TMYS Review March 2022


in collaboration with


                                                        . University of Victoria




For  the year 2021-22  TMYS Review is working on the theme of Migration, Displacement and Resettlement.

The series began with Ambition Based Migration by the Indian diaspora in collaboration with the University of Birmingham; followed by Floods Driven Displacement of Victims in collaboration with Environmental Humanities Center, Amsterdam. For December 2021 we are working on Women's Resettlement in association with the Oxford University Press.


TMYS Review March 2022 will explore Forced Migration, focussing on three sub-themes:

(i) Armed Conflict and Violence

(ii) Pandemic 

(iii) Human trafficking. 



Call for Submissions   

Stories, Poems and Essays on


Based on any of the three sub-themes defined above.






Migration or movement of people from one place to another has been taking place since time immemorial. In fact, migration is as old as humanity. While voluntary migration or ambition-based migration can largely be dependent on pull factors such as prospect of better economic opportunities or a better life in a new territory, forced migration is a result of push factors such as armed conflict, situations of generalised violence, political intolerance, racism, religious persecution, natural or man-made disasters, hunger, pandemic, gross violation of human rights, and in some cases, human trafficking. Glossary on Migration (International Organization for Migration, 2019) says that forced migration is “a migratory movement which, although the drivers can be diverse, involves force, compulsion, or coercion”.

TMYS Review March 2022, under the current theme of Migration-Displacement-Resettlement, seeks to explore and understand the niceties of Migration from the perspective of Forced Migration with focus on three sub themes, namely 

(i) Armed Conflict and Violence

(ii) Pandemic 

(iii) Human trafficking. 

Under the scope of the project, we will organize PANEL DISCUSSIONS (listed below) with secondary respondents who have served as witnesses to, or have worked extensively on such issues falling under the three sub-themes listed above. The esteemed speakers will include scholars, professors, researchers, journalists, lawyers, authors and other professionals who have minutely studied the history, culture, occurrence, circumstances, and motive of the moral gatekeepers, the rule-setters, the victims and the criminals, and more, as the case may be. This project endeavours to add to the existing body of study materials on this subject, from the contemporary perspective.




1. Youth engagement with a network of entities that have researched or contributed towards exposing the factors causing social discrimination and dysfunctionalities.

2. To curate critical insights for global learning and inspiration on the social, political and personal dynamics of Forced Migration in response to the world they inhabit.

3. Invite attention towards the cruelty inflicted upon citizens, leaving them vulnerable and scarred for generations, impacting the society, the economy, the present and future of countries. 



1. TMYS Review March 2022 invites essays, short stories or poems on the mentioned theme; the submission must cater to one of the sub-themes.

2. Solo and panel discussions on the sub-themes will be hosted live on TMYS social media.  

Please scroll below for DIGITAL CONVERSATIONS for the titles and the delegate speakers.

3. Submissions citing one or more discussions from the DIGITAL CONVERSATION/S for information and inputs will carry additional weightage.

4.  A collection of short stories, essays and poems selected by the Global South Colloquium, University of Victoria, will be published in TMYS Review March 2022.

5. The compilation of TMYS Review March 2022 will reach all the delegate speakers engaged in the project and will also reach the digital libraries of the colleges/universities through the professors.
6. The profits from TMYS Review March 2022 will be distributed equally among all winning contributors. 
7. Selected contributors will be notified via email. Excerpts from the selected stories and essays will be highlighted on social media in March/April 2022. Other than sending email intimations, all winners will be announced in March 2022 on the social media handles of TMYS: FacebookLinkedinTwitterInstagram.

8. Three winning contributions will receive a Certificate of Excellence from the Global South Colloquium, University of Victoria.

9. Two selected contributors will be in a digital panel with Dr. Neilesh Bose, Associate Professor & Canada Research Chair (History), Chair for the Global South Colloquium, University of Victoria, to discuss Research & Writing on Forced Migration.



About THE Global South Colloquium:

The Global South Colloquium series centres the Global South into ongoing conversations about the making of the modern world, posing the Global South as a starting point for  discussions about the world-system, its contours, inequities, and sources of power, not organized by geography but placement within global histories and practices.

Says Dr. Neilesh Bose -  Canada Research Chair, Global & Comparative History, University of Victoria,"As a historian of globalization as well as a historian of South Asia and its diasporas, I eagerly look forward to engagement with topic of Forced Migration ​from the widest and most comprehensive analytical angles as possible, from the intensely localized vantage points of lived experiences to large-scale dimensions of war, displacement, disease, and conflict."



TMYS Facebook LIVE with global thought-leaders. Topics, Date/Time & Speakers are listed below.



1. Identity Crisis & Reconstruction: Consequence of Migration due to Partition

The issue of identity fragmentation encountered by the people who migrate during partition; and their attempt to reconstruct a new identity after resettlement.

SPEAKERS:  Anindita Ghoshal Binod Khadria Anjali Enjeti Pippa Virdee 


2. Psychological Trauma: A Scarring Aftermath of Forced Migration

The traumatic psychological effects that befall migrants who are forced to leave their homeland during war or conflict situations.

SPEAKERS:  Giorgia Doná Ankur Datta  Khushboo Mattoo


3. Conflict and Relocation: A Menace for Women and Children

The effects of forced migration on the lives of women and children.

SPEAKERS:  Tazreena Sajjad Anna Ball Margaret Ravenscroft  


4. Forced Migration and its Impact on Host Communities

The effects of war, partition and forced migration on the host country and the resultant response of the host communities.

