Punjab Research Group

Digitised books on APNA Web

Posted in New Publications by Pippa on May 22, 2009

The following are some of the recent titles that have been uploaded on APNA Web:


  • The Panjab Chiefs – Sir Lepel H. Griffin
  • Forty-One Years in India – From Subaltern to Commander-in Chief – Field Marshall Lord Roberts
  • Diary of a Pedestrian in Cashmere and Thibet – Captain Knight
  • Early Travels in India 1583-1619 – William Foster
  • Across India – Oliver Optic
  • A Ride to India – Across Persia and Baluchistan – Harry D. Windt
  • A Travels in Kashmir and the Panjab – Baron Charles Von Hugel
  • A History of Punjabi Literature – Sant Singh Sekhon & Kartar Singh Duggal
  • The Punjab Peasant in Prosperity and Debt – Malcolm Layall Darling


  • Paare Gunhi Mitti – Zahid Nawazr
  • Bracket De Baharvar – Jatinder Kaur
  • Heer Sial – Swarn Singh Bains
  • Pagri Sanbhaal Jatta To’n Azaadi Wal Autobiography of S. Ajit Singh, Uncle of Shaheed Bhagat Singh – Edited by: Jagmohan Singh
  • Suran De Sodagar – Iqbal Mahal
  • Inkalab Da Baani: Shaheed Bhagat Singh – Dr. Sohinder Bir


  • Inkar:  Pash
  • Koi Dam Yaad Na Keeta:  Zubair Ahmed
  • Waila Simran Da:  Samina Asma
  • Suran De Sodagar – Iqbal Mahal


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De Montfort University – PhD Studentships

Posted in PhD Studentship by Pippa on May 22, 2009

Faculty of Humanities

Up to seven fully funded sponsored PhD studentships are available to candidates.  Each of the studentships is available for three years full-time study.

Building on DMU’s excellent RAE outcomes, bursaries will be awarded to exceptional students who will work alongside experienced research teams in the following areas:

Feminism and adaptations; Media discourse; Scholarly editing; British cinema – international connections; Oral history and ethnic minority experiences of consumption; Movement and modernity; ElectroAcoustic resources and pedagogy

Further details on Oral history and ethnic minority experiences of consumption

This PhD project will investigate the emergence of a strong ethnic minority retailing environment in the city of Leicester in the post-war period, focusing, through the generation of new oral histories, on the use of ethnic minority shops by different immigrant groups. ‘Ethno-consumption’ is a growing field within migration and ethnicity studies and this project will bring aim to develop new insights into the study of immigrant communities which traditionally focus on themes such as integration, work, housing and religion. Shops, especially, are a vital but neglected part of ethnic minority history. While ethnic minority entrepreneurship has been receiving more academic attention, the historical consumer behaviour of ethnic minority populations, and this interaction with community and identity, still needs more research.

Key themes would include:

  • Different kinds of shops and the different functions they performed
  • How these shops linked to community life and ethnic identity
  • How interviewees remember and narrate their experiences of using these shops
  • Other kinds of ‘ethno-consumption’ experiences

Groups to be researched would focus on the South Asian population as the largest and most significant group in Leicester in terms of retailing, but could also include other groups, especially the post-war Polish population and the Caribbean community.

Enquiries should in the first instance go to the Research Degrees Office, De Montfort University, Leicester, LE1 9BH
Telephone: 0116 2506309. Web: www.dmu.ac.uk
Closing Date: 5 June 2009

30 Research scholarships at Brunel Unviersity

Posted in PhD Studentship by Pippa on May 22, 2009

Brunel is pleased to announce the expansion of its research scholarship scheme for 2009 to fully fund up to 30 PhD studentships across the full range of academic disciplines.

The prestigious Isambard Scholarships will be awarded to Home/EU students who demonstrate the potential for research excellence. Successful applicants will join a thriving research community, with Brunel’s recent success in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise confirming its international research standing.

Closing date: 19 June 2009


University of Western Sidney RESEARCH LECTURESHIPS

Posted in Vacancies by Pippa on May 22, 2009

UWS wishes to appoint outstanding early career researchers to UWS Research Lectureships. Applicants must have completed a research doctorate within the last five years.

