Virtual Talk with Dr. Chinmay Tumbe: “Migration and Pandemics”

Tuesday November 9, 2021
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Online via Zoom

The UBC Centre for Migration Studies 2021-22 Speaker Series presents:

“Migration and Pandemics” with Dr. Chinmay Tumbe

Tuesday, November 9, 2021
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM Pacific Time (PT)
Location: Online via Zoom
Free & open to the public. To register, fill out the RSVP form below.

Co-sponsored by the UBC Interdisciplinary Histories Research Cluster and the UBC Centre for India and South Asia Research


The migration crisis of 2020 unleashed by the lockdown to contain the Covid-19 crisis in India raised important questions about migration and health. This talk revolves around two books, one on migration and the other on pandemics, both written from a historical perspective. It engages with questions such as: What is the geography and history of migration in India? How did we forget past pandemics in India that claimed 40 million lives between 1817 and 1920 due to cholera, plague, and influenza? And how does such knowledge inform contemporary policymaking with respect to migration and pandemic management?


Chinmay Tumbe loves to laugh and learn. He is passionate about migration, cities and history, and is currently a faculty member in the Economics Area at the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad. An alumnus of the London School of Economics and Political Science, the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore; Ruia College, Mumbai; and Rishi Valley School, Madanapalle; he has been a faculty member at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Hyderabad. He was a 2013 Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute, Florence, and the 2018 Alfred D. Chandler Jr. International Visiting Scholar in Business History at Harvard Business School, Boston. His first book, India Moving: A History of Migration, was published in 2018 and second book The Age of Pandemics, 1817-1920: How they shaped India and the World, was published in 2020. He is a member of the The Lancet Covid-19 India Taskforce and was a member of the Working Group on Migration of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation in 2016-17. He has published widely in leading journals and newspapers and helped set up the IIMA Archives. 


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