For information about the conference, please visit www.iasfmconference.org.
Program (December 17)
Our host for the 14th IASMF Conference will be the Mahanirban Calcutta Research Group (MCRG).
Born as a facilitating group in support of the peace movement in West Bengal – particularly during the Third Joint Conference of the Pakistan-India People’s Forum for Peace and Democracy, an unprecedented public gathering of 400 peace activists of the sub-continent for 4 days in Calcutta in 1996 – the MCRG is now known as the Calcutta Research Group (CRG). The founders were a group of researchers, trade unionists, feminist thinkers and women’s rights campaigners, academics, journalists, and lawyers. This was to be a forum for policy discussion and analysis on issues of democracy, human rights, peace, and justice.
Developing as a forum of mostly young public activists and socially committed researchers, CRG is now well-known for its research, dialogues, and advocacy work. It has carved out a niche for itself in the scholar-activist world for its policy studies on autonomy, human rights, women’s dignity, issues of forced displacement and migration, peace and conflict resolution, citizenship, borders and border-conflicts, and other themes relevant to democracy. The emphasis that CRG places on the East and the Northeast in its research and dialogues has now resulted in a strong network of scholars, activists, and institutions in the region.
For more information about the MCRG, please visit the website www.mcrg.ac.in.