Punjab Research Group

PRG meeting 31 Oct 2009

Posted in PRG Meetings by Pippa on October 18, 2009

Punjab Research Group meeting

VENUE: De Montfort University, Leicester, DATE: 31 October 2009

Speakers included:

Eleanor Nesbitt and Kathryn LumKaveri Harris and Tej Purewal             







Kathryn Lum, European University Institute, Florence, Italy A Community at a Crossroads: A case study of the Ravidassia Sangat in Barcelona’  © Presented at the Punjab Research Group, 31 October 2009. Please do not cite without the authors permission K lum PRG paperpt

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

Dave Morland and Steve TaylorScreening of Kitte mil ve Mahi by Ajay Bhardwaj








Meena Dhanda, (University of Wolverhampton), Dave Morland, (University of Teesside) and Steve Taylor, (Northumbria University) ‘Eastern Punjabi Dalits and Religious Conversion: A case study of Wolverhampton’ © Presented at the Punjab Research Group, 31 October 2009. Please do not cite without the authors permission PRG Leicester

Ajay Bhardwaj, Independent film/documentary maker Screening of Kitte Mil Ve Mahi (Where the twain shall meet)

Full programme and abstracts: PRG programme oct 09

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Celebrating Social Commitment: Meeto Memorial Award for Young South Asians

Posted in Funding opportunities, News/Information by Pippa on October 18, 2009


Posted in Art, Articles by Pippa on October 18, 2009

popPopsamiti paper is a collection of articles and ideas by writers and artists. Popsamiti is a free paper, a limited edition, A3 in size and printed on recycled paper. A limited limited edition includes a handloom textile sample from Akaaro.


Popsamiti is a project curated by Tajender Sagoo. It is a platform for artists and writers to explore themes in art and culture with the aim to forge new narratives for the 21st century. A multi disciplinary project, popsamiti is a print publication, a pdf download,a website, and a debate.

Popsamiti is an attempt to move beyond being defined by post colonialism. In short, the aim is to create space for the culture of everyone.

CFP: Migrations, Mobility and Multiple Affiliations: Punjabis in a Transnational World

Posted in Conferences by Pippa on October 18, 2009

Centre for Development Studies (CDS) Trivandrum, Kerala in collaboration with Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Development International Conference on Migrations, Mobility and Multiple Affiliations: Punjabis in a Transnational World 25-26 February 2010 at Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Development (CRRID), Chandigarh

We invite senior and young scholars working on Punjabi migration to the conference and welcome scholars across a range of disciplines. Interested scholars may please send abstracts of their papers (to a maximum of 800 words) before 30th October 2009 to the coordinators of the conference. Selected scholars will have to submit the full paper by 15 January 2010. CDS will bear the expenses for travel and local hospitality of the selected participants.
Full details: Punjab-seminar

Prof. S. Irudaya Rajan (rajan@cds.ac.in)
Prof. Aswini Kumar Nanda (akn_aswini@yahoo.co.in)
Dr. V.J. Varghese (vjvarghese@cds.ac.in, vjebee@gmail.com)

CFP: Sikhs in the World

Posted in Conferences by Pippa on October 18, 2009

February 20th, 2010
Stanford University

The Sikholars: Sikh Graduate Student Conference seeks to bring Sikhs and non-Sikhs working on Sikh-related issues to an annual conference that unites a breadth of graduate expertise. From academia, to health, law, and business entrepreneurship, the conference will bring together a wide array of disciplines and scholarly interests to create an institutionalized channel to present papers on research, and informal circuits or networks for continued discussion. Inviting submission of abstracts, the two-day conference elicits proposals on various aspects of Sikh economic, political, health, cultural, and social life.

Purpose of the Conference: Sikh Graduate Student Conference seeks to create a truly innovative and imaginative conference. By bringing together promising students in a truly multi-disciplinary fashion, we seek to incubate promising research by engaging various activists and scholars in the community together.

Sikholars: Sikh Graduate Student Conference invites papers for a conference to be held in the Stanford University on February 20th, 2010.  Travel grants, hotel accommodations, and necessary arrangements will be rewarded to all authors of accepted papers.

The scope of the conference is global; papers may concentrate on particular localities or regions, or they may present cross- regional comparisons and convergences. We encourage submissions from a broad range of disciplines, methodologies, and perspectives.  All topics are open ? from medicine, to law, to history, sociology, and all Sikh-related topics in-between.

Proposals for individual papers should be no more than 500 words in length and may be sent by email, with a current CV, to info@sikholars.org or uploaded at the conference website, http://www.sikholars.org.  Selected papers may be published.
Submission Deadline:  Please submit abstracts by November 15, 2009.
Please send all inquiries to info@sikholars.org.

