Punjab Research Group

South Asian Studies webcast schedule Oct-Dec 2008

Posted in Events, News/Information by Pippa on October 30, 2008

Oct 28. Rafiq Dossani (Stanford University) disucsses his latest book, India Arriving. The discussant will be Pradeep Chhibber (University of California, Berkeley).

Nov 5. Anjoo Sharan (Banaras Hindu University) on Women’s movement in India: Right to Self determination in its present phase.

Nov 13. Rasul Bakhsa Rais (Lahore University of Management Sciences) on Non-violence: Gandhi, King and Gaffar Khan. The discussant will be Harold A. Gould (University of Virginia).

Nov 18. Jagdish Sheth (Emory University) discusses his latest book Chindia.

Nov 25. Sanchita B. Saxena (University of California, Berkeley) on How Can We Be More Productive: A Study of the Garments and Textiles Industry in Bangladesh. Debate.

Dec 3. A roundtable discussion on Growing Up Desi. with Michel Potts (India West), Rajiv Satyal (comic) and Sonya Singh (author).

Dec 10. Nischal Nath Pandey (Executive Director, Institute of Foreign Affairs, Nepal) on Current Politics in Nepal.

We will be dark from Dec 11 until Jan 15.

Details on how to connect to the webcast live can be found on the SASA website, http://www.sasia.org.

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Kanwal Dhaliwal – painter and sculpter

Posted in News/Information by Pippa on October 30, 2008

New Round of Newton Fellowships

Posted in Funding opportunities, Research Fellowships by Pippa on October 30, 2008

A new round of Newton Fellowships – an initiative to fund research collaborations and improve links between UK and overseas researchers – has opened. 

The Newton International Fellowships are funded by the British Academy, the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society and aim to attract the most promising post-doctoral researchers working overseas in the fields of humanities, engineering, natural and social sciences. The Fellowships enable researchers to work for two years with a UK research institution, thus establishing long-term international collaborations.

The funding will be distributed in the form of 50 research fellowships, awarded annually, each providing support of up to £100,000 for a two year placement.  The scheme is open to post-doctoral (and equivalent) early-career researchers working outside the UK who do not hold UK citizenship.

The closing date for applications is Monday, 12 January 2009.

Further details are available from the Newton International Fellowships website: www.newtonfellowships.org  or call 00 44 (0)20 7451 2559

Newton International Fellowships
6-9 Carlton House Terrace
London SW1Y 5AG
tel: +44 (0)20 7451 2559
fax: +44 (0)20 7451 2543

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Humanities in the European Research Area (HERA) Joint Research Programmes

Posted in Networking, News/Information, Research by Pippa on October 30, 2008

In early 2009 HERA will launch two large Joint Research Programmes (HERA JRPs) on the following topics:

Cultural Dynamics

Humanities as a Source of Creativity and Innovation

Participating research funders will jointly contribute to a “common pot” from which a number of Collaborative Research Projects will be funded. It is expected that the Call for Proposals will be opened by the end of 2008 / beginning of 2009. Collaborative research proposals can be submitted by research groups consisting of researchers from at least three participating countries.

Participating countries:

Currently, funding agencies in the following countries have subscribed to the two JRPs (those underlined have firmly committed): Austria, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Iceland, Luxemburg, Norway, Ireland, Netherlands, Slovenia, Sweden, United Kingdom.

Throughout 2008 networking support will be offered to help eligible researchers to prepare for these transnational research programmes.

For more information: http://www.heranet.info/Default.aspx?ID=274

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Posted in News/Information, Vacancies by Pippa on October 30, 2008

Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages, Faculty of Humanities, University of Oslo http://www.hf.uio.no/ikos/english/index.html

The successful candidates should in her/his research project work on a topic related to culture, history, religion, language and/or society in South Asia or East Asia. The necessary language competence to carry out the project must be documented. The applicant’s post-doctoral research project should preferably be related to one of the ongoing research projects at the department.

The fellowship is for 4 years, out of which 25% is spent on duties for the department. These duties may include teaching and administrative work and will include acquiring formal basic university pedagogical competence.

Applicants must hold a degree equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree in a relevant field.  The main purpose of post-doctoral research fellowships is to qualify researchers for work in top academic positions within their disciplines.  

Applicants must submit a project description, including a schedule of activities. It is to be assumed that the project will be completed within the 4-year period.

The appointee will be expected to engage with existing research groups in the Faculty of Humanities and to contribute to the further development of the scholarly community.

We are looking for strongly motivated and competent candidates, with high academic qualifications in the relevant area of research.

Short listed applicants may be invited for an interview at the University of Oslo.

For further information, contact:
Rune Svarverud, director of research
, phone: (47)22856982, e-mail: rune.svarverud@ikos.uio
Anne Stovner, research coordinator
IKOS, phone: (+47)22855934, e-mail: a.s.stovner@ikos.uio.no.

