Punjab Research Group

Sikh Nationalism and Identity in a Global Age (Paperback) – Routledge

Posted in New Publications by Pippa on May 31, 2010

href=”http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415586108/?sms_ss=wordpress”>Sikh Nationalism and Identity in a Global Age (Paperback) – Routledge.

Sikh Nationalism and Identity in a Global Age examines the construction of a Sikh national identity in post-colonial India and the diaspora and explores the reasons for the failure of the movement for an independent Sikh state: Khalistan. Based on a decade of research, it is argued that the failure of the movement to bring about a sovereign, Sikh state should not be interpreted as resulting from the weakness of the ‘communal’ ties which bind members of the Sikh ‘nation’ together, but points to the transformation of national identity under conditions of globalization. Globalization is perceived to have severed the link between nation and state and, through the proliferation and development of Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs), has facilitated the articulation of a transnational ‘diasporic’ Sikh identity. It is argued that this ‘diasporic’ identity potentially challenges the conventional narratives of international relations and makes the imagination of a post-Westphalian community possible. Theoretically innovative and interdisciplinary in approach, it will be primarily of interest to students of South Asian studies, political science and international relations, as well as to many others trying to come to terms with the continued importance of religious and cultural identities in times of rapid political, economic, social and cultural change.

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BNP exploiting the ‘Collective Amnesia’ of Marginalised Ethnic Minorities

Posted in Articles by Pippa on May 31, 2010

The BNP is exploiting tensions between Muslim and Sikh communities, threatening to destabilise fragile relations, a leading academic has revealed.

The launch of a new report by Faith Matters (www.faith-matters.org) warns the BNP is seeking to ‘fish in troubled waters by reaching out to sections of Sikhs (and Hindus) in order to form a tactical alliance against Muslims to promote Islamaphobia’.

This is the first time any kind of substantive research has been undertaken on Muslim and Sikh tensions. It is a new but very real and growing problem.

Professor Gurharpal Singh who authored the report on behalf of Faith Matters, an organisation which works to reduce conflict both nationally and internationally, warned that ‘as tensions grow it will become increasingly difficult to contain this dispute within Britain’.

Despite this, the report indicates that both communities are suffering from a ‘collective amnesia’. In other words they have forgotten they share a common heritage, culture and history.

‘The only way to resolve the crisis is to re discover the sense of shared cultural and historic identity – it is better for them to work together,’ added Professor Singh.

Faith Matters founder and director Fiyaz Mughal OBE said: ‘There is a collective amnesia among the two communities which must be addressed, and quickly, otherwise it may cause localised tensions to flare into actual violence.’

‘Although the report illustrates how the BNP have exploited existing tensions, it also highlights that – by realising both groups have a shared common heritage, culture and political experience – these tensions may be overcome’

Full Report:The Adab – ‘Respect’ Research Programme Final 020510

cfp: Pakistan Workshop 2011: The Politics of Space

Posted in Conferences by Pippa on May 31, 2010

The Lake District, 7th-9th May 2011

Although the use of space has been implicitly a part of many academic works, it is important to question how it is defined and reproduced. As a dynamic category, it is constantly divided, regulated and negotiated. In Pakistan, the division between the spaces of the private and the public, the visible and the invisible, between the rural and the urban, the legal and illegal, have in some places blurred and in others rigidified. The concept of space allows for an understanding of these and other categories on a concrete, literal and symbolic way. Some of the categories that emerge from within this realm include (but are not limited to):

– the increasing visibility of regional demands for greater autonomy
– the different and competing expressions of religiosity as well as of politics in space
– the sites at which gender is given meaning and reproduced
– the space of the home/domestic/private as opposed to the external / world /public
– changing and overlapping patterns of spatial segregation, communication and transport in the urban areas
– changing social realities and migration networks between urban and rural areas
– overlapping spheres of control occupied by the military, bureaucracy and elite groups
– spaces of resistance and protest
– diaspora
full details: PakistanWorkshop2011_CFP

Modern Poetry in Translation

Posted in News/Information by Pippa on May 31, 2010

We are inviting submissions for Modern Poetry in Translation, Third Series, Number 14, ‘Polyphony’, to be published in Autumn 2010. Please find attached the details of this issue.

