Punjab Research Group

Call For Papers: Cultures of Decolonisation, c. 1945-1970 Symposium

Posted in Conferences, News/Information by hassanjavid on November 29, 2011

Date: Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Venue: Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London, Senate House

Keynote Speaker: Dr Bill Schwarz, Queen Mary, University of London

Call for Papers: This symposium will bring together scholars with an interest in the cultural practices, performances and material cultures of decolonisation, c.1945-1970.

While the problems of ’empire’ and ‘the postcolonial’ have come under increasing scrutiny in the humanities and social sciences in recent years, and debate about the political and economic processes of decolonisation is well established, the cultural sites, spaces and social practices of this process in the middle years of the twentieth century have often been overlooked.

Yet new scholarship is beginning to point to the attention that the literary, visual and built environment paid to political, economic and social change in this period. In addition, the roles of individuals and institutions in cultural practices and performances of decolonisation are now drawing critical attention from a variety of fields. This symposium will bring together scholars from history, art and design history, cultural geography, literature, museum studies, architecture and other cultural fields to further explore these topics with regard to decolonisation between 1945 and 1970.

We invite contributions which examine aspects of cultural engagements with decolonisation. Papers may consider the peoples, sites, materials and practices of emerging and newly independent nations, as well as the processes of decolonisation as enacted in Europe. This event will lend new insights into debates about the contested nature of decolonisation, and into the impact of cultural practices on socio-political processes.

Papers might focus on:
. Cultural institutions and their reactions to and engagements with decolonisation
. Amateurs, professionals and enthusiasts in decolonisation
. Imperial knowledges, materials and collections, and their place in a decolonising world
. Specific media as arenas for political exchange
. Cultural sites of independence and decolonisation
. Visual and performance cultures of decolonisation
. Decolonising lives
. Networks of decolonisation

Please send abstracts of 250 words or expressions of interest to Dr Ruth Craggs, St Mary’s University College (craggsr@smuc.ac.uk) and Dr Claire Wintle, University of Brighton (c.wintle@brighton.ac.uk) by 30 January 2012.

Symposium Website:

Supported by the Institute for Commonwealth Studies, University of London; School of Humanities, University of Brighton, and St Mary’s University College.

Contemporary South Asia: Call for papers

Posted in Academic Journals, News/Information by santhyb on November 29, 2011

Call for papers for a special issue of Contemporary South Asia: Gendered and social consequences of innovations in South Asia

Gender relations in South Asia are considered as a major developmental challenge of the area. Technological, social and organizational innovations have potential for improving living conditions and supporting people’s active participation but they may as well work against the better interests of the disadvantaged.

Here, we are interested in technical, social and organizational innovations that have a particular developmental role in South Asia, such as mobile phones, use of ultrasound for sex detection, micro credit, or social business strategies. Here, we will look at innovations as social phenomena: they are never merely commercial or technical ventures or products. They are necessarily socio-cultural projects, put into practice and created by socially-situated individuals and groups. Thus the interest lies more on the process than on the end result of innovation.

The idea of an innovation entails a taken-for-granted positive and useful goal – improving wellbeing by adopting something new or doing something differently than before. We would like to forward a call for papers examining whether the implementation or creation of an innovation actually manages to transform social structures of inequality, particularly gender relations, in South Asia. Or do innovations socially reinforce existing inequalities while benefitting only some particular actors?

This special issue seeks contributions that do not see innovations merely as economic or technological ventures but also as socio-cultural projects that have important gender-specific and cultural frames and consequences. In order to strengthen our understanding on how social and other innovations work in starkly hierarchical societies of South Asia, positioned, contextualized and culture-specific micro-level analyses are needed.

Guest editors: Minna Säävälä (Population Research Institute, Helsinki) & Sirpa Tenhunen (University of Helsinki)

Article manuscripts analysing primary data are sought. Please send a synopsis of maximum 500 words to the guest editors minna.saavala@vaestoliitto.fi and sirpa.tenhunen@helsinki.fi by 31th Jan 2012. The special issue is scheduled to be published in 2014.

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Political Theology, special issue ‘Ten Years After 9/11’

Posted in Academic Journals, New Publications by santhyb on November 29, 2011

The editors of Political Theology are pleased to announce that the latest issue is now available on the web.  PT 12.5 (2011) is a special issue entitled ‘Ten Years After 9/11’, in which twenty-two contributors from across the religious spectrum take stock of the events of September 11, 2001 and their aftermath. Perspectives are offered from theologians, specialists in the study of religion, historians, philosophers, ethicists, anthropologists and political scientists. A number of the contributors are active in the area of interreligious dialogue and interfaith relations. Some are grassroots activists.

