Punjab Research Group

The Sikh Turban: Exploring An Icon Of A Migratory Peoples’ Identity

Posted in Events, Migration, Research, sikhs by gsjandu on May 15, 2013

Research Consultation: Anthropological Collection on Sikh Turbans

The Horniman Museum, London

Kind assistance is requested with researching a collection displaying the dastar as part of Sikhs’ global migration. The collection has three aspirations; to firstly display the pagh’s physical variation as geographically dichotomous and freighting a regionally intrinsic identity trope for instance Makhan Singh as a kalasingha wearing a Kenyan kilemba. Secondly to consider the pagh and its contentious role in Sikh identity within the milieu of other head-coverings e.g. Mitres in Europe during The Middle Ages. Thirdly to reflect on the pagh in Sikh-Britain relationships e.g. Winterhalter’s 1854 portrait of Duleep Singh  or turbaned Sikhs as stock British Armed Forces’ media images. Thoughts on the collection mode and process are especially welcomed. The Horniman Museum Collections can be explored at www.horniman.ac.uk, whilst the researchers can be reached on gorby.jandu@gmail.com and JZetterstrom-Sharp@horniman.ac.uk. The collection is due to gain exhibition in 2014 with displays finalised by end 2013.

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Roots of Love

Posted in Film, News/Information by harjant on January 28, 2012

Told through the stories of six different men ranging in age from fourteen to eighty-six, Roots of Love documents the changing significance of hair and the turban among Sikhs in India. We see younger Sikh men abandoning their hair and turban to follow the current fashion trends, while the older generation struggles to retain the visible symbols of their religious and cultural identity.

“Beautifully conceived and shot…Pleasure to watch… A compassionate portrait of a community in transition…”
— Safina Uberoi, filmmaker and director of My Mother India and A Good Man

Awards:  “Best Student Film” – 2011 Society for Visual Anthropology

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University of Aberdeen Global Empires Post-Graduate Research Project

Posted in PhD Studentship by Pippa on February 28, 2010

The post-graduate research project below may well be of interest

In recent years across a range of disciplines, empire has become a paradigm for rethinking a globalized world. In this context, the University of Aberdeen is pleased to advertise a number of Masters (fees
only) and Doctoral (fees and partial maintenance) Studentships within a broader interdisciplinary project on the ‘Ideas, Practices, and Impacts of Global Empires’. This brings together a supervisory team drawn from History, Anthropology, Hispanic Studies, International Relations, and the University’s museums. Within the project, we are interested in a number of themes: cross cultural encounters and collecting; material culture and visual representations of encounters; trade, migration, and empire; the ideologies of empires; and resistance and the ends of empires. Our areas of focus include: the British and American empires (especially Canada, the American South, South Asia, South Africa and the Antipodes); empires past and present in Latin America; Holy Roman Empire; modern German empires within and beyond Europe; Russia, especially Soviet Russia, including Russian informal empires; and competing imperialisms in East Asia. We invite applications from candidates with research interests (interdisciplinary or within the disciplines named above) touching one or more of these themes and areas.
See Further: http://www.abdn.ac.uk/cass/graduate/funding/research/empires

The Death of Sacred Texts: Ritual Disposal and Renovation of Texts in World Religions

Posted in New Publications by Pippa on November 7, 2009

Edited by Kristina Myrvold, Lund University, Sweden 

•  The Death of Sacred Texts draws attention to a much neglected topic in the study of sacred texts: the religious and ritual attitudes towards texts which have become old and damaged and can no longer be used for reading practices and in religious worship. This book approaches religious texts and scriptures by focusing on their physical properties and the dynamic interactions of devices and habits that lie beneath and within a given text. In the last decades a growing body of research studies has directed attention to the multiple uses and ways people encounter written texts and how they make them alive, even as social actors, in different times and cultures.

Considering that religious people seem to have all the motives for giving their sacred texts a respectful symbolic treatment, scholars have paid surprisingly little attention to the ritual procedures of disposing and renovating old texts. This book fills this gap, providing empirical data and theoretical analyses of historical and contemporary religious attitudes towards, and practices of text disposals within seven world religions: Judaism, Islam, Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism. Exploring the cultural and historical variations of rituals for religious scriptures and texts (such as burials, cremations and immersion into rivers) and the underlying beliefs within the religious traditions, this book investigates how these religious practices and stances respond to modernization and globalization processes when new technologies have made it possible to mass-produce and publish religious texts on the Internet.

•  Contents: Introduction, Kristina Myrvold; Accounts of a dying scroll: on Jewish handling of sacred texts in need of restoration or disposal, Marianne Schleicher; Relating, revering and removing: Muslim views on the use, power and disposal of divine words, Jonas Svensson; A fitting ceremony: Christian concerns for Bible disposal, Dorina Miller Parmenter; The death of the Dharma: Buddhist sutra burials in early medieval Japan, D. Max Moerman; Rites of burial and immersion: Hindu rituals on disposing of sacred texts in Vrindavan, Måns Broo; Is a manuscript an object or a living being? Jain views on the life and use of sacred texts, Nalini Balbir; Making the scripture a person: re-inventing death rituals of Guru Granth Sahib in Sikhism, Kristina Myrvold; Disposing of non-disposable texts: conclusions and prospects for further study, James W. Watts; Index

Pre-order your copy: https://www.ashgate.com/default.aspx?page=637&calctitle=1&pageSubject=544&sort=pubdate&forthcoming=1&title_id=10521&edition_id=12399

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Assistant Professor, South Asian Anthropology, Yale University

Posted in Vacancies by Pippa on June 2, 2009

Department of Anthropology anticipates making a tenure-track appointment in South Asian anthropology at the starting assistant professor level, beginning on July 1, 2010. We seek applicants with demonstrated commitment to field research whose interests will complement existing Departmental strengths. This appointment is sponsored by the Council on South Asian Studies of the MacMillan Center, and the successful candidate will be expected to maintain teaching offerings and research interests that contribute to the Council’s programs. Applications should include a curriculum vitae and statement of research and teaching interests. Please do not send letters of references or copies of publications at this stage. Review of applications will begin on September 1, 2009.

Please send applications to:
The Chair, South Asia Search Committee
Department of Anthropology, Yale University
P. O. Box 208277
New Haven, CT 06520-8277

Yale University is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity employer. Applications from women and members of underrepresented minority groups are especially encouraged.

Further details: http://www.yale.edu/anthropology/

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University of Western Sidney RESEARCH LECTURESHIPS

Posted in Vacancies by Pippa on May 22, 2009

UWS wishes to appoint outstanding early career researchers to UWS Research Lectureships. Applicants must have completed a research doctorate within the last five years.

The UWS Research Lectureships are three year contract positions with provision for conversion to on-going normal teaching and research position at the end of three years, subject to evidence of strong research and teaching performance. UWS Research Lectureships will enable early career researchers to concentrate on the development of their research potential. Appointees will be expected to teach only one-third of a normal teaching load during the three year contract and will be provided with research support and support to develop teaching skills and materials.

Applications close on 30 June 2009
Further details: The Office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic and Enterprise
DVCAE@uws.edu.au

The following are the some of the areas being targeted for the twelve UWS Research
Lectureships in 2009.
– Anthropology of religion
– Cultural governance and global diversity
– Cultures, Cities and Sustainability
– Corporate social and environmental responsibility
– Innovation and technology management
– Management of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and entrepreneurship
https://uws.nga.net.au/cp/

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