Punjab Research Group

PRG Meeting – 31 October 2009

Posted in PRG Meetings by Pippa on September 14, 2009

The next Punjab Research Group meeting will take place on 31st October 2009 at De Montfort University, Leicester.

Speakers include:

Kathryn Lum, (European University Institute, Florence) ‘A community at a crossroads: a case study of the Ravidassia Sangat in Barcelona’

Navtej Purewal, (University of Manchester) ‘Articulations of Caste through Religion: Codes of Hegemony and Invisibility in West Punjab’

In the past few months, the issue of caste in Punjab has been making the headlines for a number of reasons. Therefore, it seems that this would be a good opportunity to discuss the issue of caste in contemporary/historical Punjab(s). If you are currently working in this area and would like to share your research findings with the PRG then please contact me. Please could you also circulate this note to anyone else you think might be interested in presenting a paper.

If you would like to attend please email me: pvirdee@dmu.ac.uk

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Posted in Book reviews by Pippa on September 14, 2009

Jaswant Singh’s controversial book on Jinnah has nothing new to offer, except some rare photographs. It is significant only because it rudely and perhaps unexpectedly exposed the tussles within the top ranks of the BJP leadership.

C.M. Naim

With due apology to every Pathan in the world, I must start with a “Pathan” joke. A Pathan came down into the plains to visit with a friend. The friend treated him to qalaqand. The Pathan loved the chunky, grey-white sweet so much that the next day he went looking for it in the market. Unfortunately he couldn’t remember the name, and so when he saw a man selling what looked like qalaqand, he pointed to it and bought some. As he started eating he found himself in terrible agony, for what he had bought was home-made soap. Seeing his anguished look and the foam trickling out of his mouth, a man asked, “What’s the matter, Khan? What are you eating?” Gasping for breath, the Pathan retorted, “What do you think? Khan is eating his money.” 

Read the full article: http://www.outlookindia.com/article.aspx?261816

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A General And A Labyrinth

Posted in Articles by Pippa on September 14, 2009

A Bully For You

Musharraf, in exile, hasn’t lost his bluster. The West, at least, pays him lip service.

Sanjay Suri on Pervez Musharraf: http://www.outlookindia.com/article.aspx?261608

  • Organises mehfils or singing soirees at his flat on Hyde Park Crescent. Visiting Pakistani singers perform there.
  • Buys music at Ilford suburb, shops otherwise at Selfridges
  • Plays a weekly game of bridge with his friend Brig (retd) Niazi Ahmed.
  • Went for a 10-day cruise.
  • Attends seminars, lambasts those who point fingers at him. Participated in a meeting at the British Parliament with thugs in tow. Ended in a fracas.
  • Attended a function organised by Khalistanis to celebrate Pakistan’s Independence Day.
  • For the next three months, likely to be in Saudi Arabia. In December, it’s off to the US on a lecture tour.
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CFP: Postcolonialism and Islam

Posted in Conferences by Pippa on September 14, 2009

The Northern Association for Postcolonial Studies (NAPS) and The Sunderland-Nizwa Centre for Anglo-Arab and Muslim Writing are inviting abstracts and expressions of interest for a conference to be held at the University of Sunderland, UK, 16-17 April 2010.

Postcolonialism and Islam are two terms that frequently appear in tandem, however, the relationship between the two and the question of their compatibility has not been extensively investigated. The speed and intensity of the changes characteristic of late modernity under the pressures of cultural and economic globalisation has traumatised Muslims and non-Muslims alike. Hybrid identity formations, very often provisional, are generated in the articulations of difference marked by imaginary relations to faith, nation, class, gender, sexuality and language. Postcolonialism might seem to provide a framework for approaching the experiences of not only formerly colonized subjects but émigrés, exiles and expatriates and their host societies. However, Muslim writers and intellectuals have both adopted and rejected postcolonial theory as an effective tool for analysing and accounting for the experience of Muslims in the modern world.

This multidisciplinary conference will be relevant to specialists in postcolonial theory, and cultural, historical, political, sociological, literary, and religious studies who seek to problematise both the terms themselves and their juxtaposition. It will mainly focus on these six main themes:

* Muslim identity and its connection to race, cultural politics, integration;
* The experience of Muslim communities in Britain and elsewhere in the West particularly as representative site(s) of settlement, networking and diasporic mobility;
* Terms such as multiculturalism, citizenship, secularism, ethnicity;
* The way in which Muslim culture(s) become(s) embedded in and thematised by Muslim and non-Muslim writers in English and other literatures in translation;
* The connection between Muslim women and the activities of western orientalism;
* The conditions and possibility of ‘Islamic’ feminism; its response to the way in which Muslim women have often been represented and theorised according to western, Christian and white feminist versions of female experience;

Other related topics will also be considered. The intention is to publish an edited volume based on the theme of the conference to which a selection of participants will be invited to contribute.
Confirmed Keynote speakers so far include:
– Dr. Tahir Abbas, FRSA, currently principal analyst at Deen International
– Prof. Ceri Peach, Emeritus Professor at the Oxford School of Geography and Professor at the Insitute for Social Change, Manchester University
– Prof. Patrick Williams, Professor of Literary and Cultural Studies, Nottingham Trent
If you wish to attend please submit a proposal (maximum 300 words) to one of the following by October 30th, 2009:

Dr. Geoffrey Nash (geoff.nash@sunderland.ac.uk), or Dr. Sarah Hackett (sarah.hackett-1@sunderland.ac.uk)

Beyond Identity Politics? Intersecting disability, ethnicity and religious identities

Posted in Conferences by Pippa on September 14, 2009

Invitation to Conference 21st – 22nd October 2009 and Doctoral workshop: 23rd October 2009 at Stockholm University, in collaboration with Norwegian University of Science, Technology and Nordic Centre of Excellence: Reassessing the Nordic Welfare Model.