To continue reading this introduction, please visit: http://www.politicaltheology.com/blog/?p=526

Political Theology Vol 12, No 5 (2011): Ten Years After 9/11

Table of Contents

Guest Editorial
Editorial: An Alternative Vision (641-644)
Colleen Kelly

Political Theology Ten Years After 9/11 (645-659)
Julie Clague

“Do Not Despair of God’s Mercy”: Reflections on the Divine Mercy in
Times of Tragedy (660-665)
Abdulaziz Sachedina

September 11: Meaning in Fragments (666-671)
W. Clark Gilpin

Fragments: Reflections in a Shattered Screen (672-677)
Tina Beattie

9/11 – 100 Years On (678-684)
Hugh Goddard

The War on Terror: Secular or Sacred? (685-690)
William T. Cavanaugh

The World As We Know It (691-695)
Jean Bethke Elshtain

In the Decade After 9/11 (696-698)
Amir Hussain

American by Force, Muslim by Choice (699-705)
Amina Wadud

Keeping Shari’a and Reclaiming Jihad (706-712)
Irfan A. Omar

Osama bin Laden as a Multi-Vocal Symbol (713-721)
Richard Gauvain

The Problem of Religious Violence (722-726)
Alan Mittleman

September 11, 2001: Remember Forgetting (727-736)
Asma Barlas

The Legacy of 9/11: A Decade of Denial and Destruction (737-743)
Reza Pankhurst

Tragedy and Triumphalism (744-751)
Lenn E. Goodman

The Emerging Phenomena of Post-9/11 (752-761)
Shaykh Ahmed Abdur Rashid

Fighting Terrorism through Generosity: The Spiritual Approach to
Homeland Security (762-769)
Rabbi Michael Lerner

The Line Dividing Good and Evil (770-777)
Marina Cantacuzino

After 9/11: Religion and Politics (778-782)
David Novak

Collapsing Horizons (783-791)
Marius Timmann Mjaaland

Mourning 9/11: Walter Benjamin, Gillian Rose, and the Dual Register of
Mourning (792-800)
Ted A. Smith

Political Theology

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Partition and Locality. Violence, Migration, and Development in Gujranwala and Sialkot, 1947–1961 by Ilyas Chattha

Posted in Migration, New Publications, Partition by Pippa on November 27, 2011

This book provides original and challenging insights into the processes of violence, demographic transformation, and physical reconstruction arising from partition of the subcontinent in 1947. The study focuses on the cities of Gujranwala and Sialkot that experienced violence, demographic shift, and economic transformation in different ways. The work is not only a significant contribution to the understanding of the Partition process of British India and its aftermath in Punjab that became Pakistani territory, but it also provides an authoritative and thought-provoking approach to the themes of broader twentieth-century processes of collective violence, mass displacements, and economic recovery.

About the Author: Educated at the Universities of Warwick and Southampton, Dr Ilyas Chattha obtained a PhD in 2009. He is presently based at the Centre for Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies, University of Southampton, and is carrying out research on the impact of Partition on the Punjabi Christians in Pakistan.

To Purchase: http://www.oup.com.pk/shopexd.asp?id=2104

EXCERPT: Stories of an unacknowledged massacre: http://www.dawn.com/2011/10/23/excerpt-stories-of-an-unacknowledged-massacre.html

Book review in Pakistan Today: http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2011/10/the-review-30th-october-2011/

Call for Contributions: The Economics of Military Conflict in South Asia

Posted in New Publications, News/Information by Pippa on November 27, 2011

The Economics of Military Conflict in South Asia

We seek original contributions from a wide range of disciplines including economics, econometrics, political science, international relations, strategic studies and public policy for an inter-disciplinary collection of essays to be published in a proposed special edition on the economics of military conflict in South Asia in the Journal of Asian Public Policy. Contributions should address an economic and public policy aspect of military conflict in a country, or combination of countries, from South Asian including Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Sri Lanka. Studies of both inter- and sub-state conflict (including separatist movements and non-state actors) are welcome. Final articles should be 4,000-7,000 words in length with an expected date of publication in late 2012 or early 2013.

