Punjab Research Group

cfp:Rethinking Territoriality – Between Independence and Interdependence

Posted in Conferences by Pippa on November 25, 2014

CALL FOR PAPERS AND PANELS: Rethinking Territoriality – Between Independence and Interdependence

University of Edinburgh, 16TH-18TH September 2015

This conference will bring together, for the first time, the three IPSA research committees to examine different aspects of territoriality evident in the world today. The conference, convened in Edinburgh one year after Scotland’s historic independence referendum, will provide an opportunity to examine the politics of territorial, ethnic and linguistic identity, state traditions and language regimes, the dynamics of federalism and multi-level government, and relations between power and territory in the context of regional integration.

We invite proposals for individual paper contributions or for panels engaging these issues. We welcome case studies and comparison of issues of territoriality evident in any part of the world, as well as papers adopting a theoretical perspective on territorial or identity and language politics. We aim to feature the best of contemporary research on territoriality, including new research by established academics as well as early career scholars.

Proposals for papers should include full contact details (including an email address, mailing address, and affiliation) of the author(s) and an abstract of up to 200 words.

Panel proposals must include:

  • a minimum of three papers and a maximum of five.
  • contact details of paper-givers, and (if you have them) the discussant and chair
  • Panel title and individual paper titles
  • Short description of panel (max 200 words)

Conference languages are English and French. The final deadline for electronic submission of proposals for papers or panels will be 28 February 2015. Proposals should be submitted to: http://form.jotformeu.com/form/42413501455344

Limited travel funds may be available.


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.

Poetry as Resistance: Islam and Ethnicity in Postcolonial Pakistan by Nukhbah Langah

Posted in Book reviews, New Publications by Pippa on February 10, 2012

Poetry as Resistance: Islam and Ethnicity in Postcolonial Pakistan by Nukhbah Langah (Routledge, 2011)

Focusing on the culturally and historically rich Siraiki-speaking region, often tagged as ‘South Punjab’, this book discusses the ways in which Siraiki creative writers have transformed into political activists, resisting the self-imposed domination of the Punjabi–Mohajir ruling elite. Influenced by Sufi poets, their poetry takes the shape of both protest and dialogue. This book reflects upon the politics of identity and the political complications which are a result of colonisation and later, neo-colonisation of Pakistan. It challenges the philosophy of Pakistan — a state created for Muslims — which is now taking the shape of religious fanaticism, while disregarding ethnic and linguistic issues such as that of Siraiki.

Read review by Ayesha Siddiqa in The Friday Times: http://www.thefridaytimes.com/beta2/tft/article.php?issue=20120210&page=19

Diasporas: Exploring Critical Issues, 5th Global Conference, 29th June-1st July 2012

Posted in Conferences, News/Information by santhyb on November 15, 2011

Date: Friday 29th June 2012 – Sunday 1st July 2012

Venue: Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom

Call for Papers:  This inter- and multi-disciplinary project seeks to explore the contemporary experience of Diasporas – communities who conceive of themselves as a national, ethnic, linguistic or other form of cultural and political construction of collective membership living outside of their ‘home lands.’ Diaspora is a concept which is far from being definitional. Despite problems and limitations in terminology, this notion may be defined with issues attached to it for a more complete understanding. Such a term which may have its roots in Greek, is used customarily to apply to a historical phenomenon that has now passed to a period that usually supposes that Di­asporas are those who are settled forever in a country other from where they were born and thus this term has lost its dimension of irreversibility and of exile.

In order to increase our understanding of Diasporas and their impact on both the receiving countries and their respective homes left behind, key issues will be addressed related to Diaspora cultural expression and interests. In addition, the conference will address the questions: Do Diasporas continue to exist? Is the global economy, media and policies sending different messages about diaspora to future generations?