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Violence Against Women in South Asian Communities: Issues for Policy and Practice

Posted in New Publications by Pippa on October 18, 2009

Edited by Ravi K Thiara and Aisha K Gill, Foreword by Professor Liz Kelly CBE

‘This book is powerful, challenging and inspirational, and is an important contribution to debates on the complex intersections between ethnicity, gender and inequality, as well as on human rights and violence against women. Thiara and Gill and the contributors to this text skillfully unpick the flawed thinking and policy initiatives directed at gender-based violence over the past 30 years and especially in the post 9/11 period community cohesion and anti-terrorism initiatives.’
– Dr Lorraine Radford, Head of Research, NSPCC

‘This is a stimulating and provocative collection which explores the difficult concepts of ‘multiculturalism’, ‘ethnic identity’ and ‘secularisation’ in relation to gendered violence. The authors challenge myths and stereotypes about the ‘Asian’ experience in relation to interpersonal violence without oversimplifying or homogenising black and minority ethnic (BME) women’s experiences. Despite cataloguing the ongoing struggles against racism and misogyny, and the intersection of both, the editors conclude the text with optimism; an additional reason to recommend this text to all policy makers, practitioners, academics and students, as well as those interested in the provenance of BME anti-violence organisations and current UK policy.’
– Dr Melanie McCarry, School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol


Walls of Film: the memory of public spheres

Posted in Events by Pippa on October 18, 2009

Inside/Out Festival event on Wed 21 Oct (1-5pm)
Birkbeck Cinema, Gordon Square.
Walls of Film: the memory of public spheres
Date: Wednesday 21st October 2009
Time: 1.00pm – 5.00pm
Location: Birkbeck Cinema, Gordon Square view map

Organised by The Methods Lab, Sociology Dept, Goldsmiths, University of London.http://www.gold.ac.uk/methods-lab/
Screenings and Presentations from  –  Prof. Avtar Brah (Birkbeck), Jasbir Panesar (UEL), Alia Syed (Film maker & Research Fellow, Southampton Solent), George Shire (Cultural Critic), Gil Toffell (Leverhulme Research Fellow, Queen Mary College) and Nirmal Puwar (Goldsmiths).

Working on different and historically located diasporic locations with film, this panel will address the space(s) of film viewing, as well as the space of working with film as academics, researchers, archivists, film makers and collaborators. The event will examine the ways in which film both opens up and constrains their abilities to make visible memories and journeys that are otherwise absent from the public domain.

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Sikh Diaspora – Call for Contributors

Posted in New Publications by Pippa on October 18, 2009

I was recently approached by one of the editors of Brill’s History of Religions Series about the possibility of producing an edited volume on Sikh diaspora.  As many of your know, the Brill series is a well-established and prestigious one.  Nevertheless, a volume on Sikhism is notably absent from its long series list.  A book on Sikh diaspora would begin to fill this gap.

I am issuing a call for contributors for such a volume.  I am seeking papers with not only substantive content, but those that offer some theoretical or methodological reflections (broadly construed).  I welcome contributions from a wide range of methodological and theoretical perspectives – from history to urban planning, from gender studies to performance studies, from comparative religion to the psychology religion, or from ethnomusicology to ethnographic studies.  Papers of a theoretical nature dealing with the conceptual categories such as “diaspora” or “trans-nationalism” as they relate to Sikh diaspora are also welcome.

If you have a paper you are looking to publish, or have a conference paper you plan to develop for publication, please consider contributing to this project.

If this is something to which you would like to contribute, please let me know the general subject matter of the proposed paper.  I would like to get a sense of the level of interest and participation in this project before proceeding further.

Dr. Michael Hawley, Associate Professor and Coordinator, Religious Studies, Mount Royal University, Email: mhawley@mtroyal.ca

CFP: Contemporary Amritsar: Society, Economy, Polity

Posted in Conferences by Pippa on October 18, 2009

Department of History, DAV College, Amritsar
Venue: Seminar Hall, DAV College, Amritsar
Date: 30 November 2009 to 01 December 2009
Time: 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Interested scholars who wish to present a paper should submit their work address, provisional paper title and one page abstract of around 500 words to the organising committee at contemporaryamritsar@gmail.com by 30th October 2009.

Further details:Seminar Schedule and Seminar- Concept Note

Striking Women. Voices of South Asian Workers

Posted in Events by Pippa on October 7, 2009

flyer_Striking WomenAfter finalising the exhibition we learned that the UCU are ‘greylisting’ London Metropolitan University in protest against the irresponsible way in which University management have dealt with financial shortfalls and redundancies. We fully support the actions of our colleagues at LMU and withdraw any further cooperation until this issue is resolved. We are aware of the irony of presenting an exhibition on “Striking women…..” at a time when the livelihood of our fellow university workers is being threatened and will seek every opportunity to use the exhibition to highlight the dispute at LMU. Further details are available at http://www.ucu.org.uk/index.cfm?articleid=3680

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Punjabi to be Canada’s 4th biggest language by 2011

Posted in Articles, Diaspora by Pippa on October 7, 2009

September 26th, 2009

TORONTO – Punjabi is set to become the fourth largest spoken language in Canada by 2011 after English, French and Chinese, according to Canadian Immigration Minister Jason Kenney.

The minister made the announcement Friday night after inaugurating the seventh Spinning Wheel Film Festival at the Royal Ontario Museum here that will feature films by or about Sikhs.

Read further: http://blog.taragana.com/law/2009/09/26/punjabi-to-be-canadas-4th-biggest-language-by-2011-13178/

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Jugni by Jasbir Jassi

Posted in Music, Poetry and Literature by Pippa on October 7, 2009
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