Punjab Research Group

Sikh Nationalism and Identity in a Global Age (Paperback) – Routledge

Posted in New Publications by Pippa on May 31, 2010

href=”http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415586108/?sms_ss=wordpress”>Sikh Nationalism and Identity in a Global Age (Paperback) – Routledge.

Sikh Nationalism and Identity in a Global Age examines the construction of a Sikh national identity in post-colonial India and the diaspora and explores the reasons for the failure of the movement for an independent Sikh state: Khalistan. Based on a decade of research, it is argued that the failure of the movement to bring about a sovereign, Sikh state should not be interpreted as resulting from the weakness of the ‘communal’ ties which bind members of the Sikh ‘nation’ together, but points to the transformation of national identity under conditions of globalization. Globalization is perceived to have severed the link between nation and state and, through the proliferation and development of Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs), has facilitated the articulation of a transnational ‘diasporic’ Sikh identity. It is argued that this ‘diasporic’ identity potentially challenges the conventional narratives of international relations and makes the imagination of a post-Westphalian community possible. Theoretically innovative and interdisciplinary in approach, it will be primarily of interest to students of South Asian studies, political science and international relations, as well as to many others trying to come to terms with the continued importance of religious and cultural identities in times of rapid political, economic, social and cultural change.

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Sikhs in Europe: Migration, Identity and Translocal Practices

Posted in Conferences by Pippa on May 31, 2010

June 16 – 18 at the Centre for Theology and Religious Studies, Lund University

The Centre for Theology and Religious Studies at Lund University is organizing a conference on the Sikhs in Europe. The aim is to gather leading scholars in the multi-disciplinary field of Sikh studies and discuss current research projects focusing on patterns of migration, identity formations, self-representations, transmission of traditions and translocal practices among Sikhs in different parts of Europe. While two conference days are dedicated to presentation and peer-review of papers by the members of the academic network Sikhs-in-Europe, the third conference day will be a workshop for Ph.D. students affiliated to European universities. The conference is open to students and researchers in all disciplines.
Final programme: Sikhs in Europe – Final Conference Program (1)

Seminar on Religion and Social Identity in Punjab

Posted in Conferences by Pippa on February 17, 2010

International Seminar on Religion and Social Identity In Punjab

Organised by Department of Sociology, Panjab University, Chandigarh in collaboration with the University of Manchester, UK

FEBRUARY 18-19, 2010

Venue: ICSSR, Panjab University, Chandigarh, India

See attached programme: Punjab University Programme

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.


Kanwal Dhaliwal – painter and sculpter

Posted in Art by Pippa on May 4, 2009
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Beyond Boundaries: Media, Culture and Identity in Europe

Posted in Conferences by Pippa on April 9, 2009

2-3 October 2009, Bahcesehir University, Istanbul, Turkey

What is Europe according to its others? An essence, an origin, a center?  Or is it nothingness, a void or chiasm? Where is Europe? In diasporic or migrant spaces? How is Europe different from the West? Can an identity be made European? Could it be Eurocentric or Euro-chiasmic? Can one leave one’s cultural frame  to take on another? Can one transnationalize and/or regionalize a national identity or vice versa? Can the European Union create a single entity or a grand signifier of Europe out of multiple differences? What is the role of communication, media, and culture in such exchanges, transformations, processes and practices? Can we account for the similarities, proximities, and relations or should we focus on the differences, cleavages, and tensions?

This conference aims to explore the questions above and how such questions surface in media and cultural texts, ranging from everyday practices to media representations. The papers may deal with various meanings of Europe and its relation to non-European cultures, and how these are experienced or altered at the level of media, culture, and identity. Possible paper topics are:

Eurocentrism and its alternatives
Transnationalism and nationalisms
Global, regional, and local media and culture
Diasporic and migrant culture and identities
Gender equality and cultural diversity
Tactics and strategies of dialogue between cultures
Symbolic representations of Europe in various cultural practices
Theories of European cinema, media and culture
Challenges for European cinema, media, and cultural studies
European communication studies and strategies
The EU policies on media, communication, and culture

Please send a 300-word abstract with the name and institutional affiliation of the speaker (mailing address & email address) to emcs@bahcesehir.edu.tr

Deadline for abstracts: June 15, 2009.

For further details about the conference please visit: http://www.emcs.bahcesehir.edu.tr/conference.html

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A Ritual Slowly Unravels In India By Rama Lakshmi

Posted in Articles by Pippa on April 3, 2009

Alarm Grows as More Sikh Youths Give Up Turbans

Washington Post Foreign Service
Sunday, March 29, 2009; A11


CHANDIGARH, India — Text messaging with one hand and holding a cup of milky tea in the other, spiky-haired Amandeep Singh Saini, 27, recalled the year-long battle he waged against his traditional Sikh parents to cut his hair.

The act was blasphemous to his father, who tied his long hair in a turban, the most visible marker of Sikh identity.

“I was 14 then. I wanted to jump into the village pool and play in mud. The long hair and the turban were always in the way. It took half an hour to tie the turban every morning,” said Saini, a student pursuing a doctorate in Punjabi literature.

