of Cologne. Between October, 2020 and March, 2021, she was the moderator of the web-talk series on Covid-Mobility interface titled “Corona Conversations: Mobility in a (post)Covid Future”. Supported by the DAAD and hosted by the GSSC, this digital interface engaged with questions like what are the human(e) costs of restricted mobility as a control mechanism of Covid? How does Covid 19 impact the future migration, mobility and transnationality trends? Does Covid fundamentally change the pattern of future mobility forever? How does one negotiate between the need to migrate and the need to protect against the contagion? Earlier, Datta earned a doctoral degree in Sociology from the Centre for the Study of Social Systems, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. Her research focus includes Indo-German migration, transnational migration, gender and migration, social impacts of Covid-19 on international labour migration, and the political economy of the Covid-19 pandemic. Presently, she is working on her monograph on the experiences of social exclusion and inclusion for the Indian high-skilled migrants in Germany. Most of her publications are based on her doctoral and postdoctoral research experiences on the Indian communities in Germany. Presently, she is conducting a project on the social impacts of Covid-19 on the Indian communities in Germany, supported by the DAAD.
Future of Migration, Covid-Mobility Interface, Gender and Migration, Indo-German Migration, Transnational Labour Migration, Diaspora, High-skilled Migrants, Mobility, Globalization, Ethnography, Practice Theory, Qualitative Research Methods
- 2017- present Opinion pieces on media and politics in India: countercurrents.org and NewsClick
- 2021 (accepted) Datta, A., Can Blue Collar Migrants Survive City Lives Amidst Covid-19?: A Conversation with Nina Glick Schiller, Transcience: A Journal of Global Studies, Vol. 12, Issue 1, 2021
- 2021 (Under review) Datta, A., Indo-German Transnationalism: Between Place-making and ‘Homing’ (tentative), Palgrave Macmillan, London
- 2020 Datta, A., Does Covid-19 Facilitate New Migration: Exploring a Fast-expanding Indian Diaspora in Germany, Boasblog/Witnessing Corona, doi: https://boasblogs.org/witnessingcorona/does-covid-19-facilitate-new-migration/
- 2019 Datta, A., Undervalued Dissent: Informal Workers’ Politics in India (by Manjusha Nair) in International Sociology, Volume: 34 issue: 2, pp. 175-178
- 2017 Datta, A., Mediascape and Identity Reproduction and Sustenance: A Case of Indian Guest-workers in Germany, Journal of Media Critique, Vol 3, Issue 12, pp. 213-225
- 2016 Datta, A., Ethnoscape-Financescape Interface: Work Space Experiences for Indian Guest-Workers in Germany, Transcience: A Journal of Global Studies, Vol.6, Issue 1, March, pp. 51-68
- 2016 Soyler, T., Basu, A., Datta, A., Hindistan'dan tanıdık bir hikâye, Birikim Dergisi, Vol. 10, pp. 106-114
- 2014 Datta, A., The Left Debacle in Lok Sabha 2014: A Critical Overview, Mainstream Weekly, Vol. LII, No.25, pp. 51-57
- 2014 Datta, A., ‘Adda’ as the Locale of Bengali Public Sphere: From Coffee House to Barista, West Bengal Sociological Review, Volume III, pp. 17-25
Social Impacts of the Covid-19 Pandemic on the Indian Communities in Germany: Locating the Transnational Practices (DAAD, Since 2021)
This project estimates the social impacts of the Coronavirus pandemic on the future of a fast growing Indian diaspora in Germany. The social implications are captured in their transnational practices connecting the home country with the host society. The project asks three questions – what are the social impacts of the contagion on the existing Indian diaspora in Germany?, how are those impacts manifested?, and how does the contagion and its immediate impact condition the future of Indian diaspora in Germany? The project is embedded on three assumptions – firstly, migration and mobility are visibly impacted by the spread of the contagion, secondly, the world is henceforth divided into pre-Covid, Covid and post-Covid times, and thirdly, post-Covid time entails post-Covid social realities hitherto unknown to human civilizations; hence in need of immediate explorations. Drawing a corollary, the primary objective of this project is to explore how the Covid and post-Covid conditions are going to inform the future of migration, mobility and transnationalism. Since the social impact of the contagion on migration and mobility are both immediate and far reaching, this is envisaged as a long term project, with its first phase being carried out at the moment.