Possible topics include:
* The effects of conflict on trade or economic growth
* The economic determinants and costs of conflict
* Public policy responses and solutions to conflict
* The economic and social effects of military spending
* The economic impediments and imperatives of peace

Interested contributors should send a 200 word abstract with a brief biographical note to mwebb@pi.ac.ae or albert.wijeweera@scu.edu.au by 15 December 2011. Authors of selected abstracts will be contacted in early 2012. Final contributions will be subject to a process of peer review before publication.

Lecturer in Indian History or Politics, Australian National University

Posted in Vacancies by Pippa on November 27, 2011

Australian National University, School of Culture, History and Language
Lecturer in Indian History or Politics
Institution Type:   College / University
Location:   Australia
Position:   Lecturer

The School of Culture, History and Language (CHL) is one of four
Schools within the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific. Unique in the
world, the school is focused on deep, cutting-edge research and
teaching about the people, languages and land of Asia and the Pacific.

The South Asia Program in the the School of Culture, History and
Language, ANU College of Asia and the Pacific, will appoint a Lecturer
in Indian History or Politics (equivalent to Assistant Professor,
tenure track) to coordinate and contribute to the teaching of Indian
History or Politics at undergraduate level. The successful candidate
will have a PhD along with demonstrated potential for high-level
research. Fluency in a modern language is expected and ideally the
successful candidate will commence the position in mind-2012.
Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Contact: Dr McComas Taylor
Telephone: +61 2 6125 3179
Email: mccomas.taylor@anu.edu.au

To make an application, please go to

Website: http://chl.anu.edu.au/
Primary Category: Cultural History / Studies
Secondary Categories: South Asian History / Studies

Posting Date: 11/22/2011
Closing Date 01/16/2012

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Arts and Aesthetics in a Globalising World’ at JNU, Delhi, April 3-6th 2012

Posted in Conferences by Pippa on November 27, 2011
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The Lost British Accounts of Sikh Texts, 27th November 2011

Posted in Events, News/Information, sikhs by hassanjavid on November 16, 2011

6 PhD Scholarships at the Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures, University of Hamburg

Posted in PhD Studentship by hassanjavid on November 16, 2011

The Graduate School of the “Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures” (CSMC, Integriertes Graduiertenkolleg im Sonderforschungsbereich 950 “Manuskriptkulturen in Asien, Afrika und Europa”) at the University of Hamburg invites applications for:

6 PH. D. Scholarships (2012-2015)

Scholarships of Euro 1.365 per month (tax free) are granted for a period of three years, starting April 1st, 2012. Additional support according to individual need is available.

The CSMC is a unique research centre for the historical and comparative study of manuscript cultures in Asia, Africa, and Europe building on decades of manuscript studies at the University of Hamburg. It was recently established with a generous grant from the German Research Association (DFG) in order to develop a comprehensive approach to manuscript cultures including disciplines such as philology, palaeography, codicology, art history, and material analysis.

Communication in the international research community of the Centre is conducted in English, Ph. D. (Dr. phil.) dissertations should be written in English or German.

Information can be found on the Centre’s webpage which will be continually updated: http://www.manuscript-cultures.uni-hamburg.de <http://www.manuscript-cultures.uni-hamburg.de/>

We are looking for highly qualified and highly motivated Ph. D. students with an M.A. or equivalent degree in all disciplines studying manuscript cultures regardless of region. Applications from candidates expecting to finish their degree before April 2012 are welcome.

Applications with a research proposal compatible with the programme of the Centre’s objectives, CV and copies of B.A., M.A. or other relevant certificates must be sent to the Director of the Graduate School before December 31st, 2011: Prof. Dr. Oliver Huck, Fakultät für Geisteswissenschaften, CSMC, Edmund-Siemers-Allee 1, 20146 Hamburg, Germany or
via email to oliver.huck@uni-hamburg.de<mailto:oliver.huck@uni-hamburg.de>.