After he cut his hair and discarded the turban, his two brothers followed suit. “My mother wept, my father was angry, but I was stubborn,” he said. “At that age, you don’t think about right and wrong. I look around the campus today, and there are so few turbaned Sikhs.”

Read further: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/03/28/AR2009032801901.html?referrer=emailarticle

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Fashioning Diasporas Friday 15-Saturday 16 May 2009

Posted in Conferences by Pippa on March 17, 2009

Hochhauser Auditorium, Sackler Centre


In association with Royal Holloway, University of London and the AHRC


This major international conference brings together some of the most exciting thinkers on fashion, culture and identity to explore the relationship of diaspora communities, objects and spaces to the processes of clothing production and consumption in historical and contemporary world cultures.  The first day considers the ways in which fashion has been used as a basis for establishing new identities and connecting with old ones by diaspora communities.  The second day discusses objects such as the sari, the cheongsam, and denim, and their design and reception.  The conference is part of the AHRC funded Fashioning Diaspora Space project.


Friday May 15

10.30 – Welcome and Introduction to the conference Professor Philip Crang (Royal Holloway University of London)

10.45 Refashioning the Islamic: British Islamic fashion designers and the search for culturally relevant dress for Muslims in the West – Emma Tarlo (Goldsmiths, University of London)

11.30 – Fashioning Ethnicities: Ghulam Sakina and the commercial spaces of multiculture – Claire Dwyer (University College London)

12.15 – Style- Fashion-Dress: From ‘Black’ to ‘Post-Black’ – Carol Tulloch (Victoria & Albert Museum)

Lunch and an opportunity to visit Moving Patterns at the Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AR

2.30 – Changing Alliances in Changing Diasporas: California garment workers in the 1930s and Now – Susan Kaiser/Lesley Rabine

3.15 – The Long March West: The Conquest of London’s fashion industry by East End Jews – Andrew Godley (University of Reading)

4.30 – Filaments of History: Lace, Movement, and Migration in Nineteenth-Century Culture – Lara Kriegel (Florida International University)

5.15 – Patterns, Place and Heritage – Susan Roberts (Bridging Arts)

6.00 – Wine Reception


Saturday May 16

10.30 – Global Threads: Textile Exchange and Material Culture in the Early Modern World – Giorgio Riello (University of Warwick)

11.15 – Denim Jeans and Diaspora: Adapting to living in North London – Sophie Woodward (Nottingham Trent University)

12.00 – Territorial Tartan: Locating Conjugation – Jonathan Faiers (Central St Martin’s, University of the Arts)

1.45 – Chinese Gowns in Western Interiors: Transitionality and Transformation – Sarah Cheang (London College of Fashion)

2.30 – ‘Indiennes’ in England? Tracking textile migration in Britain, 1850-1900 – Sonia Ashmore (Victoria and Albert Museum)

3.45 – Diasporas and Diffusions: A Contrast in Clothes – Robert Ross (Leiden University)

4.30 – Response – Suzanne Kuechler (University College London)



£25 one day, £20 concessions, £5 students
£50 two days, £40 concessions, £10 students
To book call +44 (0)20 7942 2211

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Migrations & Identities – A journal of people and ideas in motion

Posted in Academic Journals, Migration by Pippa on February 3, 2009

migrations & identities is a new journal published bi-annually by Liverpool University Press.  The title represents a programme: We aim to interrogate notions of ‘identity’ while asking how the fact of mobility and displacement does shape understandings of self and the wider world, among both migrants and ‘host’ societies.  By the same token, we seek to understand how ideas and concepts are transformed as they ‘migrate’ from one place and culture to another.  These issues have been, and continue to be, addressed under a number of rubrics and through a number of approaches in the humanities and social sciences.  In acknowledgement of this, migrations & identities is multi- and interdisciplinary in its conception and management.  It also aims to cover the widest possible range of places, periods and methods, subject only to a shared curiosity and enthusiasm about the possibilities of working at the interface between the investigation of the material conditions of migration processes and the study of ideas and subjectivities.  In particular, we hope that scholars working in many fields will find in migrations & identities a forum for discussion of the methods appropriate to a project of linking observable experience and mentalities in different times and places, and that among the topics of discussion will be the real challenges involved in conversing across disciplinary boundaries.

We invite manuscripts from scholars representing all disciplines and methodologies which can contribute to this discussion.  These might include case studies based on empirical research which are framed by and reflect on the methodological and theoretical issues set out above, essays which focus on questions of theory and methodology, or review articles. The journal will be published twice a year.


