Punjab Research Group

Special Issue of South Asian Diaspora: Imagining Punjab and the Punjabi Diaspora

Posted in Academic Journals, Articles, Migration, Poetry and Literature by Pippa on July 30, 2014

South Asian Diaspora Volume 6, Issue 2, 2014




Imagining Punjab and the Punjabi diaspora: after more than a century of Punjabi migration

Anjali Gera Roy


  • ‘The heart, stomach and backbone of Pakistan’: Lahore in novels by Bapsi Sidhwa and Mohsin Hamid Claire Chambers
  • Culture shock on Southall Broadway: re-thinking ‘second-generation’ return through ‘geographies of Punjabiness’ Kaveri Qureshi
  • Punjabiyat and the music of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan Virinder S. Kalra
  • Tracing Sufi influence in the works of contemporary Siraiki Poet, Riffat Abbas Nukhbah Taj Langah
  • Exiled in its own land: Diasporification of Punjabi in Punjab Abbas Zaidi
  • (Dis)honourable paradigms: a critical reading of Provoked, Shame and Daughters of Shame Shweta Kushal & Evangeline Manickam

New Publication on Sikh Studies: Diaspora: A Journal for Transnational Studies

Posted in Academic Journals, Diaspora, Migration, New Publications, News/Information, sikhs by gsjandu on April 9, 2014

Michael Nijhawan has alerted us of a new edition of the above journal that contains three papers on the Sikh diapora. One of which is as per this link:



The author can be reached on:

Michael Nijhawan
Associate Professor
Department of Sociology, York University
4700 Keele St, Toronto, ON, M3J 1P3
Phone: 416-736-2100 xt.77994
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Sikhs in Italy: New Publications

Posted in Academic Journals, Articles, Diaspora by gsjandu on February 26, 2014

Barbara Bertolani, an Italian Sociologist has recently authored two publications that include the Sikh Community in Italy. The first is available FREE via the following link:


The second publication is a US book:

Barbara Bertolani, “The Sikhs in Italy: A Growing Heterogeneous and Plural Presence”, in Giordan G. e Swatos W. (eds), Testing Pluralism. Globalizing Belief, Localizing Gods, Leiden-Boston, Brill, 2013 (pp. 75-93). (ISBN 978-90-04-25447-3 hardback; ISBN 978-90-04-25475-6 e-book).

For further info: bertolani.barbara@gmail.com

8:2013 South Asia Multidisciplinary Academic Journal: Delhi’s Margins

Posted in Academic Journals by Pippa on January 3, 2014

Edited by Radhika Govinda


This thematic issue is the first in a series of issues jointly co-edited by SAMAJ and the European Association for South Asian Studies (EASAS).

Radhika Govinda – Introduction. Delhi’s Margins: Negotiating Changing Spaces, Identities and Governmentalities

Radhika Govinda – ‘First Our Fields, Now Our Women’: Gender Politics in Delhi’s Urban Villages in Transition

Tarangini Sriraman – Enumeration as Pedagogic Process: Gendered Encounters with Identity Documents in Delhi’s Urban Poor Spaces

Martin Webb – Meeting at the Edges: Spaces, Places and Grassroots Governance Activism in Delhi

Véronique Dupont – Which Place for the Homeless in Delhi? Scrutiny of a Mobilisation Campaign in the 2010 Commonwealth Games Context

Link to journal: http://samaj.revues.org/

Journal of Punjab Studies Volume 19, no 2

Posted in Academic Journals by Pippa on February 12, 2013

The latest issue of the Journal of Punjab Studies is now uploaded at the following link: http://www.global.ucsb.edu/punjab/journal/v19_2/index.html

The issues includes the following articles:

Pritam Singh    Globalisation and Punjabi Identity: Resistance, Relocation and Reinvention (Yet Again!)
Tahir Kamran    Urdu Migrant Literati and Lahore’s Culture
Ilyas Chattha    Economic Change and Community Relations in Lahore Before Partition
Akhtar Hussain Sandhu    Sikh Failure on the Partition of Punjab 1947
Rana Nayar    The Novel as a Site for Cultural Memory: Guridal Singh’s Parsa
Ashutosh Kumar    2012 Assembly Elections in Punjab: Ascendance of a State Level Party

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Violence, Memory, and the Dynamics of Transnational Youth Formations

Posted in Academic Journals by Pippa on October 9, 2012

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Violence, Memory, and the Dynamics of Transnational Youth Formations

Eds Kamal Arora, Duygu Gül & Michael Nijhawan

We invite submissions for a special issue of Sikh Formations that tackles the relationship between violence, memory and transnational youth formations. In recent years, we are witnessing a massive mobilization of youth not only in the streets of the Middle East, but globally, from Spain to Quebec, and London to Athens. Youth are engaged in forms of identity making in contexts of neoliberal capitalism, authoritarian states, and diasporic spaces. This special issue seeks to shed light on youth subjectivities and contemporary forms of social and political engagements through a transnational lens. We invite contributions that assess the burgeoning forms of transnational contours of youth formations, and reflect on new languages emerging in encounters with states, political regimes and other actors. As this issue is interdisciplinary and the focus is transnational, scholarly papers as well as creative works that focus on a wide variety of geographical localities, including a transnational and/or diasporic component are welcome.

