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‘In one hand a pen in the other a gun’: Punjabi language radicalism in Punjab, Pakistan by Kalra & Butt

Posted in Articles, New Publications by Pippa on September 18, 2013

‘In one hand a pen in the other a gun’: Punjabi language radicalism in Punjab, Pakistan by Virinder S. Kalra & Waqas M. Butt

Published in South Asian History and Culture, 2013

Abstract

The relationship between language and politics in South Asia has provided a rich vein for academic analysis as it is tied up with issues related to nationalism and political mobilization. However, much of this analysis has been based on the Indian reorganization of states along linguistic lines or the role of language in the Bangladeshi liberation movement. This article discusses the role of language in the mobilization of the Left in Pakistan, specifically the way in which Punjabi was utilized by the Mazdoor Kisan Party at the theoretical and practical levels, in its mobilizing in the early 1970s. The role that language played in the site of student politics is illustrated through a case study of Sahiwal College. Overall, the role that Punjabi played as a mobilizing tool for the Left in Pakistan demonstrates a practice where culture and politics are inseparable and in this sense the article contributes to the wider debates on language and politics in South Asia.

Full article: Punjabi Language Radicalism

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CFP: 1st South Asian History Conference, Punjabi University, Patiala

Posted in Conferences by Pippa on September 18, 2013

1st South Asian History Conference

On

Mapping the Economic and Social Dynamics of Modern South Asia: The Colonial Context

The Department of History, Punjabi University, Patiala, Punjab (India) will hold its 1st South Asian History Conference on 25- 27 October 2013 at the University campus. This three day conference aims to bring together historians, academicians, research scholars working on the countries of South Asia viz. India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Maldives, Bhutan, Sri Lanka,Afghanistan and Myanmar to cover the gap in South Asian historical studies.

Many socio-economic historical aspects of modern South Asia are still relatively under-researched. Therefore, the theme of the conference is to analyse changes in the economy and society of South Asia in the colonial context and to renew the debate whether colonialism underdeveloped South Asia or modernised its traditional society. The conference will not only open up new aspects of scholarly inquiry but will also help us to understand contemporary South Asia better.

Suggested Themes

Themes might include, but need not be limited to the following:

  • Agrarian class structure & Economy
  • Peasant Consciousness, Behavior and Movements
  • Labour Movements
  • Industry, Trade and Commerce
  • Caste, Class Community and Gender
  • Women’s role and place in society
  • Concept of Domesticity and Midwifery
  • Colonial Perception of Tribes
  • Crime and Criminality
  • Formation of Identities and Communalism as a Social Phenomena
  • Nature of Social Change- The Role of Government Legislations, Missionary Activities and Social Reform Movements
  • Cantonment Areas as a Social Space
  • Marginalization and Social Mobility

Full details: submission of paper punjabi university

Contact Information

Send in your queries at hist.conf2013@gmail.com or contact us at: +91-175-3046192 or +91-175-3046193

1. Dr. Kulbir Singh Dhillon, Professor and Head, Department of History and Dean Students Welfare

Mob:+91-9417385002

2. Dr. Jaspal Kaur Dhanju, Professor and Formerly Head, Department of History

Mob:+91-9915583843

3. Dr. Mohd. Idris, Asst. Professor, Department of History

Mob:+91-9814171786

Ghadar Party Centennial Celebration in Astoria, Oregon October 4-5, 2013

Posted in Events, News/Information by Pippa on September 9, 2013
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Cfp: Socio Economic Cooperation between India and Pakistan

Posted in Conferences, News/Information by Pippa on September 9, 2013

We are pleased to inform you that the Department of History and Pakistan Studies, University of the Punjab, Lahore is organizing an International Conference on Socio Economic Cooperation between India and Pakistan, to be held on 26-28 November at Lahore, Pakistan.

In view of the above, the proposed three day conference shall focus on the following broad themes:

1.        Indo-Pak relations in Historical perspective

2.        Trade relations between two countries.

3.        Potentialities of investment and joint ventures between India and Pakistan.

4.        Cooperation between two Punjabs: Agriculture, Trade and Investment.

5.        Infrastructural linkages between two Punjab.

6.        Security issues between India and Pakistan.

7.        Cultural cooperation between two countries and especially on Punjab.

8.        Academic cooperation between two countries and especially on Punjab.

The above list of sub-themes is providing a guideline, however, paper contributors may write on any topic relevant to the main theme of the seminar. Please contact Prof. Dr. Muhammad Iqbal Chawla, for further details: chawla_iqbal@yahoo.com

Prof. Dr. Muhammad Iqbal Chawla, Dean, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, & Chairman Department of History & Pakistan Studies, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan.

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