The UWS Research Lectureships are three year contract positions with provision for conversion to on-going normal teaching and research position at the end of three years, subject to evidence of strong research and teaching performance. UWS Research Lectureships will enable early career researchers to concentrate on the development of their research potential. Appointees will be expected to teach only one-third of a normal teaching load during the three year contract and will be provided with research support and support to develop teaching skills and materials.

Applications close on 30 June 2009
Further details: The Office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic and Enterprise

The following are the some of the areas being targeted for the twelve UWS Research
Lectureships in 2009.
– Anthropology of religion
– Cultural governance and global diversity
– Cultures, Cities and Sustainability
– Corporate social and environmental responsibility
– Innovation and technology management
– Management of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and entrepreneurship

Research Fellowship in the Sociology of Religion

Posted in PhD Studentship, Research Fellowships by Pippa on May 22, 2009

Faculty of Humanities and Education Ref. 35/09 
The University of Agder invites applications for a full-time fixed-term appointment as Research Fellow in the sociology of religion for a period of three years at the Department of Religion, Philosophy and History, Faculty of Humanities and Education. The position is currently located in Kristiansand, Norway. The starting date of employment will be determined upon agreement with the Faculty.

The Research Fellow will be associated with the PhD programme in Religion, Ethics and Society at the Department of Religion, Philosophy and History. More information about the programme may be found at: http://www.uia.no/en/portaler/student_og_studier/informasjon_og_tjenester/ects/08_09/religion_ethics_and_society_phd_programme

The research fellowship is posted in the general field of sociology of religion and is open to all projects in the field as long as they contain an empirical component.
Further details: http://uia.easycruit.com/vacancy/296032/35068?iso=gb

Interview with Tej Purewal on Son Preference

Posted in Articles, New Publications by Pippa on May 22, 2009

The Sunday Tribune Sunday, May 17, 2009 The daughter’s case by Nonika Singh

Punjab is a readymade topic for researchers,” quips academician author, a lecturer in development studies, University of Manchester. Documenting the obsession of Punjabis with a male child in a book titled Son Preference, this proud Punjaban is dismayed with the social inequalities that criss cross the social fabric of the state. “When it comes to social equilibrium, Punjab is a total disgrace”, she says. Born and brought up in the US, studying Punjab wasn’t a natural choice for Purewal. Till the early 1990s it didn’t even blink on her radar. It was only when she co-authored Teach yourself Panjabi with her father-in-law Surjit Singh Kalra, a well-known Punjabi writer, and did her doctoral thesis on Amritsar (it later became a book — Living On The Margins) that she became aware of the strong currents of Punjabiyat in her being.


Singh will be King! By Akrita Reyar

Posted in Articles by Pippa on May 16, 2009

A sympathetic piece by Zee news.

There are ever only a few men, in history or even in contemporary times, who have been so prodigiously placed in a position of the greatest power and at a time when the wheel of history is set for a decisive turn.

Neither a man of lineage, nor wealth or even mighty inheritance, Dr Manmohan Singh had little to boast, but for his sharp intellect, quiet wisdom combined with an unalloyed determination to serve his nation that was standing at crossroads, when destiny beckoned him to shape India’s course.

Read full article: http://www.zeenews.com/zee-exclusive/2009-05-14/521279news.html


A related piece discussing the dominance of Punjabi culture appeared in Express Buzz last month, Oye India, Singh is King by VIR SANGHVI. It is interesting to note the different comments expressed in Express Buzz and Sikhchic who picked up the piece and also posted it on their website. Links to both are below.

The last time I went to Colombo (Sri Lanka) a few years ago, I looked at the streets and the people and said to myself, I could be in India. Though a large part of the population of northern Sri Lanka is of Tamil origin, it was Kerala that much of the south reminded me of.

But I still had a nagging feeling that something was different: that somehow I was not in India.

It took me a while to figure it out. But then it hit me with a compelling suddenness: not one woman was wearing a salwar kameez (the Punjabi two-piece shirt-and-trouser version commonly worn by Sikh women)



Aesthetic Modernism in the Post-Colony: The Making of a National College of Art in Pakistan (1950–1960s)

Posted in Art, New Publications by Pippa on May 16, 2009

By Nadeem Omar Tarar,  Assistant Professor at the Department of Communication and Cultural Studies, National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan. Email: notarar@gmail.com

Published in International Journal of Art and Design Education, Vol 27 Issue 3, 2008


