Punjab Research Group

cfp: Punjabi Diaspora Conference at Patiala, February 3-5, 2014

Posted in Conferences, Diaspora, News/Information by Pippa on January 2, 2014

The Punjabi University is holding a major three-day conference on the Punjabi Diaspora at its campus on February 3-5, 2014. Organised by the Punjabi Department, the main focus of the conference is an exploration of multiple connections of the Punjabi Diaspora to its land of origins, starting from the late nineteenth century to the present era.

While the new technology, especially internet has helped to make the relationship of global Diasporas and their lands of origins, lively, complex and more intense, the study of the multidimensional exchange between the Punjabi Diaspora and its homeland presents severe challenges and issues. In the case of overseas Sikhs, as several scholarly studies have underlined, there has been a close linkages from the late nineteenth century to the present; this became especially problematic in the 1980s after the traumatic events in the Indian Punjab. A fierce debate ensued on the issue of Sikh minority in India and continues to draw attention of a large part of the Sikh Diaspora – which constitutes a major section of Punjabis abroad. This immediately alerts us to the question: what about the Punjabi Hindus and other smaller sections of the Punjabi Diaspora, how they relate to the land of their origins; and what about Muslim Punjabis from West Punjab in Pakistan?

This is just one dimension of the set of questions that await thorough analysis by experts. We also know how the Punjabi Diaspora has enriched the Punjab economy [both in India and Pakistan], through remittances and contributed to social capital by several philanthropic projects.  The Punjabi Diaspora is also a major site of Punjabi creative literature –what are its salient features? How does the Punjabi Diaspora relate to host societies through its imagined word-maps? Then there is related question of Punjabi language –how does the Punjabi Diaspora maintain its home language and impart to its new generations?  How does it draw upon the land of origins in such an endeavour? Similar questions arise as far the reproduction issues of various religious traditions among the Punjabi Diaspora.

Thus, besides welcoming papers addressed to fundamental theoretical question of the idea of ‘homeland,’ among the Punjabi Diaspora, contributors are encouraged to explore multi-dimensional ways overseas Punjabi communities relate to the land of their origins; Papers on any aspect of such connections through economic, cultural, religious and political linkages are welcome as also exploration of the kind of debates among the Punjabi Diaspora through the media as it has undergone vast change from earlier newspapers exchanges to extensive discussions via websites and cyberspace.

Here is a summary of themes for papers:

A. Home and the Punjabi Diaspora: Where is Home? Idea of Homeland and Problematic of Country

B. Home and the Punjabi Diaspora: Creative Spaces and shared linkages through Literary Productions

C. Home and the Punjabi Diaspora:  The Economic Exchange: Philanthropy and Developmental issues

D. Home and the Punjabi Diaspora: Political Linkages, Role and Tensions

E. Home and the Punjabi Diaspora: The Gender Dimension

F. Home and the Punjabi Diaspora: The Print Media and Radio

G. Home and the Punjabi Diaspora: New Forms of communication and debates: Cyberspace and Websites

H. Home and the Punjabi Diaspora: On Linguistic Exchanges: Erosion, Consolidation and Challenges

I. Home and the Punjabi Diaspora: The Cultural Dimension

J. Home and the Punjabi Diaspora: The Punjabi Family, Generational Conflict, Reproduction of Culture

K. Home and the Punjabi Diaspora: The Religious interconnections: The role of Pilgrimage and other forms of Exchange

The University will provide usual facilities for contributors, free board and lodging including travel assistance up to Patiala campus for all participants from other states of India, and in the case of foreign participants’ return fare for railway passage from New Delhi airport to Patiala.

Please contact with the title of your paper and an abstract by 15 January:

Prof. Lakhvir Singh, Convenor Seminar and Head, PunjabI Department, Punjabi University, Patiala, Punjab, India

Email: punjabidiasporaconference@gmail.com; Phone: 00 91 -98728-60245

Irmgard Coninx Research Grant

Posted in Funding opportunities by Pippa on September 5, 2009

Berlin April 2010
Cultural Pluralism Revised: Religious and Linguistic Freedoms Essay Competition – Conference – Workshops – Research Grant

Workshop participation in Berlin
Up to 40 successful applicants to the essay competition will be invited to discuss their research with prominent scholars at two of Europe’s leading research institutions. The workshops will take place at the Social Science Research Center Berlin, 7 – 11 April 2010. Workshops will be chaired by José Casanova (Georgetown University) and Fernand de Varennes (Murdoch University).

Deadline for essay submission: January 15th, 2010

Full details: http://www.irmgard-coninx-stiftung.de/

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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