Punjab Research Group

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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Distinguished Visiting Fellowships 2009/10

Posted in News/Information, Research Fellowships by Pippa on January 7, 2009

Queen Mary Graduate School in the Humanities and Social Sciences
Applications are invited for up to eight Distinguished Visiting Fellowships. The Fellowships are intended to appeal to senior scholars from the UK or overseas who wish to spend a period, for the purposes of research, in one of the most stimulating intellectual environments in London. They have been created by the College in response to a substantial donation from the Westfield Trust to build on-campus residential accommodation specifically for this purpose. The accommodation, part of a new student village, opened in September 2004.
The Fellowships are attached to the Graduate School in the Humanities and Social Sciences, to which ten academic Schools and Departments contribute: the School of Languages, Linguistics & Film (Spanish, German, French, Russian, Linguistics, Film), English; Drama; History; Politics; Law; the Centre for Commercial Law Studies; Geography; Economics, and the Centre for Business Management.
Fellowships cover the period September to December 2009 or January to April 2010. Fellows may by arrangement and at their own cost extend residence over a longer period if they wish, subject to the availability of accommodation.
Each Fellow is expected to give a Fellow’s Lecture, to contribute to the seminar programme in a relevant Masters programme and to participate in the intellectual life of the Graduate School, the College more generally and the University of London.
Expressions of interest, accompanied by a brief curriculum vitae (max. 10 pages) and brief description of research to be undertaken should be sent in electronic format by 15 February 2009 to Linda Grant, Administrator, Graduate School in the Humanities and Social Sciences on l.grant@qmul.ac.uk.
Further particulars are available at http://www.qmul.ac.uk/postgraduate/hss.

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