With the formation of Pakistan as a modern Islamic republic in 1947, the institutions of art and design education were transformed under the sway of modernization theories of development. A conceptual and physical infrastructure was put in place to modify existing institutions and to create new ones for encouraging modern art and artists in the country. The 1950s saw major developments taking place in the former Mayo School of Art which was upgraded to the National College of Arts to train designers, artists and architects to meet the requirements of a new nation. The distinction between arts and crafts formed the discourse through which the changes in art education were articulated. The process of change unleashed in art education is emblematic of the changes taking place in the other sectors of economy and culture. The Bauhaus influence which formed the initial impulse to bring artists and craftsmen in the service of national industry gave way to the competing fine art movements in painting resulting in abandoning the synthesis of arts and crafts envisaged in the earlier approaches to art education.


Call for Papers – XVII ISA World Congress of Sociology

Posted in Conferences by Pippa on May 16, 2009

11-17 July 2010
Gothenburg, Sweden

Research Committee on Sociology of Religion RC22

Programme Coordinators
Adam Possamai, University of Western Sydney, Australia, a.possamai@uws.edu.au

Sinisa Zrinscak, University of Zagreb, Croatia, sinisa.zrinscak@zg.t-com.hr

Please send your proposed paper for any of these sessions (except sessions 3, 4, and 13) to the session chair(s) by the 31st of October 2009. Please include with your proposal, a title, a 100-200 words abstract, your name (family name first), your affiliation and your e-mail address. Do not send the same paper to more than one session.

Ludhiana Personality: Saadat Hasan Manto

Posted in Articles by Pippa on May 12, 2009

As it was Manto’s birthday…

Saadat Hasan Manto was born on May 11, 1912. He was the leading Urdu short-story writer of the twentieth century of Kashmiri ancestry, who was born in Samrala in the Ludhiana district of Punjab. He completed matric in 1931. He was a journalist, critic and film writer. He worked for All India Radio during World War II and was a successful screen-writer in Bombay before moving to Pakistan during Partition of India. During his controversial two-decade career, Manto published twenty-two collections of stories, seven collections of radio plays, three collections of essays, and a novel. He is best known for his short stories – over 250 in 2 decades, many of which have been enacted in plays and films.

Read further: http://www.ludhianadistrict.com/personality/saadat_hasan_manto.php

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8 lakh people homeless as Taliban-army fighting intensifies by Kamal Siddiqi

Posted in Articles by Pippa on May 12, 2009

Hindustan Times, May 12, 2009

Dodging army shells and the Taliban, Sikh families from Swat and other parts of war-ravaged northern Pakistan have landed in a gurdwara on the plains of Punjab.

Many arrived at Gurdwara Panja Sahib in the dusty town of Hasan Abdal, about 40 kilometres northwest of Islamabad, with only the clothes on their back.

“We headed for Hasan Abdal because this is the only place we knew of,” Dr. Ashok Kumar, a six-foot Pathan from Pir Baba village in Buner district, told Hindustan Times.

Displacement is haunting the country as the military takes on the Taliban. A total of 3.6 lakh have fled their homes in northwestern Pakistan in the last week, the United Nations estimated on Sunday. This is in addition to the five lakh displaced in previous bouts of fighting.

Suran Singh, affiliated to the Pakistani Gurdwara Parbhan-dak Committee, is a worried man. He is concerned about meeting the daily needs of about 340 families in Hasan Abdal.

Read full article: http://www.hindustantimes.com/StoryPage/StoryPage.aspx?sectionName=HomePage&id=c07c7f54-8d7c-46c7-b1bd-83fa1c606765&Headline=Eight%26nbsp%3blakh+homeless+as+Taliban-army+fighting+intensifies+

Community Cohesion: Challenging the Politics of ‘Us’ and Them’

Posted in Conferences by Pippa on May 12, 2009

Attached is an invitation to a forthcoming event jointly organised by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, JUST West Yorkshire, Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust and OXFAM UK.  The event is a unique partnership between organisations that are at the forefront of addressing issues of poverty, racial justice, civil liberties and inequalities.

 A  Ground-breaking Regional Conference

Community Cohesion: Challenging the Politics of ‘Us’ and Them’

Keynote Speakers: Shami Chakrabarti (Liberty) and Karen Chouhan (Equanomics, UK)

 3 June, 2009, 10.00 – 4.00 p.m., The Aagrah Building, Midpoint, Thornbury, Bradford, BD3 7AY

Challenging the Politics of Us Them

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