Papers, workshops, presentations and pre-formed panels are invited on any of the following themes:

1. Movies and Diasporas

The presence and impact of displaced / globalized populations of audiences, spectators and producers of new mainstream /Hollywood/ Bollywood cinema are crucial to the emergence of this post-diasporic cinema, as these narratives from texts to screen constitute a fundamental challenge for the negotiation of complex diasporic issues.

2. Motivational Factors for Research into Diaspora

Factors are numerous including most prominently, artistic and musical creations, intellectual outputs, and specific religious practices and which have made a significant international impact.

3. Myths and Symbols: how to meet, and get to know each other through the use of creative lenses
Diasporas group, re-group and their group myths and symbols change accordingly. Or Diasporas remain dominated, their myths and symbols mirror (or rebel) their domination. This manifestation could take in linguistic, artistic and other creative forms right down to graffiti to propaganda. The effects of Diaspora through a creative lens, as often this is where the true effects of migration and cultural adjustment expose themselves in a personal and celebratory way. These could include:

* Creative Expression as a result of shifting and integrating cultures. Cross cultural and cross disciplinary practices / cross cultural collaboration / representing the self and the nation / connecting history to the future / third space practice

* Shifting Art Practices and how traditional folk based art forms (art / music / literature / dance) can accommodate and represent modern diasporic communities in flux

* New Languages that represent broken boundaries such as graffiti / rap/ interactive & web based art forms / global design aesthetics/ symbolism / sound & vision / poetry and text / Esperanto

4. Public, Private and Virtual Spaces of Diaspora

The controversial meaning of private/public spaces remain fundamental arenas in the re/construction of gendered identities in an in-between space as a Diaspora context nurtures challenges to traditional socio-cultural behaviors. Virtual Diasporas – This questions a range of pre conceived notions about physicality, actuality and place (which in turn open up the discussions around ownership, representation and nation). Virtual diasporas are not limited to the arts of course but the shifts toward new technologies within art and design production are highlighting such issues through various forms of creativity and the critique that surrounds it.

We anticipate that these and related issues will be of interest to those working/researching in philosophy, education, ethics, cinematic/ literature, politics, sociology, history, architecture, photography, geography, globalization, international relations, refugee studies, migration studies, urban studies and cultural studies.

5. Novel ways to think about Diaspora due to globalization

In the new global world in which cultures act simultaneously how should we be thinking about Diaspora?

Some pertinent questions in this area that the conference is interested in addressing are: What are some of the ways to identity and define the subject in changing political boundaries where cultural interactions are amplified? What are the processes of social formation and reformation of? Diasporas that is unique to a global age? How do an intensified migration age that is coupled with broader and more flexible terrains of social structures can give Diaspora communities a window of opportunity to redefine their social position in both the country of origin and the host country? How does immigration in an age where the media and the internet are highly accessible, bring individuals to deal with multiple levels of traditions and cultures? What new cross-‘ethnoscapes’ and cross-‘ideoscapes’ are emerging in? In what new methods can we capture the web of forces that influences Diasporas at the same time?

Other aspects of Diaspora that we are interested in having discussions about are:

* Economics of diaspora
* Gendered diasporas
* Queer diasporas ‘flexible citizenship’
* Contested diasporic identities
* Invisible diasporas
* Emerging and changing patterns – is there an ‘American diaspora’ in
China? In Dubai? Etc.
* Stateless or homeless diasporas – diasporas of no return
* Guest workers as diasporans?
* Diasporas created by shifting state boundaries
* Internal (intranational diasporas) – for example, First Nations or
Indigenous/Native migration into urban areas
* Diasporans by adoption or ‘diasporans-in-law’ (partners of diasporans
adopted into diasporic communities, extended diasporas through family
relations, etc.)
* Overlapping diasporas, entanglement
* Competing claims or multiple claims on diasporans Inter-diasporan or
multi-diasporan realities

The Steering Group particularly welcomes the submission of pre-formed panel proposals. Papers will also be considered on any related theme. 300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 13th January 2012. If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by Friday 11th May 2012. Abstracts should be submitted simultaneously to both Organising Chairs;abstracts may be in Word, WordPerfect, or RTF formats with the following information and in this order:

a) author(s), b) affiliation, c) email address, d) title of abstract, e) body of abstract, f) up to 10 keywords.