Submissions should be sent by 1 August 2010, please, in hard copy, with return postage, to The Editors, Modern Poetry in Translation, The Queen’s College, Oxford, OX1 4AW. Unless agreed in advance, submissions by email will NOT be accepted. Only very exceptionally will we consider work that has already been published elsewhere. Translators are themselves responsible for obtaining any necessary permissions. Since we do sometimes authorize further publication on one or two very reputable websites of work that has appeared in MPT, the permissions should cover that possibility.
Web link: http://www.mptmagazine.com/

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Dasam Granth

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Sikhs in Europe: Migration, Identity and Translocal Practices

Posted in Conferences by Pippa on May 31, 2010

June 16 – 18 at the Centre for Theology and Religious Studies, Lund University

The Centre for Theology and Religious Studies at Lund University is organizing a conference on the Sikhs in Europe. The aim is to gather leading scholars in the multi-disciplinary field of Sikh studies and discuss current research projects focusing on patterns of migration, identity formations, self-representations, transmission of traditions and translocal practices among Sikhs in different parts of Europe. While two conference days are dedicated to presentation and peer-review of papers by the members of the academic network Sikhs-in-Europe, the third conference day will be a workshop for Ph.D. students affiliated to European universities. The conference is open to students and researchers in all disciplines.
Final programme: Sikhs in Europe – Final Conference Program (1)

DAWN.COM | Pakistan | Punjabi Taliban; a growing threat

Posted in Articles by Pippa on May 31, 2010

DAWN.COM | Pakistan | Punjabi Taliban; a growing threat.

DERA GHAZI KHAN: The Pakistan Taliban is not the sole militant group threatening Pakistan and the region.

Punjabi groups are deepening their ties with the Taliban, representing a growing threat for a country already hit hard by militant violence.

This was highlighted by the twin attacks in Lahore on Friday which killed between 80 and 95 members of the Ahmadi community. Initial investigations suggested a possible link to the Taliban operating from Waziristan.

Security officials in the region say while there are no “militant strongholds” in the province for them to enable them to operate independently – as is the case in northwest Pakistan – their presence in the area, especially in southern Punjab, cannot be denied.

Waiting for Spring by Nirupama Dutt

Posted in Articles by Pippa on May 8, 2010

The emergence of a Dalit identity in East Punjab is a recent development, spurred in part by the failure of Sikhism to abandon caste discrimination as it initially averred to do.

For us trees do not bear fruits
For us flowers do not bloom
For us there is no Spring
For us there is no Revolution …
– Lal Singh Dil –

These are lines from the last poem of Lal Singh Dil, hailed as the foremost revolutionary poet of Punjab. He passed away in 2007. The despondent note of the poem is both surprising and telling, for a poet who had once declared that the song and dance in his heart would not die, no matter how dire the circumstance. It took Dil a lifetime to discover this sad yet provocative truth, against the backdrop of the complexities of caste in Punjab. Yet centuries before Dil’s birth, the same frustration with caste was intricately linked to the emergence of the Sikh religion.
Read full article: Waiting for Spring. Punjabi Dalit Poets. Nirupama Dutt. Apr 10

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The Hermeneutics of Sikh Music (rāg) and Word (shabad)

Posted in Conferences by Pippa on May 8, 2010

May 21-23, 2010 Hofstra University Organized by the S.K.K.Bindra Chair in Sikh Studies

Is music a language? Is there meaning in music? Perhaps universal meaning – given the popular platitude that music is the only universal language. Or is the meaning in music mediated by culture to such an extent that one is hard put to speak of universals? If the latter then does that imply a cultural limit to the supposed universal nature of the Gurū Granth Sāhib arguably the musical text par excellence? If the Word needs to be translated across linguistic contexts then does Sikh music also require translation into culture-specific and musical idioms to be efficacious? How to interpret and translate musical meaning? Is it even possible?

