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London Ruby Rana, MA-IIC, IET, BA Marie Curie Initial Training Network European Union's Diasporic Constructions of Home and Belonging (CoHaB) Project Department of English, University of Mumbai


Ruby Rana, MA-IIC, IET, BA Marie Curie Initial Training Network European Union's Diasporic Constructions of Home and Belonging (CoHaB) Project Department of English, University of Mumbai

       

     

~Participate in London~

Hello, my name is Ruby Rana. I am working on a PhD at the University of Mumbai as an Early Stage Researcher with the European Union’s, Marie Curie funded, international research project entitled “Diasporic Constructions of Home and Belonging” (CoHaB). I am researching the representation of cultural identity and lived experience with a focus on literature and film. I am looking to engage in discussions on these topics with my fellow members of the Indian diaspora. When referring to the ‘Indian diaspora’ I mean people with a common ancestral homeland, in this case India, where at some point these ancestors left India in order to settle in other parts of the world. In other words, the Indian diaspora is the Indian community that has migrated and settled outside of India. International research on the Contemporary Indian diaspora

What & How --- There are many stories about the Indian diaspora and I am looking at what these stories are communicating, how they are received and I am interested in exploring the different directions they can take. I am curious to know what you think, how you receive such stories in films and novels, and what concerns you have regarding works that are communicated to a larger audience. In 2013 I will hold 2 or 3 group conversations where in each session the group watches a film together (1 to 1.5 hours) with a semi-structured discussion for 1 hour afterwards. In 2014 I will conduct one-to-one interviews between each participant and the researcher (1 hour per interview; minimum of 2 interviews) to explore lived experiences and 1-2 selected novels. One-to-one interviews will be prompted by few prepared questions from the researcher. Who --- If you don’t see yourself in the criteria listed below and still are interested in being in touch you are welcome to contact me; I would be interested in your insights and suggestions on future research topics. I’m looking to engage with the wisdom of your experiences – as we all have things to share and learn. Participant Criteria: • • • • • •

Have ancestors from India (one or both parents) Born in England Between the ages of 25 to 40 years old Second Generation (your parents emigrated from their previous homeland and settled in England, which is where you were born) Currently living in London, England (including Greater London) Available to meet 2-3 times in London between July 10-17, 22 & 23 of 2013, & tentatively Winter 2014

Please note that this EU Marie Curie CoHaB project supports the practice of protection of privacy and of personal data for participants in this project. You should be aware that even if you agree to participate, by signing the consent form provided to you at the start of your involvement, you are free to withdraw at any time. About the Researcher --- I am one of twelve people worldwide that have been selected to work as a CoHaB Early Stage Researcher. The research topic is my own and I am very enthusiastic about the work I am doing within the Indian diaspora. Please send all emails to rubyrana@cohab.mu.ac.in and cohabproject@hotmail.com More about myself and my project: http://www.itn-cohab.eu/team/researchers , http://www.itn-cohab.eu/projects  


Ruby Rana, MA-IIC, IET, BA Marie Curie Initial Training Network European Union's Diasporic Constructions of Home and Belonging (CoHaB) Project Department of English, University of Mumbai

       

     

Questionnaire This brief 2-page questionnaire is to help the researcher get to know you better, and organize potential research meetings accordingly. This information is strictly for research purposes and will not be used in any way outside of this research project. Kindly email completed questionnaires to rubyrana@cohab.mu.ac.in and cohabproject@hotmail.com

Biographical and Familial Information: Name

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Age

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Where were you born?

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Where were you raised?

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What do you do for work/how do you spend a typical day? (i.e. student, parent, professional career)? Where are your parents from (i.e. country and region)? With which cultural and linguistic group(s) do you and your family identify? When did your parents come to England?

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Scheduling: If you are in London, are you free to meet twice, if not three times, between July 1017, 22 and 23, 2013? If so, when?

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Residence: What area in London do you currently live? Have you lived in any other towns/cities/countries between birth and now? If so where?

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Ruby Rana, MA-IIC, IET, BA Marie Curie Initial Training Network European Union's Diasporic Constructions of Home and Belonging (CoHaB) Project Department of English, University of Mumbai

       

     

Films and Fiction: How frequently do you watch films or read novels that relate to cultural identity and the Indian community in England? Do you have any favorite films or novels, or have any that stick out in your mind?

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Relationship with India: Have you been to India before?

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If yes, when and how was your experience(s)? If not, why?

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What do you think of when you think of the Indian diaspora (a.k.a. the Indian communities that exist outside of India)? What do you think of when you think of the Indian diaspora (a.k.a. the Indian communities that exist outside of India)?

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How would you define yourself in relation to the Indian diaspora (i.e. do you feel like you “belong” to the Indian diaspora)?

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Extras: What do you hope to contribute/gain from participating in this research? If an audio-recording of the group meeting is required, would you be comfortable with this? Do you have any questions for the researcher? If yes, please list. Your contact information (email would be best)

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