E-mails should be entitled: DIAS5 Abstract Submission.

Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using footnotes and any special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline). Please note that a Book of Abstracts is planned for the end of the year. We acknowledge receipt and answer to all paper proposals submitted. If you do not receive a reply from us in a week you should assume we did not receive your proposal; it might be lost in cyberspace! We suggest, then, to look for an alternative electronic route or resend.

Organising Chairs

Dr S. Ram Vemuri
School of Law and Business
Faculty of Law, Business and Arts
Charles Darwin University
Darwin NT0909
Email: Ram.Vemuri@cdu.edu.au

Rob Fisher
Network Founder and Leader
Freeland, Oxfordshire,
United Kingdom
Email: dias5@inter-disciplinary.net

The conference is part of the ‘Diversity and Recognition’ series of research projects, which in turn belong to the At the Interface programmes of ID.Net. It aims to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore various discussions which are innovative and challenging. All papers accepted for and presented at the conference will be published in an ISBN eBook. Selected papers may be invited to go forward for development into 20-25 page chapters for publication in a themed dialogic ISBN hard copy volume.

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Please note: Inter-Disciplinary.Net is a not-for-profit network and we
are not in a position to be able to assist with conference travel or

Violence Against Women in South Asian Communities: Issues for Policy and Practice

Posted in New Publications by Pippa on October 18, 2009

Edited by Ravi K Thiara and Aisha K Gill, Foreword by Professor Liz Kelly CBE

‘This book is powerful, challenging and inspirational, and is an important contribution to debates on the complex intersections between ethnicity, gender and inequality, as well as on human rights and violence against women. Thiara and Gill and the contributors to this text skillfully unpick the flawed thinking and policy initiatives directed at gender-based violence over the past 30 years and especially in the post 9/11 period community cohesion and anti-terrorism initiatives.’
– Dr Lorraine Radford, Head of Research, NSPCC

‘This is a stimulating and provocative collection which explores the difficult concepts of ‘multiculturalism’, ‘ethnic identity’ and ‘secularisation’ in relation to gendered violence. The authors challenge myths and stereotypes about the ‘Asian’ experience in relation to interpersonal violence without oversimplifying or homogenising black and minority ethnic (BME) women’s experiences. Despite cataloguing the ongoing struggles against racism and misogyny, and the intersection of both, the editors conclude the text with optimism; an additional reason to recommend this text to all policy makers, practitioners, academics and students, as well as those interested in the provenance of BME anti-violence organisations and current UK policy.’
– Dr Melanie McCarry, School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol


Beyond Identity Politics? Intersecting disability, ethnicity and religious identities

Posted in Conferences by Pippa on September 14, 2009

Invitation to Conference 21st – 22nd October 2009 and Doctoral workshop: 23rd October 2009 at Stockholm University, in collaboration with Norwegian University of Science, Technology and Nordic Centre of Excellence: Reassessing the Nordic Welfare Model.

Identity politics has occupied academic debate since the latter part of the 20th century and the demand for recognition of minority group identities and a will to combat discrimination have been at the core of the philosophy. During this period however, we have witnessed a backlash in acceptance for identity politics, as well for multiculturalism. The conference hopes to bring together those with an interest in the historical and current discussion concerning the issues of identity politics and multiculturalism, and aims to explore what can exist “beyond” this philosophy in terms of various forms of universalism.



Posted in Academic Journals by Pippa on September 14, 2009

Finnish Journal of Ethnicity and Migration (FJEM) is a scholarly and professional electronic, open access journal, published by the Society for the Study of Ethnic Relations and International Migration (ETMU).

FJEM aims to promote and advance the circulation of the multidisciplinary study of ethnic relations and international migration that is conducted in Finland and its neighbourhood, especially the other Nordic countries. The Journal is trilingual (English, Finnish, Swedish) and published twice a year. The editor of the journal is Tuomas Martikainen at Åbo Akademi University, Finland.