Closing date for applications: 15 November 2008

The Sarbjit Singh Aurora Endowed Chair in Sikh and Punjabi Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz

Posted in News/Information, Vacancies by Pippa on October 30, 2008

The Humanities Division of the University of California, Santa Cruz, invites applications for the newly created Sarbjit Singh Aurora Endowed Chair in Sikh and Punjabi Studies. The endowed chair will be held by a distinguished member of the humanities faculty and will support research and teaching about the Sikh community from a multicultural and global perspective, including gender, diaspora, literary, historical, and cultural studies. Candidates may work in any field in the humanities and will be appointed at any rank from advanced assistant to full professor. This position carries a five-course equivalency workload, which normally means teaching four courses over three quarters and carrying out other academic and service responsibilities. The holder of the Sarbjit Singh Aurora Endowed Chair also will work with the relevant department and the Humanities Division to administer the endowment funds.

Rank: Advanced Assistant Professor (tenure-track) or Associate Professor (tenured) or Full Professor (tenured)

Qualifications: Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent in humanities discipline, demonstrated excellence in research productivity and in teaching, and, at the most senior level, a record of administrative experience.

Position available: July 1, 2009

To apply: Applicants must submit a letter of application which descries their research and teaching interests, a curriculum vitae, three current (2006 to present) letters of recommendation, a writing sample (up to 3 items), course syllabi, and, if possible, a summary of student evaluations. Applicants are invited to submit a statement addressing their constributions to diversity through their research, service, and/or teaching.

Closing date: The position will remain open until filled, but in order to be considered at the initial screening, applications must be received by Friday, December 12, 2008.

Address: Sikh/Punjabi Studies Search Committee, Department of History, University of California, 1156 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95064.

For more info check: http://www2.ucsc.edu/ahr/academic_employment/jobs/547-09.pdf

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A conference of Sikh diaspora in CUHK, Hong Kong

Posted in Conferences, Diaspora, Networking, Research by Pippa on October 30, 2008

Ka-kin Cheuk would like to get in touch with anyone who would be interested in participating/co-organizing/sponsoring a conference of Sikh diaspora to be held in the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), Hong Kong.

The University is particularly interested in participating in a conference on Sikh identity and cultures in Hong Kong. If anyway would like to follow this up please contact:

Ka-kin CHEUK
M.Phil Candidate
Department of Anthropology
The Chinese
University of Hong Kong

Email: cheukk@alumni.cuhk.net

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Posted in Conferences, Partition by Pippa on October 21, 2008

The Heinrich Boll Foundation, India Habitat Centre, Max Mueller Bhavan and Zubaan are pleased to invite you to the closing seminar of their year-long series – ‘Partition: The Long Shadow’.

Dates: 1 and 2 November 2008
Casuarina, India Habitat Centre, Vardhaman Marg, New Delhi 110003
10.30 am to 4.30 pm

All are welcome

The closing seminar of the series of dialogues and conversations entitled ‘Partition: The Long Shadow’ returns to some of the themes discussed during the series and explores them further. The seminar is not intended as an academic exercise, rather its aim is to look at how partition continues to live on in our lives in the subcontinent and how to move away from it, into the future. We have planned the seminar not as a set of formal presentations but as a series of conversations and panels. On both days, we will have such conversations, and these will be followed by panels. Given below is a tentative programme.

Day 1 – 1st November 2008

10.30 am: Registration and coffee

Session 111.00 am – 12.30 pm : Dialogue on art and peace between Sallima Hashmi and Alka Pande

12.30 pm – 2.00 pm : Lunch

Session 2 2.00 pm to 3.00pm : Dialogue between Subboranjan Dasgupta and Gargi Chakravarty on Women and Partition in the East

3.00 pm – 3.15 pm : Coffee

Session 3 3.15 pm – 4.30 pm : Round table discussion on the continuing legacies of partition. Panelists include: Saima Jasam, Ahmed Salim, Neelam Hussain, Kavita Panjabi

Day 2 – 2nd November 2008

Session 4 10.30 am – 11.30 am : Dialogue between Shama Zaidi and Ranjani Majumdar on the film Garm Hawa

11.30 am – 11.45 am : Coffee

Session 5 11.45 am – 12.30 pm : Dialogue between Shohini Ghosh and Urvashi Butalia on Partition and its impact in the East

12.30 pm – 2.00 pm : Lunch

Session 6 2.00 pm – 3.30 pm : Panel discussion on Partition and Psychiatry

3.30 pm : Closing discussion

All are welcome

Closing session: Brief remarks


Research Assistance

Posted in News/Information, Research by Pippa on October 21, 2008

Darshan Singh Tatla has very kindly extended an invitation to assist any research student or senior scholar working on Punjab with accommodation in his village in Ludhiana district. All basic facilities are available, a small library and some assistance with travel may also be possible. If you are interested in pursuing this offer please contact Darshan directly on: dtatla22@hotmail.com

Noise of the Past – a poetic journey of war, memory & dialogue

Posted in Events by Pippa on October 21, 2008
Invitation to a Premier Launch Event & Conference:
Saturday 8th November 2008Noise of the Past – a poetic journey of war, memory & dialogue

Coventry Cathedral, 7.00pm – 9.30pm (FREE Event & Reception)

Screening of Unravelling – A film by Kuldip Powar, with original score by Nitin Sawhney

Performance of Post-Colonial War Requiem – composed by Francis Silkstone

A Special Opening by Martin Bell – OBE, UNICEF Ambassador, former war reporter & independent politician.

