Punjab Research Group

PRG conference, 25 March 2017, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford.

Posted in News/Information, PRG Meetings by Pippa on March 21, 2017

We are delighted to share with you the programme for the upcoming PRG conference on Saturday, 25 March 2017, at the Oxford Brookes University, Oxford.

Please find attached the PRG PROGRAM Handbook 25 March 2017 and Programme Outline PRG 25 March 2017 containing the details of the papers to be presented and other relevant information. The booking fee for all conference guests and speakers is £10 per person. The fee can be paid at the time of registration using following modes:

1. International speakers: CASH only
2. UK speakers: Cash or cheque. The cheque should be payable to ‘Prof Eleanor Nesbitt Punjab Research Group Account’.

You are very welcome to forward this on to any friends who you think might also be interested in attending as a guest. If you would like to book a place for the day, please complete the guest registration form online as soon as possible at Registration

We would also encourage you to use the above link to spread the word about the conference on social media and elsewhere.

Looking forward to meeting you on the 25th!

Best wishes,
Raj
(on behalf of the PRG)

R Mann
Research Degree Student
Oxford Brookes University
Oxford, United Kingdom

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cfp: ‘Punjab: Past, Present, Future’ Punjab Research Group Conference, March 25, 2017

Posted in News/Information, PRG Meetings by Pippa on January 31, 2017

The Punjab Research Group has been hosting conferences at least twice a year since 1984, and was established as an inclusive and all-embracing forum to provide a platform for discussion and debate on issues pertaining to East and West Punjab as well as the Punjabi diaspora. During the past 33 years, the PRG has provided space for academics to interact with each other regardless of territorial or disciplinary boundaries. This is especially important given the often-strained relationship between India and Pakistan, which has prevented discussion and dialogue between scholars of East and West Punjab.

Our first conference for 2017 will be held as a one-day event on 25th March in Oxford. We welcome submissions from scholars, academics, young researchers, journalists, artists, and activists for an inter-disciplinary discussion focusing on the theme of ‘Punjab: Past, Present and Future’.

Speakers are invited to give paper-presentations/performances that can cover a broad range of content, including, but not limited to: history, philosophy, politics, gender, religion, environmental studies, economics, diaspora issues, linguistics, literature, poetry, arts, and culture.

We particularly welcome proposals exploring the genesis of Punjab, intersections between the ‘3 Punjabs’, going beyond the 1947 borders: to deepen our perspective on the ‘connected histories’, and to envision interrelated futures, of the region.

Please send 200-word abstracts and expressions of interest to R.S.Mann, Nadia Singh and Geeta Sinha at punjabresearchgroup@gmail.com by 17th February 2017.

Notification of Acceptance: 25th February 2017
If you would like to register as a guest for this event, please book a ticket using our

online form: http://www.punjabresearchgroup.eventbrite.com
We look forward to seeing you in Oxford soon!

‘Punjab: Past, Present, Future’ : Punjab Research Group Conference, 2016

Posted in News/Information, PRG Meetings by Pippa on October 29, 2016

Please the updated programme for the PRG conference taking place today.

Description

The Punjab Research Group has been hosting conferences at least twice a year since 1984, and was established as an inclusive and all- embracing forum for discussion and debate on issues pertaining to East and West Punjab as well as the Punjabi diaspora. During the past 32 years, the PRG has provided space for academics to interact with each other regardless of territorial or disciplinary boundaries. This is especially important given the strained relationship between India and Pakistan, which has prevented discussion and dialogue between scholars of East and West Punjab.

Our second conference for 2016 will be held as a one-day event on 29 October in Oxford. We are pleased to welcome academics, young researchers, journalists, artists and activists from across the globe for an inter-disciplinary discussion focusing on the theme of ‘Punjab: Past, Present and Future’.

PROGRAMME OUTLINE

09.00- 09.30:        Registration

09.30- 09.45:        Welcome Address: Prof. Pritam Singh, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford.

09.45 -11.15:        Session I    Colonial Punjab: Multiple Facets

Chair:         Prof. Iftikhar Malik, Bath Spa University

09.45 – 10.05:       The Martial Race Theory & The Self-Identification of Sikh Soldiers in World War One

                              Amrit Kaur Lohia, Musician and MA History,

                              SOAS, University of London

10.05-10.25:         Mule-breeding in the colonial Punjab: A Frustrated Enterprise

                              Prof. William G. Clarence-Smith, SOAS, University of London

10.25-10.45:         Charhdee Kala: Akali Morchas, Indian Nationalism, and the Politics of Selfhood

                              Avinash Singh, Independent Researcher, USA

10.45-11.15:         Discussion

11.15-11.30:         Coffee Break

11.30-12.40:         Session II   Cultures: Material and Literary

Chair:                  Prof. Eleanor Nesbitt, Professor Emerita,

                           University of Warwick

11.30-11.50:         Sikh Interpretations of the Mughal Shalamar Garden in Lahore