Workshop on Asian Migration to Scandinavia, 12-14 December 2011

Posted in Conferences, News/Information by hassanjavid on November 16, 2011

Date: 12-14 December 2011

Venue: NORASIA IV Conference, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway

Call for Papers: People from Asia have migrated to Scandinaviafor several decades and have increasingly made their presence felt in the region. Labour migration from e.g. South Asia gathered momentum during the 1960s and 1970s, accompanied by refugees and asylum seekers from many countries in Asia. More recently, as the various national laws governing migration to Scandinavia were modified and made stricter, casual migration has given way to family reunification and new forms of labour migration comprised inter alia by educational migrants, care workers and highly skilled engineers, doctors and nurses. In this workshop we aim to explore the vast field of Asian migration to Scandinavia by engaging in an exploratory and ambitious comparative exercise. What can we learn by comparing vastly different patterns of migration originating in Asia, and passing through or terminating in Scandinavia? Which cultural, national and regional differences make a difference, and how do changing legislative frameworks enable or constrain migrant practices? We particularly invite MA and PhD students with recent field experience to present their work. Topics covered under this broad umbrella include, but is not limited to:

  • Histories of migration and community formation in the diaspora
  • Homeland concerns, religious revivalism and diaspora politics
  • Labour, cross-border remittances and global economic flows
  • International terrorism, crime, trafficking and drugs
  • Legislative processes and changing legal frameworks
  • Majority – minority relations

Kindly send your abstract to the organisers no later than 15 November:

Karina Dalgas, Univ.of Copenhagen, arina.Dalgas@anthro.ku.dk

Kenneth Bo Nielsen, SUM, Univ.of Oslo, K.B.Nielsen@sum.uio.no

New E-Journal: Religion and Gender

Posted in Academic Journals, News/Information by hassanjavid on November 16, 2011

The new e-journal Religion and Gender is pleased to announce the publication of its first issue. This volume addresses the theme ‘Critical Issues in the Study of Religion and Gender’ and is freely available online <http://www.religionandgender.org/index.php/rg/issue/current>.

The next two volumes of the journal will explore the themes ‘Religion, Gender and Multiculturalism’ (Winter 2011) and ‘Masculinities and Religion: Continuities and Change’ (Spring 2012).

Religion and Gender is a refereed, online, open access journal for the systematic study of gender and religion in an interdisciplinary perspective. The journal explores the relation, confrontation and intersection of gender and religion, taking into account the multiple and changing manifestations of religion in diverse social and cultural contexts. It analyses and reflects critically on gender in its interpretative and imaginative dimensions and as a fundamental principle of social ordering. It seeks to investigate gender at the intersection of feminist, sexuality, queer, masculinity and diversity studies.

Religion and Gender is edited by a small team of managing editors, supported by an international editorial board and an advisory board consisting of renowned scholars in the broad field of the study of religion and gender. As an academic journal, Religion and Gender aims to publish high level contributions from the Humanities and from qualitative and conceptual studies in the Social Sciences. It wants to focus in particular on contemporary debates and topics of emerging interest. The editors invite you to submit articles, book reviews, literature surveys of discussion papers, or to propose special issues.

You are encouraged to register <http://www.religionandgender.org/index.php/rg/user/register> at our website as a reader of Religion and Gender. As a registered user you will be notified when new issues of the journal are published. Occasionally you will also receive announcements related to the journal and other items of your interest.
You may also follow the journal on Academia.edu<http://religionandgender.academia.edu/ReligionandGenderejournal>
or on LinkedIn<http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Religion-Gender-4138623?home=&gid=4138623&trk=anet_ug_hm>.

Symposium: Digitial Religion, Abo June 13-15 2012

Posted in Conferences, News/Information by hassanjavid on November 16, 2011

Date: 13-15 June 2012

Venue: The Donner Institute, Abo Akademi University,  Abo/Turku, Finland

Programme: The Donner institute will arrange a Symposium 13-15 June 2012 in Åbo/Turku, Finland
The theme we have chosen for the Donner Institute 23rd Symposium is Digital Religion.

The conference “Digital Religion” aims to explore the complex relationship between religion and digital technologies of communication.
Digital religion encompasses a myriad of connections between religionand digital technologies of communication and the goal of the  conference is to approach the subject from multiple perspectives.

Keynote speakers:

Ass. Prof. Heidi Campbell, Texas A & M University, Texas
Prof. Mia Lövheim, Uppsala University, Sweden
Prof. Jolyon Mitchell, University of Edinburg, UK
Dr. Marcus Moberg, Åbo Akademi University, Finland
Dr. Alexander Ornella, University of Hull, UK
Prof. Michael Pye, Phillips-Universität Marburg, Germany
Dr. Sofia Sjö, Åbo Akademi University, Finland

Call for Papers: Please send your application to give a paper, with a short abstract included, to the Donner Institute no later than February 15 2012.

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