The purpose of this conference is to bring these two crucial dimensions of Sikh thought and practice, philosophy and aesthetics, together to initiate an academic dialogue between the Word (language, meaning, interpretation) and its performance in Music and Song (rāg/melody, tāl/metric cycle, laya/tempo, bhāv/expression, instruments etc). The conference aims to grapple with a hermeneutics that can cater for both musical evocation (kīrtan) and philosophical contemplation (kathā) as one phenomenon.
Full details: http://www.hofstra.edu/Academics/Colleges/HCLAS/REL/SIKH/sikh_hermeneutics_may2010.html

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South Asian Diaspora, Volume 2, Issue 1 is now available online

Posted in Academic Journals by Pippa on May 8, 2010

South Asian Diaspora, Volume 2, Issue 1 is now available online at Informaworld: http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/title~db=all~content=g920438076
Special Issue: South Asian Diaspora and the BBC World Service: Contacts, Conflicts and Contestations
This new issue contains the following articles:

Mediating the diaspora Parvati Raghuram

Introduction – South Asian diasporas and the BBC World Service: contacts, conflicts, and contestations Marie Gillespie ; Alasdair Pinkerton ; Gerd Baumann ;Sharika Thiranagama

The BBC Empire Service: the voice, the discourse of the master and ventriloquism Andrew Hill

Partitioning the BBC: from colonial to postcolonial broadcaster Sharika Thiranagama

South Asian broadcasters in Britain and the BBC: talking to India (1941–1943) Ruvani Ranasinha

Bangladesh, 1971, and the BBC South Asian language services: perceptions of a conflict William Crawley

Sweet tales of the Sarangi: creative strategies and ‘cosmopolitan’ radio drama in Nepal Andrew Skuse

The Mumbai attacks and diasporic nationalism: BBC World Service online forums as conflict, contact and comfort zones Marie Gillespie; David Herbert; Matilda Andersson


Posted in New Publications by Pippa on May 8, 2010

THE SIKH SEPARATIST INSURGENCY IN INDIA. Political Leadership and Ethnonationalist Movements
JUGDEP S CHIMA Associate Editor for South Asia, Asian Survey, University of California, Berkeley

The Punjab crisis, a two-decade long armed insurgency that emerged as a violent ethnonationalist movement in the 1980s and gradually transformed into a secessionist struggle, resulted in an estimated 25,000 casualties in Punjab . This ethnonationalist movement, on one hand, ended the perceived notion of looking at Punjab as the model of political stability in independent India and, on the other, raised several lingering socio-political questions which have great effect on Indian politics for decades to come, including the prospects of recurring ethnic insurgencies.
It describes in detail the trends which led to the emergence of the Punjab crisis, the various dynamics through which the movement
sustained itself and the changing nature of patterns of political leadership which eventually resulted in its decline in the mid-1990s.
Providing a microhistorical analysis of the Punjab crisis, this book argues that the trajectories of ethnonationalist movements are largely
determined by the interaction between self-interested ethnic and state political elites, who not only react to the structural choices they face,
but whose purposeful actions and decisions ultimately affect the course of ethnic group state relations. It consolidates this theoretical
preposition through a comparative analysis of four contemporary global ethnonationalist movements those occurring in Chechnya , Northern
Ireland , Kashmir, and Assam .
Look inside via Amazon: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sikh-Separatist-Insurgency-India/dp/8132103025

British Religion in Number

Posted in Digital resources by Pippa on May 8, 2010

British Religion in Numbers, http://www.brin.ac.uk, has been officially launched. Please feel free to invite people to visit the site and explore the source catalogue, tables, charts, maps and text we have uploaded to date.

The site is (and always will be) a work in progress and we are still uploading data and commentaries, so please visit recurrently to see what we have added.

We also wanted to publicise the ‘blog’ feature (http://www.brin.ac.uk/news) and to encourage people to comment on the posts already made. Since we added this feature in January, we have posted 73 articles on new surveys and resources, research notes, and comments on news stories.
See further: http://www.brin.ac.uk/about/

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