Punjab Research Group

IDEAS: IMPERATIVE FOR DEVELOPMENT

Posted in Articles by Pippa on March 26, 2009

Please find attached an article by Dr Gursharan Singh Kainth

Director, GAD Institute of Development Studies, 14-Preet Avenue, Majitha Road, PO Naushera, Amritsar 143008 (India)

 

Human welfare depends on ideas. The range is impressive, from meditation to medication and everything in between. The germ theory of disease to the notion that speciation is a consequence of natural selection to the theory of computation to the grand unified theories of the origin of the universe to the notion that the mind and the body are a unity and that they interact and influence each other—all are ideas which have consequences for the well being of people.  Over human history, some humans have had ideas on how to do things based on discoveries they or their forbearers made. As the stock of ideas grew, so did the ability of humans to create stuff out of available raw materials increased. Full article in pdf: ideas

 

Pakistan militants strengthen in heartland By Chris Brummitt

Posted in Articles by Pippa on March 26, 2009

BAHAWALPUR, Pakistan (AP) — The compound bore no sign. Residents referred to it simply as the school for “jihadi fighters,” speaking in awe of the expensive horses stabled within its high walls — and the extremists who rode them bareback in the dusty fields around it. In classrooms nearby, teachers drilled boys as young as 8 in an uncompromising brand of Islam that called for holy war against enemies of the faith. Sitting cross-legged on the floor of the Dar-ul-uloom Madina school, they rocked back and forth as they recited sections of the Quran, Islam’s holy book.

 

Both facilities are run by an al-Qaida-linked terror network, Jaish-e-Mohammed, in the heart of Pakistan, hundreds of miles from the Afghan border that is the global focus of the fight against terrorism. Their existence raises questions about the government’s pledge to crack down on terror groups accused of high-profile attacks in Pakistan and India, and ties to global terror plots.

 

Authorities say militant groups in Punjab are increasingly sending out fighters to Afghanistan and the border region, adding teeth to an insurgency spreading across Pakistan that has stirred fears about the country’s stability and the safety of its nuclear weapons.

 

To read full article: http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gvs-qnwlwy-lPuv5mJP-VNaLf5cwD9740F500

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Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi – show with eminent painter Paramjit Singh

Posted in Events by Pippa on March 25, 2009

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Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi

(Chandigarh Academy of Fine Art)

Cordially invites you to

a Slide Show and Interactive Session

with eminent painter

Paramjit Singh

at Auditorium, Government Museum and Art Gallery

Sector 10 C, Chandigarh 160 010, India

on March 31, 2009

at 5.15 pm

  Diwan Manna

Chairman

Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi

State Library, Sector 34 A, Chandigarh 160 022, India

Tel: +91- (0) 172 2620 448, E: chandigarhlka@gmail.com

 

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The slow demise of a proud nation By Shahan Mufti – GlobalPost

Posted in Articles by Pippa on March 24, 2009

With each act of terrorism, cultural life in Pakistan suffers another deadly blow.

Published: March 23, 2009

 

LAHORE — Pakistan’s second city, widely considered to be the country’s cultural capital, is undergoing gradual but unsettling change.

 

For hundreds if not thousands of years a bastion of social and cultural life for not only the region but the world, the city has become a soft target for those who disagree with the Pakistani government and its policies, or with society at large.

 

Terrorists and militants no longer see a reason to limit their attacks to security forces and government institutions and they now increasingly see value in targets of deep cultural significance.  

Ayeda Naqvi, a writer based in Lahore says she believes such attacks “aren’t just isolated acts of terrorism.”

 

In November last year, Naqvi was at the “Al-Hamra” open air theater in Lahore to see her favorite mystical Pakistani folk singer perform at the World Performing Arts Festival. The festival which showcased Pakistani artists and others from around the world was attacked with handful of planted bombs on its final night. Such acts of terrorism are “part of a larger effort to wipe the slate of Pakistani culture clean,” Naqvi said.

 

For full article: http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/pakistan/090312/the-slow-demise-proud-nation

PhD fellowship at the Faculty of Humanities under ‘Asian Dynamics Initiative’

Posted in PhD Studentship by Pippa on March 24, 2009

Applicants are invited to submit proposals for a three-year PhD fellowship under the Asian Dynamics Initiative (ADI) at the University of Copenhagen. The PhD fellow will be enrolled at the Faculty of Humanities´ Graduate School and employed at the Faculty of Humanities. The PhD fellow will be affiliated with the Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies. Expected date of appointment is 1 September 2009.

The PhD fellow will also be affiliated with the Asian Dynamics Initiative, a new cross-faculty Asia focus at the University of Copenhagen. ADI aims at coordinating existing research and teaching on Asia as well as creating a common platform for interdisciplinary Asian studies. Seven research fields have been identified as anchor points for cutting edge research and teaching between the Social Sciences and the Humanities. The PhD project should relate to at least one of the designated research fields of the ADI which are:

1. Knowledge in transit
2. Security at global and local levels
3. Borders, territorialisation and regionalization
4. Belonging, citizenship and identities
5. Local responses to global challenges
6. The economics of the Asian challenge
7. Political institutions and culture

More information on ADI and the research fields at http://asiandynamics.ku.dk/english/

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Ph.D. Fellowship on Migration and Global Inequality

Posted in PhD Studentship by Pippa on March 24, 2009

The Graduate School at the Faculty of Humanities at University of Copenhagen, Denmark invites applications for a joint Ph.D. fellowship between the Faculty of Humanities, the Danish Institute of International Affairs, Copenhagen and the Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation.

