Punjab Research Group

British Empire and WW1

Posted in Articles, Events, News/Information by Pippa on August 5, 2014


The art installation, called ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’, features 888,246 ceramic poppies – one for every British and Commonwealth soldier who died during the conflict.

The poppies have been laid throughout the summer by creator Paul Cummins and a team of volunteers. Further pictures: http://www.demotix.com/news/5441679/ceramic-poppies-fill-tower-london-moat-commemorate-wwi#media-5441668

The Hindu published ‘A European war, fought by India by Shashank Joshi.

If World War I resonates in such a weak, confused, and even negative way with Europeans, it is little wonder that young Africans or Indians see even smaller stakes in this year’s centenary ceremonies. This is why it is crucial to understand the war’s global scope and the role played by the British Empire and Commonwealth.

Read full article: http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/lead/a-european-war-fought-by-india/article6281135.ece?homepage=true

The News on Sunday ‘From the war front’ by Mahmood Awan

An account of the Punjabi soldiers who became the cannon fodder of the colonising power in World War I, and the mournful songs and literature this episode in history generated in its wake.

Read full article: http://tns.thenews.com.pk/punjabi-soldiers-on-the-war-front/#.U-CbG0gpOHl

‘Empire, Faith & War: The Sikhs and World War One’

The exhibition will be held at the Brunei Gallery at the School of Oriental & African Studies’ (SOAS), Russell Square, from 9 July to 28 September, and is the launch event of a three year project to reveal the untold story of how one of the world’s smallest communities played a disproportionately large role in the ‘war to end all wars’.

What Indian soldiers in the First World War wrote home about by David Omissi

To commemorate the centenary of India’s service in the First World War, the British historian David Omissi collected the letters of Indian soldiers away from home in Indian Voices of the Great War, published this year by Penguin. These eloquent letters offer a poignant glimpse into the lives of these Indian soldiers, whom history forgot.

Read full article: http://www.caravanmagazine.in/vantage/what-indian-soldiers-first-world-war-wrote-home-about

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

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

21st International Congress of Historical Sciences

Posted in Conferences by Pippa on December 22, 2008

The next congress of the International Committee of Historical Sciences (ICHS) will be held in Amsterdam in 2010, from 22 – 28 August.


The Congress is jointly organized by four organizations:

the Netherlands National Committee: Koninklijk Nederlands Historisch Genootschap (KNHG)

Universiteit van Amsterdam (UvA)

Koninklijke Bibliotheek (KB)

International Institute of Social History, (IISH)


The International Congress of Historical Sciences takes place every five years. This Congress provides an ideal venue for extensive reports, papers, debates, exchanges, and meetings reflecting historical research in action. It is the meeting place for the global community of historians.

For further details please see the conference home page: http://www.ichs2010.org/home.asp or the attached PDF: call for papers cish pdf

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