National / International Seminars / Conferences Attended:

Learning the Art of Begging, The International Congress of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES), New Delhi, 1978.

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Women and Development, Organised as a part of PP 21(People’s Plans for the 21st Century) Meeting in Bangkok during Ist to 5th Dec, 1992 also assisted in the formulation of recommendation of this meeting .

Attended International Conference, in the sessions on Urban Poor and on Women in PP21 Main Forum Meetings, during 6th to 9th December, 1992 at Chulalanka University, Bangkok, Thailand.

Attended and presented a paper Urbanisation and Ethnicity: A Study on Calcutta Metropolis, In the “Cities of 21st Century” Organised by Osmania University, Hyderabad, January1993

Invited and Presented a paper Migration, Urbanization and Ethnicity: The Indian Situation, In the 34th International Congress on Asian and North African Studies held at Hongkong University, Hongkong, August, 1993.

Contributed a paper in the International Seminar on Urban Environmental Issues organised by International Christian University, Tokyo, and International Commission on Urban Anthropology, 1995.

Attended and presented a paper Urbanisation and Ethnicity: A Study on Calcutta Metropolis, In the “Cities of 21st Century” Organised by Osmania University, Hyderabad, January1993

Attended and contributed paper in the conference on Ethnicity and Religion organised by Asian Resource Foundation, Bangkok, February 1997. My visit was sponsored by Asian Resource Foundation.

Attended and Contributed two papers in the 14th World Anthropological Congress held in U.S.A. 1998 including one in the plenary (City and Its Future), sponsored by International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences.

Attended and contributed a paper in the National Seminar – Disadvantaged People, held in March 1999 at Tribal Research Centre (TRC), Govt, of Tamilnadu, Ooty, sponsored by T.R.C. and Dr.Ambedkar Chair in Anthropology, C.U.

Attended and Contributed a paper at the International Seminar – Ethnicity-Communalism, Development-Globalization and Human Rights held in the Department of Anthropology, Calcutta University, March 2000.

Attended and Contributed a paper on Urban Poor in a seminar held in Dhaka, March 2000, organised and sponsored by Institute for Democratic Research.

Presented a paper on Urban Agriculture: Ecological and Economical Implications in the National Seminar on The Problems of Aged, Women, Weaker Section and Disabled held in Department of Anthropology, University of Calcutta, March 2000./p>

Organised a Session on Ethnicity and Urban Poor and contributed papers in two sessions in the International Seminar – Metropolitan Ethnic Cultures organised by China Urban Anthropological Association and International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences held in Beijing, China in July 2000.

Contributed and presented a paper Women and Patriarchy in Interfaith Conference on the Culture of Peace Organised by CARID, SLARTC of Calcutta, India, and Asian Resource Foundation, Bangkok, Oct.2000.

Attended and Contributed a paper Tribal Ethnicity in India: An Overview on Eastern India, organised and sponsored by Research and Development Collective, Dhaka, Bangladesh, May, 2001

Attended and Presented a paper on Homeless Population of India, at Central European University (CEU), Budapest, Hungery .2001

Invited and presented a paper on Globalization, the Aged and Struggle for Survival (jointly) in the International Seminar on Religion, Culture and Tourism held in Bali, Indonesia, January 2002.

Participated and Chaired a session in the National Seminar, “ Peoples of North Bengal and North East India” organised by Department of Anthropology, North Bengal University and Dr. Ambedkar Chair in Anthropology, Calcutta University held in February, 2004.

Organised a Session on Urban Agriculture and Urban Poor: Searching for An Alternative Survival Strategy in the IUAES Inter Congress, Kolkata, December, 2004.

Attended and Presented a paper (jointly), Health, Diseases and Treatment in Indigenous Communities: Science in Society as a part of the panel, Living Texts: Current Issues, Negotiations and Changes in Traditional Medicine in April 2006 at the University of Texas at Austin, USA.

Participated in the workshop on International Interfaith, Peace Forum, Universitas Islam Negeri Syarif Hidayatullah, Jakarta, Indonesia, November, 2006.

Presented a Paper, Immigrants and Cultural Diversity: Indian Context, in the Session Migration in China and Asian Pacific Region in the International Symposium on “Cultural Diversities and Contemporary World”, held at Sun Yat –Sen University, Guangzhou, China, November, 2006, a Preparatory Conference for the 16th International Congress of IUAES, held in 2008 in China.

Also Chaired Two Sessions in this Conference held in Sun Yat –Sen University, Guangzhou, PRC, November 2006.

Attended and Presented a paper (jointly) Tribal Ethnicity in North-East India: An Overview in the UGC National Conference on The Indigenous People in India: Identity, Empowerment and Discontent, held in West Medinipur, West Bengal, January, 2007.

Attended and Chaired two sessions at the Conference Samaj Bigyan Mahasammelam (in Bengali) held in Chittaranjan, West Bengal, January 2007.

Attended and Presented a paper Sharing Cultures: Indian Urban Context in the International Conference on Biological and Cultural Diversity in South and South East Asia and the Development Consequence held in Asiatic Society, Kolkata November, 2007.