Identity politics has occupied academic debate since the latter part of the 20th century and the demand for recognition of minority group identities and a will to combat discrimination have been at the core of the philosophy. During this period however, we have witnessed a backlash in acceptance for identity politics, as well for multiculturalism. The conference hopes to bring together those with an interest in the historical and current discussion concerning the issues of identity politics and multiculturalism, and aims to explore what can exist “beyond” this philosophy in terms of various forms of universalism.



Posted in Academic Journals by Pippa on September 14, 2009

Finnish Journal of Ethnicity and Migration (FJEM) is a scholarly and professional electronic, open access journal, published by the Society for the Study of Ethnic Relations and International Migration (ETMU).

FJEM aims to promote and advance the circulation of the multidisciplinary study of ethnic relations and international migration that is conducted in Finland and its neighbourhood, especially the other Nordic countries. The Journal is trilingual (English, Finnish, Swedish) and published twice a year. The editor of the journal is Tuomas Martikainen at Åbo Akademi University, Finland.

We welcome manuscript submissions on various themes falling under the rubrics of the journal, and all manuscripts go through an external and anonymous peer-review process.

If you are interesting in publishing with FJEM, article manuscripts can be submitted in Word or RTF to the journal’s editorial assistant Tiina Kanninen, tiina.kanninen[at]uta.fi.

Before submitting your paper, please read the detailed submission guidelines at http://www.etmu.fi/fjem/instructions.html

On behalf of the editorial team, Tiina Kanninen, editorial assistant, FJEM. http://www.etmu.fi/fjem/index.html

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2nd CFP:Language, Migration and Labour

Posted in Conferences by Pippa on September 14, 2009

AILA Research Network on Language and Migration, Institute of Multilingualism, University of Fribourg and HEP Fribourg, Switzerland

Date: 28-29 January 2010 (Thursday-Friday)

Topic of the Seminar

The fourth AILA Language and Migration Research Network Seminar focuses on the relationship between language, migration flows and labour processes. Our major concern is to explore the complex relationship between the economic and cultural capital of migrants and its use or exploitation by power institutions in a globalized labour market. We will focus on the role of language in access, selection, social mobility and gate-keeping processes.

Plenary speakers

–         Beatriz P. Lorente, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

–         Ingrid Piller, Zayed University, United Arab Emirates

–         Cécile Vigouroux, Simon Fraser University, Canada


The submission deadline for proposals for papers is October 1st, 2009.

Acknowledgement of receipt of the abstract will be sent by e-mail as soon as possible after receipt. You will receive notification of acceptance no later than November 1st, 2009.

Host Institution:

Institute of Multilingualism, University and HEP Fribourg, Rue de Morat 24, 1700 Fribourg, Switzerland

Chair: Prof. Alexandre Duchêne (alexandre.duchene@unifr.ch)



For information on the AILA Research Network on Language and Migration, please consult the following website: http://www.personal.leeds.ac.uk/~extcmh/ReNLM/index.htm

CFP:Bharat Britain South Asians Making Britain, 1870–1950

Posted in Conferences by Pippa on September 14, 2009

13/14 September 2010, British Library Conference Centre, London

Please send abstracts of no more than 250 words to Dr Florian Stadtler on f.c.stadtler@open.ac.uk, with ‘MB conference’ in the subject line, by 30 September 2009.

In what ways did South Asians impact on Britain’s cultural and political life between 1870 and 1950? To what extent did South Asian intellectuals and activists interact and exchange ideas with their British counterparts? What are the legacies of this early diasporic community?

This conference will explore the manifold ways in which the presence of South Asians in Britain during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries impacted on Britain and influenced the shaping of the nation. It will map out the various networks and affiliations South Asians and Britons formed across boundaries of ‘race’, ‘nation’ and ‘class’. These can be traced in different areas of cultural and political life, from the elitist literary and artistic circles of Bloomsbury where friendships were forged between poets and painters; to the anticolonial organisations which brought South Asian and British activists together in the lead up to Independence; to the battlefields of the two world wars where Indian sepoys and volunteers fought alongside Britain’s youth. Yet these interactions were also, at times, marked by hierarchies and dissent, with South Asians facing barriers in this chapter of their journey to negotiate the peripheries of Britain as well as its ‘centre’. Whether through riot, strike or petition, they struggled for their rights as imperial citizens, shifting ideas of ‘Britishness’ in the process.

Held in partnership with the British Library, the conference will address the ways in which South Asians – whether writers, politicians, students or lascars – positioned themselves in Britain during this period, and, in turn, how they were depicted by the British public and in British culture. Further, it will examine the significance of their activities and their influence on the cultural-political make-up of Britain, the ways in which their interventions challenged the national imaginary, and how debates about citizenship and Britishness during the period continue to resonate with contemporary preoccupations regarding Britain’s multi-ethnic identity.

Invited plenary speakers include: Humayun Ansari, Antoinette Burton, Chandani Lokugé, Nayantara Sahgal, Amartya Sen, A. Martin Wainwright, Rozina Visram, with more to be announced.

This conference arises out of the 3-year AHRC-funded project ‘Making Britain: South Asian Visions of Home and Abroad, 1870–1950’. Please see the project website for further details: http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/south-asians-making-britain/

The Historian – GCU

Posted in Academic Journals by Pippa on September 14, 2009
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Prof Chaman Lal

Posted in Networking, News/Information by Pippa on September 14, 2009

Anglo Sikh Heritage Trail

Posted in Events by Pippa on September 6, 2009
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Kitte Mil Ve Mahi

Posted in Film, Poetry and Literature by Pippa on September 6, 2009
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