Noise of the Past presents two new related commissions produced from a creative call-and-response method to cast a different light on war and the art of dialogue.

Unravelling (2008, 17 mins) is the result of a unique film-making process, creatively working with poetry, archive materials, visual art and music. Internationally acclaimed Nitin Sawhney (http://bit.ly/sawhney) composed a new score in response to an original inter-generational poetic dialogue in Urdu between Sawarn Singh, a WWII Indian soldier who fought for the British in Burma, the Middle East and Africa, before moving to the UK, and his grandson, Kuldip Powar. Working with this haunting score Powar directed an evocative and searching film.

Francis Silkstone has also taken the inter-generational poetic dialogue as the source of inspiration for Post-Colonial War Requiem, a new score to be performed in interaction with the phenomenal space of Coventry Cathedral. Benjamin Britten’s original War Requiem inaugurated the newly-built Cathedral in 1962, offering Remembrance without militarism. Though consciously inclusive, it did not reference the contributions of the (now former) colonies.

Coventry Cathedral, Priory St, CV1 5AB
http://www.coventrycathedral.org.uk <http://www.coventrycathedral.org.uk/>  –
nearest car park: Cox St, CV1 5LW
Event Leaflet – see attachment: Noise-of-the-Past-Leaflet.pdf

2. PRE-LAUNCH CONFERENCE: War, Sound & Post-Coloniality
Saturday 8th November 2008, 1.30 – 5pm
St Mary’s Guildhall, Bayley Lane, Coventry, CV1 5RR –

Speakers include: Alessandro Portelli (Rome); Les Back (Goldsmiths);
Prabhjot Parmar (Royal Holloway); Kuldip Powar (Film-Director); Francis
Silkstone (Composer, Goldsmiths); Chair/Discussants: Shirin Rai (Warwick),
Gen Doy (De Montfort) and Said Adrus (UEL).

Conference Programme – see attachment: Noise-of-the-Past-Conference.­pdf
or visit: http://www.goldsmiths.ac.uk/methods-lab/noise-past.php
FREE – Register in advance, email: j.daykin@gold.ac.uk

Unravelling will continue to be screened 11th – 23rd November 2008, The Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, Jordan Well, Coventry, CV1 5QP. http://www.theherbert.org/

Noise of the Past is a creative engagement with post-colonial histories of war funded by the AHRC.
Project Directors:
Dr Nirmal Puwar – Goldsmiths, University of London; n.puwar@gold.ac.uk
Dr Sanjay Sharma – Brunel University; sanjay.sharma@brunel.ac.uk


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Allama Mashraqi (founder of the Khaksar Movement)

Posted in New Publications, News/Information by Pippa on October 21, 2008

Some of you may be interested in Allama Mashraqi, founder of the Khaksar Movement. Further information on him can be found on the following website: http://www.allamamashraqi.com

Book Titles:

“Hidden Facts behind British India’s Freedom: A Scholarly Look into Allama Mashraqi   and Quaid-e-Azam’s Political Conflict” Author Nasim Yousaf (grandson of Allama Mashriqi)

Author’s web site: http://nasimyousaf.info

Books description available at:


Other works on Khaksar Movement:

Paper & slide show at The New York Conference on Asian Studies (NYCAS):

“Freedom of British India through the Lens of the Khaskar Movement”


Works by Allama Mashriqi


Works by Nasim Yousaf (Grandson of Allama Mashriqi )


Works by other authors


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New book by Steven Ramey, Hindu, Sufi, or Sikh: Contested Practices and Identifications of Sindhi Hindus in India and Beyond

Posted in New Publications by Pippa on October 16, 2008

“Hindu, Sufi, or Sikh: Contested Practices and Identifications of Sindhi Hindus in India and Beyond” by Steven Ramey, Palgrave Macmillan  (released October 28, 2008)

Abstract: This multi-sited ethnography considers the impact of contested definitions on the experiences and representations of Sindhi Hindus. Ramey recognizes how the dominant definitions of Hinduism, Islam, and Sikhism challenge communities who defy such understandings and analyzes the ways Sindhi Hindus have established their unconventional practices and heritage in the context of their diaspora. By analyzing concrete examples of the creation of a heritage in the context of migration, this book considers the implications of representations of religions for Sindhi Hindus and other similar communities.

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