The PhD Fellowship is awarded within the area of “Migration and global inequality” and is expected to be enrolled at the Graduate School at the Faculty of Humanities from Sep. 1, 2009. The PhD program is a three year program.

Proposals should explore the double process of flow and closure of globalization; the relationship between flows in terms of migration, instability, movement on the one hand, and attempts to fix these flows in terms of control and governing on the other. Furthermore, both empirical and normative aspects of these processes should be explored – just as fieldwork is encouraged.

 

For further information contact Nils Holtug, Centre for the Study of Equality and Multiculturalism, Department of Media, Cognition and Communication, tel. +45 35 32 88 81, e-mail nhol@hum.ku.dk , web: http://cesem.ku.dk/ and http://mef.ku.dk/, Njalsgade 80, DK-2300 Copenhagen S, Denmark.

The PhD fellow will also be affiliated with The Danish Research School in Philosophy, History of Ideas and History of Science, web: http://www.phis.ruc.dk/

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116 Arts and Humanities Research Council Postgraduate Awards across 16 Disciplines

Posted in Funding opportunities, PhD Studentship by Pippa on March 24, 2009

The University of Birmingham is pleased to announce its success in the Arts and Humanities Research Council  Block Grant Partnership Bid, and has been awarded 116 doctoral and masters awards over five years in the following discipline areas;

Archaeology, Classics and Ancient History, Cultural Studies, Dance Drama and Performing Arts, English Language and Literature, European Language and Culture, Film Digital Media and Production, French Language and Culture, German Language and Culture, History, History of Art Architecture and Design, Iberian and Latin American Language and Culture, Italian Language and Culture, Music, Philosophy, and Religious Studies.

 

For the 2009-2010 Academic year, 23 AHRC awards are available in 11 discipline areas. For details: http://www.as.bham.ac.uk/study/support/admin/pgr/PGScholarships-CAL.shtml

 

The closing date for receipt of applications is 27th March 2009

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Scholarships in the PhD/Doctoral Programmes of the Graduate Program of Transcultural Studies

Posted in News/Information, PhD Studentship by Pippa on March 24, 2009

A new Round of Applications  for 16 Scholarships in the PhD/Doctoral Programmes of the Graduate Program of Transcultural Studies (GPTS) of the Excellence Cluster “Asia and Europe in a Global Context” at  Heidelberg University has been opened. The Scholarships will start in the Winter Term 2009/2010. Students of Indology with a transcultural interest are also invited to apply.

You are asked to register before you can fill in the application form. Only applications submitted via the online application system will be considered. Applications by mail or e-mail will not be eligible.

Deadline for Application is May 1st 2009.

For further information see: http://www.asia-europe.uni-heidelberg.de/Plone/graduate-programme

 

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Screening of ‘Rabba Hun Ki Kariye’

Posted in Events, Film by Pippa on March 20, 2009

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In their ‘Nashisht’ Series 

Impresario Asia invites you to the screening of a documentary on the partition memories

RABBA HUN KI KARIYE (THUS DEPARTED OUR NEIGHBOURS)

A film by Ajay Bhardwaj

 

The screening will be followed by an interactive session with the director  

DATE:  Wednesday 25th March 2009

TIME:  7.00 p.m.

VENUE: Gulmohar, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi

 

R.S.V.P.

Pramilla Chhabra                                       K.K. Kohli

 2462-1685                                              98107-23979

COURTESY: DELHI DIARY

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South Asian Experiences of the World Wars: New Evidence and New Approaches

Posted in Conferences by Pippa on March 20, 2009

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THE SINGH TWINS: Art in Motion

Posted in Events by Pippa on March 20, 2009

 

Please find attached details of the forthcoming exhibition by The Singh Twins which is on 27 March – 24 May 2009 at Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum. singhtwins_private-view_web

Private View Thursday 26 March, 6–7.30pm

Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum

Royal Pump Rooms, The Parade, Leamington Spa, CV32 4AA

Tel: 01926 742700

www.warwickdc.gov.uk/royalpumprooms

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DARBAR INTERNATIONAL SOUTH ASIAN MUSIC FESTIVAL APRIL 2009

Posted in Events, Music by Pippa on March 20, 2009

darbarThe largest festival of Indian classical music outside of India comes to London – which Songlines magazine has described as ‘Britain’s best festival of south Asian music’.

Over three packed days, world-renowned artists present an intoxicating mixture of serenely meditative and stunning improvisations from the worlds of Hindustani and Carnatic music in morning, afternoon and evening concerts.

The line-up of 40 maestros includes Rahul Sharma on santoor, Tejendra Majumdar on sarod, vocalist Ashwini Bhide and the prestigious Kumar Bose on tabla from northern Indian tradition. Rare instruments include the Rabaab from Afganisatan and Jori percussion from Punjab.

From the Carnatic south, there is vocalist Aruna Sairam, Ganesh and Kumeresh on violin and Shashank on flute. UK talents include Sukhwinder Singh (Pinky) and Jessie Bannister on saxophone with Indo-Jazz fusion.

There is an exhibition of photographs by internationally acclaimed photographer, Arnhel De Serra in the Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer and several free events throughout the day.

 

For further information: http://www.darbar.org.uk/

or attached brochure: darbar-festival

 

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