                             Dr. Nadhra Shahbaz Naeem Khan, Assistant Professor, Lahore University of Management            Sciences

11.50 -12.10:        Political Consciousness of Punjabi Poetry of the post-1990s

                             Amandeep Kaur, PhD Candidate, Panjab University, Chandigarh

12.10 -12.40:        Discussion

12.40 -13.30:        Lunch Break

13.30-14.00:         Conference Announcements regarding Publications, Scholarships and Research Projects

14.00-15.10:         Session III          Postcolonial Punjab: Economic Trajectories

Chair:                     Dr. Navtej Purewal, Deputy Director, SOAS South Asia Institute

14:00-14:20:          Punjab: The Long Road to Social Protection

                               Nadia Singh, PhD Candidate, Oxford Brookes University

14:20-14:40          Merchant’s Capital in Punjab’s Agriculture: Reflections on Farmer-Arhtia Relations

                              Shreya Sinha, PhD Candidate, SOAS, University of London

14.40-15.10:         Discussion

15.10-15.30:         Coffee Break

15.30-16.40:         Session IV  Postcolonial Punjab: Political Trajectories

Chair:                     Dr. Meena Dhanda, Reader, University of Wolverhampton

15.30-15.50:         The Migrant, Migrant-in-Waiting and the Non-Migrant: Diverse Trajectories of Social        Mobility

                             Sugandha Nagpal, PhD Candidate, University of East Anglia

15.50-16.10:          Pakistan and the Christians: Creating a Sense of Belonging

                              Dr. Yaqoob Bangash, IT University of the Punjab, Lahore

16:10-16:40          Discussion

16.40-17.00:         Deliberation on/Announcement of Best Presenter Award

17.00-17.45:         Open Session including Poetry and Music

17.45-18.00          Note of Thanks

PRG conference, Saturday, 29 October, Wolfson College, Oxford

Posted in News/Information, PRG Meetings by Pippa on October 26, 2016

Attached is the programme for the upcoming PRG conference on Saturday, 29 October, at Wolfson College, Oxford.

You are very welcome to forward this on to any friends who you think might also be interested in attending as a guest. If you would like to book a place for the day, please complete the guest registration form online as soon as possible at :

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/punjab-past-present-future-punjab-research-group-conference-2016-tickets-27455044778

Full Programme:programme-outline-prg-22-october-2016

Abstracts: prg-conference-abstracts_-22-october-2016

We would also encourage you to use the above link to spread the word about the conference on social media and elsewhere.

Looking forward to meeting you on the 29th!

Best wishes,
Radha
on behalf of the PRG

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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

Sangat: Dialog Punjab

Posted in Events, News/Information, Poetry and Literature by Pippa on February 19, 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.

The first session is on Monday 9th March 2015, 6-8 pm at SOAS Russell Square (Room T102) and after that, on the first Monday of every month.

Session 1 (Monday March 9th):                  Baba Farid and Shah Hussain

Session 2 (Monday April 6th):                   Guru Nanak

Session 3 (Monday May 4th):                     Sant Ravidas and Kabir

Session 4 (Monday June 1st):                   Guru Gobind Singh

Session 5 (Monday July 6th):                   Sultan Bahu and Bulleh Shah

Session 6 (Monday August 3rd):         Waris Shah and Damoodar (Heer)

Future sessions (open to suggestions): Women’s folk songs, Peero, Amrita Pritam, Shiv Kumar Batalvi, Paash and Lal Singh Dil, Sant Ram Udasi, Gurdas Ram Alam, Najm Hosain Syed, Amarjit Chandan

For more information, email sangat.punjab@gmail.com

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Lahore Literary Festival: 2015

Posted in Events, News/Information by Pippa on February 15, 2015
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Submissions for 2015 Dhahan Prize for Punjabi Literature open

Posted in News/Information, Poetry and Literature by Pippa on February 4, 2015

Vancouver, BC (January 7, 2015) – Following the success of the inaugural Dhahan Prize, submissions are now open for the world’s signature prize in Punjabi literature on January 1, 2015. Eligible authors writing in either of the two Punjabi scripts, Gurmukhi and Shahmukhi, are invited to submit a work of fiction for the $25,000 CDN first prize.

Novels and short story collections published in 2014 will be accepted from January 1 to March 15, 2015 at http://www.dhahanprize.com. Two second place prizes of $5,000 CDN will also be awarded.

Based in Vancouver, Canada, The Dhahan Prize for Punjabi Literature was established in 2013 to recognize excellence in Punjabi literature and inspire the creation of Punjabi literature across borders. The prize is awarded at the international level each year to three books of fiction in Punjabi written in either of two scripts, Gurmukhi or Shahmukhi.