Invited and attended a workshop on Peace in Multiethnic Asia, held in Asian Resource Foundation, Bangkok, Thailand, during 14-15 March, 2008.

Organized a session entitled “Urbanization and Urban Poor” in the International Congress of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (ICAES) held in Kunming, China during 27th – 31st July, 2009.

Organized a session entitled “Innovations and Enterprise Anthropology” in the International Congress of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (ICAES) held in Kunming, China during 27th – 31st July, 2009.

Attended and presented a paper entitled “Growth of Mega Cities and Decline of Small Town in India” in the International Conference of Itihas Academy held on 27 February, 2010 at the Asiatic Society of Bangladesh, Dhaka.

Attended and presented a paper entitled, Health and Urban Poor, in the National Seminar organized by the department of Anthropology, West Bengal State University, held on 31st March, 2010.

Organized a Session on Migration and Urbanization: Emerging Situation in Multiethnic Societies, IUAES Inter Congress held in Turkey, October 3-6, 2010

Participated in the Workshop for Assessment of Supplementary materials of BRAC Education for Ethnic Children Programme in Bangladesh, September, 2011.

Visited Centre De Investigations Y Estudios Superiores En Antropologia Social (CIESAS), Mexico and delivered a lecture on ‘Ethnicity and Urbanisation in India’ and interacted with the Faculties and Research Students on 7th February, 2012.

Presented a paper on “Health and Urban Poor with particular reference to Kolkata” in an International Conference held at EI Departamento de Antropologia, La Coordinacion de la Licenciatura en Anthtropologia Social, UAM Mexico, February, 2012.

Participated and delivered a lecture in a Conference on “Entrepreneurship in Indian Context: Forest, Rural, Urban and Global Perspectives” held in Departmento de Administration, Centro Universitario de Ciencias Economico Administrativas, Universidad de Guadalajara. Mexico, 14 February, 2012.

Attended and presented papers in the International Interdisciplinary Conference on’ Issues of Legitimacy: Entrepreneurial Culture, Corporate Responsibility and Urban Development’ held in Naples, Italy during 10-14 September, 2012.

Visited Centre De Investigaciones Y Estudios Superiores En Antropologia Social (CIESAS), Guadalajara. Mexico and delivered a lecture on ‘Urban poor’ and interacted with the Faculties and Research Students on 12th march, 2013

Organized a session “The urban poor and their struggle for survival: search for an alternative in livelihood (IUAES Commission on Urban Anthropology” by the International Union of Anthropological & Ethnological Sciences (IUAES) in the XVII ICAES Congress held in Manchester, U.K. in 2013.

Organized a session on “migration and urbanization: emerging situation in pluralistic societies (commission on urban anthropology)” by the International Union of Anthropological & Ethnological Sciences (IUAES) in the XVII ICAES Congress held in Chiba, Japan, 15-18 May, 2014.

Attended and presented a paper on “Growth of Mega Cities and Decline of Small Towns in India: When it demands attentions from Planners and Policy Makers”
Also Chaired a session in Kummins, Chaina held in 15th – 17th November, 2014.

Attended and presented a paper on “Urban Poor, Economic Opportunities and Sustainable Development through Traditional Knowledge and Practices” in 113th Annual Meeting, American Anthropological Association held in 3rd – 7th December, 2014, Washington D.C., USA.

Organized a session entitled "Migration and Urbanization: the Role of Ethnicity in the Contemporary World" in IUAES Inter-congress, July'15 Bangkok, Thailand

Organized a session entitled "Changing Scenario of Urban Poor: Emerging Economic Opportunities" Commission on Urban Anthropology: IUAES Inter-congress,May, 2016 Dubrovnik, Croatia

Others :

Ph.D Guide in Anthropology and Human Rights, University of Calcutta.

As International Observer of the General Election on Nepal (1999), visited Nepal in May 1999 and studied the election process sponsored by United Nations Electoral Assistance Secretariat and ANFREL.

Invited and Participated in the Summer University Course at Central European University, Budapest, Hungery in July 2001 on Poverty, Ethnicity, and Spatial Change, during July 9th to July 27th, 2001 (3 weeks course), My visit was sponsored by the CEU.

As International Observer visited Sri-Lanka in March 2004 and studied the election process sponsored by United Nations Electoral Assistance Secretariat, ANFREL, PAFREL.

Local Secretary of IUAES Inter Congress Kolkata, the 1st IUAES Inter Congress ever held in India, December, 12-15, 2004.

As Vice-President, Centre for Alternative Research in Development (CARID) initiated educational awareness and self help group projects among the backward scheduled caste and scheduled tribe women in remote rural areas of North 24 Parganas, West Bengal.

Convener, International Conference on Mega Urbanization and Human Rights: Emerging Challenges and Opportunities, February 14-16,2011 held in Kolkata sponsored by Commission on Urban Anthropology, Commission on Human Rights of IUAES, West Bengal State University and sponsored by Anthropological Survey of India, Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manab Sangrahalaya, Indian Museum, ICSSR, ICMR and CARID.

Two students have submitted PhD thesis under my guidance, one in Anthropology and other one in Human Rights.