Volume 1 Issue 1 2008 now available

The Editors

Investigating Language and Identity in Cross-Language Narratives
Bogusia Temple

 Greek Identity and the Settler Community in Hellenistic Bactria and Arachosia
Rachel Mairs

 ‘Writing My History’: Seven Nineteenth-Century Scottish Migrants to New Zealand Revisit their Pasts
Rosalind McClean

 Immigrant Attachment and Community Integration: A Psychological Theory of Facilitating New Membership
Stanley A. Renshon


Volume 1 Issue 2 forthcoming…

Highlights to include:

 Emotional Attachment … to What? A Comment on Renshon

Harald Bauder

 Representations of Diasporic Unbelonging:  Surrealism in the Work of

Biyi Bandele-Thomas & Yinka Shonibare

Jen Westmoreland Bouchard

Methodological issues in studying the identity of long-established ABC

Lucille Ngan


Find out more about the journal at http://migrationsandidentities.lupjournals.org/

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AHRC Diasporas, Migration and Identities Programme / CRONEM Conference 2009

Posted in Conferences, News/Information by Pippa on January 25, 2009

Centre for Research on Nationalism, Ethnicity and Multiculturalism (CRONEM), University of Surrey / Roehampton University, UK
Diasporas, Migration and Identities: Crossing Boundaries, New Directions University of Surrey, Guildford, Uk
11-12 June 2009

‘Diasporas, migration and identities http://www.diasporas.ac.uk has been the subject of a major national research programme funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) in the UK since 2005. Its central concerns have also been at the heart of the work of the Centre for Research on Nationalism, Ethnicity and Multiculturalism (CRONEM). The aim of this international conference is to examine the past and present impact of diasporas and migration on nation, community, identity and subjectivity, culture and the imagination, place and space, emotion, politics, law and values.

Confirmed speakers:
–  Ien Ang, Professor of Cultural Studies, University of West Sydney, Australia
–  Robin Cohen, Professor of Development Sociology, University of Oxford / Honorary Professor at the University of Warwick, UK
–  Peggy Levitt, Associate Professor, Wellesley College, USA
– Ato Quayson, Professor of English and Director of the Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies at the University of Toronto, Canada

We invite abstracts that address the following themes in the UK and beyond:
– Migration, settlement and diaspora: modes, stages and forms
– Representation, performance, discourse and language
– Subjectivity, emotion and identity
– Objects, practices and places
– Beliefs, values and laws
– The role of youth in relationship to diasporas, migration and identities
– Diasporic economics and labour markets
– The recognition of multiple origins and mixedness
– The politics of immigration and integration
– Public opinion and public policy
– Ethnic identity politics

For more registration and submission forms,  please visit http://www.surrey.ac.uk/Arts/CRONEM/index.htm

The closing date for abstracts is 2 February 2009.

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Religion and Globalization in Asia: Prospects, Patterns, and Problems for the Coming Decade

Posted in Conferences, News/Information by Pippa on January 25, 2009

March 13 & 14, 2009 University of San Francisco, Lone Mountain Campus
Presented by The Kiriyama Chair for Pacific Rim Studies at the USF Center for the Pacific Rim

Join us in beautiful San Francisco as keynote speakers Mark Juergensmeyer (UC Santa Barbara), Saskia Sassen (Columbia), Nayan Chanda (Yale)-and nine other presenters — explore the dynamics of globalizing forces on the established and emerging religions of South and East Asia.

One of our central concerns will be to understand “the dialectical tension of codependence and codeterminism between religion and globalization.” How do communication technologies, capital flows, security issues, transnationalism, immigration and migration, and identity politics contribute to social conditions in which some kinds of religious belief and practice prosper and proliferate, while others are adversely affected?

Conference Description:
Few scholars or policy makers twenty years ago could have imagined that the first decades of the 21st century would be a time of explosive and wide-spread religiosity. As modernity progressed and societies became more secular and democratic, religion was supposed to loosen its hold on the ways men and women envisioned their place in the world. On the contrary, the dynamics of globalization-such as communication technologies, immigration and migration, capital flows, transnationalism, and identity politics-have contributed to social conditions in which religious belief and practice not only survive but prosper and proliferate.

Please visit the conference website: http://www.pacificrim.usfca.edu/religionandglobalization.html  

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The Punjab: Representations and Identities – call for papers

Posted in Conferences, News/Information by Pippa on January 22, 2009

Convenor: Claire Chambers, Leeds Metropolitan University (C.Chambers@leedsmet.ac.uk)

Attention to Punjab has been divided along the lines created by partition, with scholars of India and Pakistan focusing on their own part of the region. However, this panel intends to break down such divisions to consider the area on both sides of the border. In doing this, scholars will draw upon the two Punjab’s shared but differentiated legacies of British colonialism, traumatic experiences of partition, relative economic vitality, dominance in their regions, and centrality to (re)inventions and imaginings of the postcolonial Indian and Pakistani nation-states. In an effort to enhance understandings of Punjabi literature, history and anthropology, this panel will discuss representations of the Punjab in research from different disciplines. It will explore the topographical, cultural, religious and linguistic diversity of the region. Should the panel be accepted for BASAS 2009, the Journal of Punjab Studies will be approached with a view to publishing a symposium of papers. It is anticipated that the panel will represent a genuinely interdisciplinary attempt to theorize the region and it is hoped that most of the major languages and dialects spoken in the Punjab will be represented (including Punjabi, Siraiki, Potohari, English, and Hindko).

The deadline is 25 January

Programme updates and suggestions for accommodation should be up by the end of the week on the CSAS website: http://www.csas.ed.ac.uk/index.php

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