Punjab Research Group

cfp: ‘Punjab: Past, Present, Future’ Punjab Research Group Conference, October 26, 2019 (Wolfson College, Oxford)

Posted in Conferences, News/Information by rsmaan on August 14, 2019


‘Punjab: Past, Present, Future’
Punjab Research Group Conference
October 26 (Saturday), 2019

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 35 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 second conference for 2019 will be held as a one-day event on 26th October (Saturday) at Wolfson College, University of 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 submit an abstract (200 words) and a brief CV to Raj (RS Mann) at punjabresearchgroup@gmail.com by 30th August 2019. Submissions from grad/postgraduate students are encouraged. Best Presenter Award will be presented to a doctoral student whose presentation is judged to be the best from amongst all the full time doctoral student presentations. The Award includes cash and a certificate.

If you would like to register as a guest for this event, please book a ticket using our online form at (https://tinyurl.com/y3wejlgg). The registration fee is £30 per person which includes refreshments (tea/coffee/snacks) and a sandwich lunch. The registration fee is to be paid at the door only on the day of the event. Booking through eventbrite page is necessary as there are limited seats available.

We look forward to seeing you in Oxford soon!

Interview with Tej Purewal on Son Preference

Posted in Articles, New Publications by Pippa on May 22, 2009

The Sunday Tribune Sunday, May 17, 2009 The daughter’s case by Nonika Singh

Punjab is a readymade topic for researchers,” quips academician author, a lecturer in development studies, University of Manchester. Documenting the obsession of Punjabis with a male child in a book titled Son Preference, this proud Punjaban is dismayed with the social inequalities that criss cross the social fabric of the state. “When it comes to social equilibrium, Punjab is a total disgrace”, she says. Born and brought up in the US, studying Punjab wasn’t a natural choice for Purewal. Till the early 1990s it didn’t even blink on her radar. It was only when she co-authored Teach yourself Panjabi with her father-in-law Surjit Singh Kalra, a well-known Punjabi writer, and did her doctoral thesis on Amritsar (it later became a book — Living On The Margins) that she became aware of the strong currents of Punjabiyat in her being.


Understanding Change in the Lives of Dalits of East Punjab since 1947

Posted in Articles by Pippa on May 4, 2009

By Harish K. Puri. Retired as Professor of Political Science and Chairman Dr. B. R. Ambedkar Chair, Guru Nanak Dev University.

Not many are aware that the Scheduled Castes (SCs) constituted a very substantial segment of population in Punjab state – 28.9 per cent, as per Census 2001. This is the highest level of concentration in any one state of India. The present study is related to the nature of change in the lives of the Dalits (Scheduled Castes) of Punjab since the Independence of India and the Partition of Punjab in 1947. It covers the change in the external conditions of their living i.e. demographic, economic, political and social and the also the change in the subjective dimension or their perception. The subjective dimension referred to the way persons belonging to the Scheduled Caste communities viewed themselves and the manner in which they were viewed and treated by the others at the two ends of this time span i.e. at the beginning of the 1950s and at present.

Read full article: understanding-change-in-the-lives-of-dalits

Photographs from East Punjab, 1978

Posted in Photography by Pippa on August 6, 2008
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