Broadly, we welcome papers that:

  • theorize youth formations in relation to violence and memory, which might include social and political activism, social media, multiculturalism and the state, diaspora and transnationalism, gendered identities, security and migration, religion and secularism;
  • reflect on the specificity, flexibility and adaptability of the category of “youth” in each analyzed context by paying specific attention to the politics of categorization;
  • examine diasporic contexts and formation of other youth constellations, be they nationally or internationally defined.

We invite authors to submit papers that reflect multiple interdisciplinary perspectives, including scholarly papers as well as creative works such as non-fiction narrative, poetry, memoir and photographic essays. The deadline for abstracts is: December 10th, 2012. Detailed abstracts of 300-500 words should be e-mailed to youthfor@yorku.ca by December 10th, 2012. Once abstracts have been selected by the editorial team, authors are requested to submit their manuscripts by May 1st, 2013. Manuscripts for scholarly papers should follow the format provided on ‘Instructions for Authors’ page of the Sikh Formations website and be between 8000 to 10000 words, including all notes and references. Narrative pieces or creative essays should not exceed 2000 words. If you wish to have more information about this special issue, please contact us at youthfor@yorku.ca .

Guest editors Kamal Arora, Duygu Gül & Michael Nijhawan.

Special Issue, Journal of Refugee Studies

Posted in Academic Journals, Partition by Pippa on October 1, 2012

Some of you may be interested in a couple of articles in the current edition of Journal of Refugee Studies.

Special Issue: The Refugee in the Postwar World, 1945–1960

Guest Editors: Anna Holian and G. Daniel Cohen

Volume 25 Issue 3 September 2012


Cabeiri Debergh Robinson, ‘Too Much Nationality: Kashmiri Refugees, the South Asian Refugee Regime, and a Refugee State, 1947–1974’


This article examines the development of a regional refugee regime through an examination of the international context in which ‘Kashmiri refugees’ emerged as rights-bearing political subjects. I distinguish between the refugee regime that was developing in Europe at the end of the Second World War and the refugee regime that was developing to handle the integration of Partition refugees into the new nation-states of Pakistan and India during the Partition of British colonial India in 1947. I also describe how the ‘Kashmiri refugee’ emerged as a distinct political subject within the South Asian refugee regime through treaties between India and Pakistan and provincial legal provisions, designated administrative practices by the national governments, and the eventual creation of a ‘refugee electorate’ in Azad Jammu and Kashmir. The constitution of a modern regional refugee regime that recognized refugees as inherently political subjects enables a critical perspective on the globalizing claims of the ‘international refugee regime’.


Tahir Naqvi, ‘Migration, Sacrifice and the Crisis of Muslim Nationalism’


Drawing on oral histories and British, Indian, and Pakistani archives of the post-Partition era, this article considers the historical subjectivity of refugees to Pakistan who came from the minority-Muslim provinces of India. In contrast to Muslim refugees who arrived under the cover of a bilateral transfer of population, Pakistan’s leadership discouraged residents of the minority-Muslim provinces from leaving India. I trace how migrants (muhajirs) from the minority-Muslim provinces imagine their migration in terms of the theologically informed concept of ‘sacrifice’. I contend that the sacrificial imaginary mediates the rupture that Pakistan’s sovereignty created between membership and inclusion within the Muslim nation.


Call for Papers: Special issue on Imagining Punjab and the Punjabi Diaspora

Posted in Academic Journals, Diaspora by santhyb on February 17, 2012

A Special Issue of South Asian Diaspora will be published in 2014 on: ‘Imagining Punjab and the Punjabi Diaspora’

Guest Editor: Anjali Gera Roy

South Asian Diaspora invites contributions to this Special Issue that will foreground the region within diaspora studies through focusing on Punjab, a land-locked region divided between India and Pakistan in 1947. The special issue will explore the importance of the home village/town/city, language and culture rather than the nation for many Punjabis living in the diasporas as well as for those displaced by the 1947 Partition, and will contribute to broader debates on transnationalism, postnationalism, micronationalism, and
new identity narratives emerging in the twenty first century. Papers will focus on Punjab as an ethno-spatial complex, a social form and a type of consciousness, and will address the ways in which multiple imaginings of Punjab as a site of diasporic nostalgia and longing produce inclusive as well as exclusionary narratives of self, home and community. Drawing on historical and post-colonial understandings of the region across a wide range of locations and disciplines, the papers will explore the importance of Punjab, Punjabi language and Punjabi culture in diasporic imagination, memory, identity, and everyday practices. By investigating the meanings of Punjab and Punjabiyat in the past and the present, the special issue will contribute to understandings of postnational formations within a South Asian context.

All invited and contributed manuscripts to this special issue will be peer reviewed. For guidelines of how to prepare the manuscript, please visit the journal website: http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/rsad
Manuscripts for the Special Issue should be submitted no later than 31 March 2013. Submission of manuscripts through electronic mail (preferably as MS Word attachment) to Anjali Gera Roy (anjali@hss.iitkgp.ernet.in) is especially encouraged. Alternatively,
please submit three printed copies and an electronic version (MS Word format on a floppydisk or a CD) of the manuscript to:

Professor Anjali Gera Roy
Department of Humanities & Social Sciences
Indian Institute of Technology
Kharagpur – 721 302
Phone : +91 3222 283616       (O);  +91 3222 283617       (R)

Fax : +91 3222 282270 (O)


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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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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>.

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

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