SPEAKERS:  Sekhar Bandyopadhyay Somjyoti Mridha


5. Violence and Exodus: Representation of Migration in Literature and Cinema

How successfully literature and cinema have illustrated partition and exodus, migration and their effects on people and culture.

SPEAKERS:  Ira Bhaskar  Pranjal Borah  Siddhartha Gigoo


6. War and Resettlement: The Strenuous Journey of Disabled Refugees

The effects of war and forced migration on disabled refugees and the barriers faced by them while resettling in a new land.

SPEAKERS:  Jill Rosenthal Pankaj Jyoti  Ron McCallum Mansha Mirza




  1. Pandemic and the National 'Exodus'

How the pandemic has uprooted and dislocated millions of people - be it the migrant labourers, or white collar professionals.

SPEAKERS:  Arup Mitra Archana Patnaik Kota Neelima


  1. Children in the Pandemic and the Defeat of Dreams

How children from low-income families are being compelled to make a reverse journey from the path to progress and how dangerous it is for a society, an economy, a country and a civilization.

SPEAKERS:  Samina Hadi-Tabassum Tabassum Barnagarwala Saurabh Taneja


  1. Pandemic, Migration, and Mental Health

The psychological repercussions of the sudden displacement caused by the loss of lives, livelihoods, or standards of living.

SPEAKER:  Rahul Patley  Puneet Srivastava  Soumitra Shankar Datta


  1. Have Men Really Come Home?

Men's migration to embrace the domestic, and to what extent and for how long it has happened.

SPEAKERS:  Niladri R. Chatterjee Sourav Banerjee Protim Sharma


  1. Pandemic and Prostitution

How loss of employment is contributing to a surge in prostitution and other such alternate employments. 

SPEAKERS:  Sharvari Karandikar Taha Yasseri


  1. Front-line Workers in the Pandemic

Physical and psychological migration of the medical fraternity, retail delivery professionals, and others to work around the clock during the pandemic, and how they were subjected to 'social distancing'. 

SPEAKERS:  Ramaswamy Giridharan Puja Changoiwala Dr.  Roshan R.  Dr. Niranjan Setty




1. Anti-trafficking Legislations - A Review of Intervention & Prevention Programs.

The disparity between governmental laws and policies for the safeguarding of victims of trafficking and their implementation on ground.

SPEAKERS:  P.M. Nair Veerendra Mishra  Kaushik Gupta


2.  Sexual Slavery - Exploitation of Female & Minors in Trafficking

The issue of sex trafficking, its surrounding abolitionist discourse and the double exploitation of women and children.

SPEAKERS:  Ruchira Gupta Rekha Pande Biswajit Ghosh


3. Human Trafficking and Mental Health - Consequences of Trauma and Beyond.

The psychological consequences of significant human rights violations and mental disorders such as anxiety, depression, panic disorder, suicidal tendencies, substance abuse and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

SPEAKERS:  Andreas Hamburger Cornelius Katona Uma Chatterjee 


4.  Child Trafficking - Investigating the Complex Cycle of Abuse.

The aspects of child trafficking, its causes, prevention, and laws especially keeping India’s north-east in focus.

SPEAKERS:  Ajailiu Niumai Satya Prakash Hasina Kharbhih


5. Profits and Poverty - Understanding the Economics of Labour Trafficking

The idea behind trafficking for coerced labour, also known as ‘modern day slavery’ from an economic perspective.

SPEAKERS:  William Gois Jill Hanley Julia N O’Connell Davidson  Susan Kneebone


6.  LGBTQ+ Communities & Trafficking - Victim Vulnerabilities and Discrimination.

LGBTQ+ vulnerabilities to human trafficking from a socio-cultural perspective and understanding how trafficking legislations disproportionately prosecute the queer community.

SPEAKER:  Rachana Mudraboyina









1. TMYS Review invites short stories, poems or essays on the above-mentioned theme. All submissions to TMYS Review that do not follow the guidelines will be rejected.

2. The submissions MUST justify either or more of the sub-themes mentioned above. The content doesn't need to restrict to Indian situations. We welcome contributions on and from other parts of the world.

3. Selected submissions will be published in TMYS Review March 2022.

4. The contributors are free to refer to our digital conversations with the delegates (details above). At the end of the submission files, the citation must mention the referred talks if consulted.

(Submissions with such citations will carry greater weightage for selection/recognition.)

5. The short stories could be fiction or nonfiction, 1200-2000 words.

The essays should be 2500-3000 words. Essay submissions should be accompanied by an Abstract (no more than 300 words). Works cited in essays should follow MLA8 format.

Submission upto 5 poems will be accepted against each registration.

6. Only original and previously unpublished work will be considered.


8. All submissions should be accompanied with the bio-brief (around 150 words) and photograph of the author.

9. All submissions should be in word files, to be attached and emailed to tmysreview@gmail.com; while making a submission, mention in the subject line <the title of the essay/story/poem, name of the delegate speaker in citation (if it applies) and March 2022.

10. All submissions should use Calibri/Times New Roman, font size 12; font size 16 for headings and font size 14 for sub headings if any. Line spacing : 1.5.

11. A participation fee of INR 200/- (USD 3) will be charged per contribution. This is a  non-refundable fee, but we will do our best to cooperate in case you have made an error that can be corrected to help you resubmit.  In each such case, our decision will be final.

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Post making the payment, please send a mail at tmysreview@gmail.com to register yourself.

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12. Simultaneous/multiple submissions are accepted, with the same fee for each submission.

13. Decision of the Project Delegate/s, the Project Team and the Editors will be final.

14. Contact for Queries : write QUERIES in subject line and send us an email at tmysreview@gmail.com; we apologise in advance for not responding to obvious or irrelevant queries.