Punjab Research Group


Posted in Conferences, Events by Pippa on March 27, 2015

Date: 06-08 November, 2015

Venue: THAAP, 43-G, Gulberg-III, Lahore, Pakistan.

Dear Friend,

THAAP is a forum of academics and professionals dedicated to improving the state of education, particularly in the field of Arts, Architecture and Culture. Friends and colleagues made THAAP Conferences 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 successful and now, I am happy to announce the launch of THAAP Conference 2015. With your contributions I am sure this too will be a great success.

THAAP has organized five international conferences, various talks, evening series and cultural events from year 2010 onwards. First Thaap Conference 2010, titled ‘Historiography of Architecture in Pakistan and the Region’ projected various viewpoints in the writing of history. A consensus developed that history acquires a meaning for the people if written from their perspective. Second Thaap Conference 2011 on ‘Portrait of Lahore: Capital City of the Punjab’ projected the city as an integrated human endeavor. Third Thaap Conference 2012 on ‘Life in Small Towns’ studied various small towns from all over the world in which life becomes the focal point of any composite and meaningful study of towns. Fourth Thaap Conference 2013 on ‘Cultural Roots of Art and Architecture of the Punjab’ explored different dimensions of the sub-continental Punjab to resolve the identity crisis we are in today as Punjabis. Fifth THAAP Conference 2014 focused on exploring the ‘Culture, Art and Architecture of the Marginalized and the Poor’. This year Sixth THAAP Conference 2015 sets out to shed light on ‘People’s History of Pakistan’. Please see the attached Call for Paper for details.

All interested scholars are invited to participate and write a paper. We welcome contributions from all over the world. We learn from each other.

Kindly email us 300-word abstract of your paper by APRIL 15, 2015. A confirmation email will be sent to you when we receive your abstract. If you do not get the confirmation email within a week of sending your abstract, please assume that we have not received your abstract and send us the abstract again.

The Paper Selection Committee will inform the selected paper readers by May 01, 2015. The full paper will be due by September 30, 2015.

Travel costs of selected paper readers (Economy Class Fare from point of origin to Lahore and return) and local hospitality will be provided during the conference.

Looking forward for your active participation in THAAP Conference 2015.

Email: thaap.conference@gmail.com

Address: 43-G, Gulberg-III

Lahore, Pakistan

THAAP Talk Series: People’s History of Pakistan

Posted in Events by Pippa on March 27, 2015

23rd THAAP Talk by Mr. Tahir Mehdi

Mr. Tahir Mehdi has kindly agreed to give the 23rd THAAP Talk on

“GAWALAY OF LAHORE: A history of resistance against land grabbers and corporate onslaught”

SATURDAY, APRIL 04, 2015 at 6 pm, 43-G, Gulberg-III, Lahore, Pakistan


“Gawalay of Lahore: A history of resistance against land grabbers and corporate onslaught”

Speaker: Mr. Tahir Mehdi

Chairperson: Prof. Dr. Anis A. Siddiqi

The talk is about the untold story of peri-urban milk entrepreneurs of Lahore who fought against much more powerful and highly sophisticated adversaries in market, in ‘battlefield’ and in courts of law and survived.

Mr. Tahir Mehdi works at Punjab Lok Sujag, an advocacy and research organization that aims to put ‘local issues high on global agenda’. He is also a part-time journalist writing mostly for dawn.com

cfp: SOAS South Asia Institute and Punjab Research Group

Posted in PRG Meetings by Pippa on March 27, 2015

The Politics of the Social and Beyond: Hegemonies, Resistances, and Negotiations

Date: 27 June 2015 at 10:00 AM

Venue: B 104, Brunei Gallery, SOAS, University of London

Call for Papers

A one-day workshop hosted by the SOAS South Asia Institute, University of London

“The Politics of the Social and Beyond: Hegemonies, Resistances, and Negotiations”.

The SOAS South Asia Institute (SSAI) is pleased to announce a call for papers for the next Punjab Research Group meeting in June. The SSAI welcomes this opportunity to host the bi-annual PRG meeting and is supporting a number of Punjab-related initiatives, including teaching and research as well as the hosting of a monthly poetry/study group Sangat: Dialog Punjab open to the public.

The realm of the social is often viewed primarily through relations and interactions which exist alongside or even in spite of wider political, historical and economic processes. This one-day workshop aims to bring together a number of papers which focus on the ways in which the social informs and is informed by these broader processes by focusing upon how domination, governance, resistance, and negotiation have taken place over time.

Paper presenters are invited to submit expressions of interest, titles, and abstracts of 200 words. While the theme is a broadly stated one on the politics of the social, this can be interpreted in a plethora of ways. The invitation to submit titles and abstracts is extended to all disciplines, and the intention is that the day will result in an inter-disciplinary dialogue.

This PRG meeting will be co-organised by Navtej Purewal (SOAS) and Pippa Virdee (De Montfort University).

Please send 200 word abstracts, titles, and expressions of interest by May 1st to ssai@soas.ac.uk.


This workshop will charge a minimal fee towards lunch.

Further information: http://www.soas.ac.uk/south-asia-institute/events/

State Formation and the Establishment of Non-Muslim Hegemony Post-Mughal 19th-century Punjab by Rishi Singh

Posted in New Publications by Pippa on March 27, 2015

rishi singhState Formation and the Establishment of Non-Muslim Hegemony Post-Mughal 19th-century Punjab by Rishi Singh

This book explores one of the most crucial factors leading to the non-Islamic paradigm in the political and social fabric of Punjab—the emergence of a Sikh ‘space’ from the time of advent of the gurus.

It examines the Punjab state under Maharaja Ranjit Singh and his rightful domination over the majority Muslim subjects.

The conversion of Punjabis both from Hindu and Muslim backgrounds to Sikhism began to create problems for the Muslim elites in Punjab, even though Muslim and Sikh leaderships engaged with each other. The book traces how Ranjit Singh derived legitimacy from Muslim subjects in five crucial areas of governance: religion, justice, army, agrarian policy and the formation of new Muslim elites.

Sangat: Dialog Punjab

Posted in Events, News/Information, Poetry and Literature by Pippa on March 27, 2015

Sangat: Dialog Punjab

Poetry is engrained in every aspect of the lives, stories, music, politics, philosophy, faith and culture of Punjabis. A number of us are gathering together to explore Punjabi poetry through time (and through this, a history of Punjab), meeting once a month at SOAS.

Starting with Baba Farid (12th century) through to Najm Hosain Syed and Amarjit Chandan writing today, we will focus in each session, on one or two poets; reading their poetry, listening to it being sung, and discussing it along with the historical/political/ philosophical context. We hope to have leading Punjabi poet Amarjit Chandan joining us for most of the sessions, sharing his knowledge, along with other guest writers/scholars/singers.

We welcome those of all ages and levels, those with knowledge, passion and interest that can be shared and developed, but also those who are new to Punjabi poetry/literature, who may not read Gurmukhi/Shahmukhi or be proficient in Punjabi, but want to listen and explore – we especially encourage you to join us.

For further information please contact ssai@soas.ac.uk.

Forthcoming Events

Session 2: Baba Nanak

7 April 2015, Russell Square: College Buildings, 4429, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Session 3: Ravidas and Kabir

5 May 2015, Russell Square: College Buildings, 4429, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Session 4: Guru Gobind Singh

9 June 2015, Brunei Gallery, B104, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Session 5: Sultan Bahu and Bulleh Shah

7 July 2015, Brunei Gallery, B102, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Session 6: Waris Shah & Damoodar (Heer)

4 August 2015, Russell Square: College Buildings, 4429, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

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