We welcome manuscript submissions on various themes falling under the rubrics of the journal, and all manuscripts go through an external and anonymous peer-review process.

If you are interesting in publishing with FJEM, article manuscripts can be submitted in Word or RTF to the journal’s editorial assistant Tiina Kanninen, tiina.kanninen[at]uta.fi.

Before submitting your paper, please read the detailed submission guidelines at http://www.etmu.fi/fjem/instructions.html

On behalf of the editorial team, Tiina Kanninen, editorial assistant, FJEM. http://www.etmu.fi/fjem/index.html

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Postcolonialism & Islam – Call for Papers

Posted in Conferences by Pippa on August 11, 2009

The Northern Association for Postcolonial Studies (NAPS) and Culture Team of the Faculty of Education and Society at the University of Sunderland are inviting abstracts and expressions of interest for a conference to be held at the University of Sunderland, UK, from the 16th to the 17th of April 2010.

Postcolonialism and Islam are two terms that frequently appear in tandem; however, the relationship between the two and the question of their compatibility has never been extensively investigated.  The speed and intensity of changes characteristic of late modernity under the pressure of cultural and economic globalisation has traumatised Muslims and non- Muslims alike.  Hybrid identity formations, very often provisional, are generated in the articulation of differences marked by imaginary relations to faith, nation, class, gender, sexuality and language.  Postcolonialism might seem to provide a framework for approaching the experiences of not only formerly colonised subjects, but emigres, exiles and expatriates and their host societies.  However, Muslim writers and intellectuals have both adopted and rejected postcolonial theory as an effective tool for analysing and accounting for the experience of Muslims in the modern world.

This multidisciplinary conference will be relevant to specialists in postcolonial theory and cultural, historical, political, sociological, literary and religious studies who seek to problematise the terms themselves and their juxtaposition.  It will mainly focus on these six themes:

– Muslim identity and its connection to race, cultural politics, integration
– The experience of Muslim communities in Britain and elsewhere in the West particularly as representative site(s) of settlement, networking, and diasporic mobility
– Terms such as multculturalism, citizenship, secularism, ethnicity
– The way in which Muslim culture(s) become(s) embedded in and thematised by Muslim and non-Muslim writers in English and other literatures in translation;
– The connection between Muslim women and the activities of western orientalism;
– The conditions of possibility for ‘Islamic’ feminism; its response to the way in which Muslim women have often been represented and theorised according to western, Christian and white feminist versions of female experience.

Other related topic will also be considered.  The intension is to publish an edited volume based on the theme of the conference to which a selection of participants will be invited to contribute.  Speakers and non-speakers are all very welcome to participate.

Confirmed speakers so far include:
– Dr. Tahir Abbas, FRSA, currently principle analyst at Deen International
– Prof. Ceri Peach, Emeritus Professorand Research Associate at the Oxford School of Geography
– Prof. Patrick Williams, Professor of Literary and Cultural Studies, Nottingham Trent

If you wish to contribute a paper please submit a proposal (300 words maximum) to one of the following no later than October 30th, 2009:
Dr. Geoffrey Nash (geoff.nash@sunderland.ac.uk)
Dr. Sarah Hackett (sarah.hackett-1@sunderland.ac.uk)
Faculty of Education and Society
University of Sunderland

Call for Papers – International Conference on Migration, Citizenship and Intercultural Relations

Posted in Conferences by Pippa on June 2, 2009

We invite proposals for papers that address the following questions:
• With increasing diversity in a globalised world, what kinds of multicultural societies can we envisage for our increasingly diverse communities?
• What kind of cultural and national identities will be formed within these societies and what role will they play in the public sphere?
• Do transnational connections translate into weaker notions of local belonging or can they be used as a resource to strengthen local communities?
• Do migrant and minority ethnic groups experience a sense of inclusion?
• How is this sense of inclusion recognised or manifested in a multicultural society?
• Does government policy contribute to building a sense of belonging and inclusion among recent migrants and other ethno-cultural groups?
• What types of intercultural relations exist in a culturally diverse society?
• What is the role of these intercultural relations in fostering inclusive and ethical visions of citizenship?

Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:
• Multiculturalism, Identity and Citizenship
• Race, Ethnicity and Intercultural Relations
• Transnational Work and Temporary Migration
• Muslim Diaspora in the West
• Moving Beyond Xenophobia: Race Relations and Social Inclusion
• Transnationalism and Global Ethics

Please send 250 word proposals/ abstract by 15 August 2009 to:

Further details: http://www.deakin.edu.au/arts-ed/icg/events/conf-2009.php

Ms Chippy Sunil, Coordinator
International Conference on Migration, Citizenship and Intercultural Relations
Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation.
Email: chippy.sunil@deakin.edu.au

ETMU-days – 2nd Call for Sessions

Posted in Conferences by Pippa on April 27, 2009

We have already received submissions for work shops in ETMU-days 2009 of following subjects (language of the group inside brackets):Finland (Finnish)

Migrant’s health and well-fare (Finnish and English)
Muslim women as a minority (English and Finnish)
Diversity management, migrant labour (Finnish or English)
Intercultural and transnational competence in higher education (Finnish or English)
Finland and innovative cultural diversity? (Finnish and English)
Ethnicity from the point of view of visual anthropology (Finnish and English)
Adaptation of Karelians to

There is still room for new submissions and thus we announce the second Call for Sessions open. We are waiting for the suggestions for work shops by 25th May. Our secretary (maiju.parviainen[AT]joensuu.fi) is also ready to receive your abstract suggestions to be send on to the co-coordinators for the work shops. We are about to add further information about the work shops to the website of Etmu in the near future.

Further details: http://www.etmu.fi/index_eng.html

ETMU Days 2009 – Joensuu (Finland) 22-23 October 2009

Posted in Conferences by Pippa on April 27, 2009

The 6th ETMU Days will be held in Joensuu, Eastern Finland, under the title “Finland and Innovative Cultural Diversity”. The main speakers are Doreen Massey (The Open University, UK) and Tariq Modood (University of Bristol, UK). The purpose of the event is to create an opportunity for researchers and representatives of different sectors for open dialogue with each other and to discuss Finland of tomorrow. The ETMU Days in Joensuu will form a multiform ensemble including scientific presentations, workshops and roundtable discussions on current topics. The theme of the evening banquet is “FinlandRemix” which offers something traditional and something new wrapped in a package never seen or experienced before!

Further details: http://www.etmu.fi/etmudays/eng/etmudays.html

AHRC PHD Studentships in Historical or Cultural Geography at Royal Holloway

Posted in PhD Studentship by Pippa on April 27, 2009

The Department of Geography has been awarded an AHRC studentship in Historical or Cultural Geography and is seeking suitably qualified candidates to commence PhD research in the academic year 2009-10.  The studentship pays all fees and a full maintenance award ( £14 940 for 2008-9, subject to review) for a three year period of research.

The topic areas for applicants are open within those broad disciplinary orientations to the arts and humanities. We would welcome applications from masters students working on questions of diaspora, multiculturalism, transnationality, ethnicity. We would also very much welcome applications from non-Geographers who feel that cultural or historical geography would be a conducive disciplinary home for their work.

Applications from those in related disciplines with an interest in working in Geography are encouraged.  Potential applicants are strongly recommended to discuss their ideas with Professor Tim Cresswell, Director of Graduate Studies, Professor David Gilbert, Director of the Social and Cultural Geography research group, or another member of staff with related interests before making a formal application.

Applications must be made by June 15th 2009http://www.rhul.ac.uk/registry/admissions/applyonline.html
For more details of the Department and forms see: http://www.gg.rhul.ac.uk/

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