“This is a truly an international literature prize,” says Raghbir Singh, Chair of the Dhahan Prize advisory committee. “In our inaugural year, the Dhahan Prize received over 70 entries from 5 countries around the world. We’re hoping to increase our reach and the number of submissions for 2015, while continuing to encourage new writers to take up writing in Punjabi.”

The first prize winner for 2014 was Avtar Singh Billing for his book, Khali Khoohaan di Katha (The Story of Empty Wells), which will be translated from Gurmukhi to English this year. Two second place prizes of $5,000 CDN were also awarded to Zubair Ahmad from Pakistan, and Jasbir Singh Bhullar from India. Winners were feted at the Dhahan Prize Awards Gala in Vancouver on October 25, 2014.

Submission guidelines and eligibility terms can be found at http://www.dhahanprize.com/apply/.

About Dhahan Prize for Punjabi Literature:

The Dhahan Prize celebrates the rich culture and transnational heritage of Punjabi language and literature by awarding a yearly prize for excellence in Punjabi fiction. The Prize mission is to inspire the creation of Punjabi literature across borders, bridging Punjabi communities around the world and promoting Punjabi literature on a global scale. The Dhahan Prize is awarded by Canada India Education Society (CIES) in partnership with the Department of Asian Studies in the Faculty of Arts at University of British Columbia (UBC). The prize is funded by an endowment from Barj and Rita Dhahan, and family and friends. Learn more at http://www.dhahanprize.com and join us on Facebook and Twitter.

For interviews and other media inquiries, contact Manjot Bains at media@dhahanprize.com.

Sikhs in Latin America

Posted in Diaspora, News/Information, sikhs by Pippa on November 26, 2014

New Paper on Social Democracy in India by Ronki Ram

Posted in Articles, Conferences, News/Information by gsjandu on November 17, 2014

Jagtar Singh Dhesi Annual Lecture 2014

As part of this annual lecture, a revised 2013 paper, CASTE, NEO-LIBERAL ECONOMIC REFORMS AND THE DECLINE OF SOCIAL DEMOCRACY IN INDIA has been sent in for circulation. The paper reports on the at times inchoate and at other times ancient relationship between wealth generation, distribution and the hierarchical societal dichotomy of India’s democracy. Ram reflects contemporaneously on the asymmetrical relationship between the copycat “buzzword” of “economic liberalisation” in the circles of academic social sciences and the more predictable failure of this corpus to ignite change in not just political sociology but also I would suggest local and national governance ideology. As Ram concludes, “It seems that market and caste have joined hands to pose a most serious challenge to the nascent institution of social democracy in India.” (pp. 25)

 

Below is an excerpt outlining the paper.

“This paper is divided into four parts. The first critically examines the institution of social democracy in India while distinguishing it from that of social democracy in Europe. In the second, complex but intricate relationships among caste, poverty and neo-liberal market economy are delineated at some length. This part is based on a premise that neo-liberal market economy in India does not only deepens poverty but also strengthen the asymmetrical structures of caste, which in turn entrench the already existing social exclusion in the society. Part third deals with the phenomenon of social democracy as articulated by Dr. B.R. Ambedkar and the ways it facilitated downtrodden to improve their living conditions. How the institution of free market economy scuttles the essence of nascent institution of social democracy in India and the new challenges it throws on the socially excluded sections of the society are also discussed at length. The fourth part draws on heavily on the implications of the neo-liberal economic reforms for the emancipatory project of social democracy in India and the birth of new contradictions that it gave rise to the disadvantage of Dalits.” (pp.4)

The full text can be found here, pol1-13 Ronki Ram.

 

First publication source, Punjab Journal of Politics, Amritsar Vol. XXXVII, Nos. 1-2, 2013

 

G.S Jandu

London

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Justice Denied/Collusion Denied 30 years later: Reflecting on 1984 anti-Sikh pogroms

Posted in Events, News/Information by Pippa on September 24, 2014

Symposium_poster copyJustice Denied/Collusion Denied

30 years later: Reflecting on 1984 anti-Sikh pogroms

Symposium and Academic Response

WHEN: Saturday, November 1st from 9AM-3PM

WHERE: Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies, University of the Fraser Valley, in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada Room F125

This academic response will feature a keynote address from Parvinder Kaur Mehta of Wayne State University as well as a panel of UFV scholars and a graduate student panel.

From Lost Childhood to Uncertain Future: 1984 Anti-Sikh Riots Victims

Posted in Events, News/Information by Pippa on September 24, 2014

Exhibition_poster copyFrom Lost Childhood to Uncertain Future—The Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies at the University of the Fraser Valley presents an exhibition commemorating the 30th anniversary of the anti-Sikh pogroms in Delhi. This exhibition features the photography of Mr. Sanjay Austa. The launch will include UFV speakers as well as a poetry reading from UFV students.

WHEN: Launch Date is Monday, October 27th at 4PM and the exhibition is available for viewing until November 13th

WHERE: Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies, Room F125

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