Punjab Research Group


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Pakistan Workshop, 11-13th May 2012. Secularity, Globalisation and Power

Posted in Conferences, News/Information by Pippa on November 14, 2011

Both secularity and globalisation are understood to be phenomena that are intrinsically connected to rise of the post Enlightenment modern world. However, in order to understand the relationship between secularity, globalisation and power it is necessary for these themes to be contextualised in order to give them and the links between them, analytical meaning. In the case of Pakistan, a few of the “sub” concerns that emerge from this theme and need to be foregrounded to help frame contemporary Pakistan include:

1. The rise, spread – and perception – of international terrorism.
2. The increasingly interlinked and expansive information and communication systems. These are one of the hallmarks of the ostensibly globalised world and are an essential tool for the propagation of ideas. What does the recent increase in the regulation of the internet tell us about the Pakistani state? Do mobile phone texts and messages on blogs have the capacity to contribute to meaningful social change?
3. The rapid spread of the media in Pakistan. This is linked to debates on religious extremism and power not only because of what the media focuses on but because of the increased “craving” for news that arose in Pakistan post September 11th (Naqvi, 2010). What kind of popular “cravings” does the media respond to? Is it a force for progressive change in Pakistan or simply an inflammatory medium?
4. Changing demographics including an increase of women in the workplace
5. The growth of an urban middle class and consumer society
6. An evolving industrial base and the significant expansion in recent years of the service economy
7. The impact of the 3 Ts – low cost travel, telephone calls and satellite TV – on engagement with the Pakistani (professional) diaspora especially in Europe and North America
8. The internationalisation of Pakistani companies and the overseas interest in Pakistan as an emerging market
The deadline for abstracts is 10th February 2012, after which the organisers will make a selection and inform the participants of their decision. The finished papers would be required two weeks before the workshop, so they can be pre circulated to all participants.

For further information, contact pakistanworkshop@gmail.com or become a fan of the facebook group “Pakistan Workshop”. Further information is also available on the Pakistan Workshop website:

Anushay Malik and Arif Zaman. Pakistan Workshop 2012 Organisers
Full details attached: Pakistan Workshop 2012-1

Call for Papers: Immigration and Visual Culture

Posted in Film, Migration, New Publications by harjant on February 21, 2010

agency, an online, peer-reviewed and interdisciplinary journal, invites submissions for a special issue on Immigration and Visual Culture. Technologies such as photography and film have played a crucial role in representing, constructing, and reifying the immigrant subject and immigrant experiences. Recent technological innovations, from YouTube and social networking sites to DVD and video downloading to surveillance technologies, have changed the ways in which immigrant subjectivities and experiences are constructed and disseminated.

agency invites submissions of essays examining the relationship between immigration and visual culture. How have immigrant subjectivities and experiences been represented and constructed by visual culture? How have immigrant subjectivities and experiences been transformed by technological innovations? In what ways does visual culture participate in the surveillance and regulation of immigrants and immigrations? What opportunities does visual culture provide for the articulation of immigrant identities or the resistance of dominant discourses of immigration?

agency is an interdisciplinary journal of the humanities and social sciences, and we will consider submissions working within or across any disciplines associated with the humanities and social sciences (and beyond). The ideal agency essay is scholarly and rigorous but also accessible and engagingly written.

Submissions should be 4000-5000 words and should be formatted in accordance with the seventh edition of the MLA Handbook.

The deadline for submissions is 1 May 2010. Please submit submissions via email to the editor, Dr. Douglas Ivison, at douglas.ivison@lakeheadu.ca.
agency is published by Lakehead University’s Advanced Institute for Globalization and Culture (http://theagency.lakeheadu.ca).


Posted in Research Fellowships by Pippa on February 16, 2010


SAGE instituted THE TEJESHWAR SINGH MEMORIAL FELLOWSHIPS in 2009 to honour Tejeshwar Singh, Managing Director of SAGE India for 25 years and doyen of the publishing industry in South Asia.

ADDITIONAL FELLOWSHIP IN 2010: SAGE is pleased to announce the addition of a third fellowship in the SOCIAL SCIENCES in 2010. Proposals in the areas of social justice–including individual rights, changing lifestyles and the significance of an expanded educated class would be preferred. Preference will be given to proposals that are interdisciplinary in scope. For the purposes of this award social sciences comprise economics, economic and social history, political science, psychology, sociology and social anthropology.

ELIGIBILITY: Open to nationals of South Asian (SAARC) countries, including those currently resident overseas. Candidates must be below 40 years of age on 1 April 2010.

All applications should be addressed to: Ms Smrithi Sudhakaran, Public Relations Executive, SAGE Publications India Pvt Ltd, B-1/I-1, Mohan Cooperative Industrial Estate, Mathura Road, Post Bag 7, New Delhi 110 044. e-mail: smrithi.sudhakaran@sagepub.in

Further details : http://www.himalmag.com/THE-TEJESHWAR-SINGH-MEMORIAL-FELLOWSHIPS_dnw247.html

Sex and Love in Asian Contexts: Film & History Conference: Representations of Love in Film and Television

Posted in Conferences by harjant on February 5, 2010

Sex and Love in Asian Contexts: Film & History Conference: Representations
of Love in Film and Television (Call for Papers)

November 10-14, 2010

Extended Deadline: March 1, 2009

Asia has, perhaps, the richest history of cultural and commercial exchange in the world, resulting in deeply layered religious, political, and artistic traditions. In cinema, for example, sex and love often are bound up in complex rites, taboos, negotiations, honor codes, pieties, and spiritual allegiances. How do Asians themselves see or represent love? How do non-Asians see or represent love in Asian contexts? This area, comprising multiple panels, welcomes papers treating the representations of love and sex within, or from the perspective of, Asian contexts (East, West, Central, South, Southeast). Proposals for full panels should include the individual proposals for 3-4 presenters.

Please send your 200-word proposal by e-mail to the area chair:

S.A. Thornton
Department of History
Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ  85287-4302
Email: Sybil.Thornton@asu.edu (email submissions preferred)

More Info: http://www.uwosh.edu/filmandhistory/

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Migra-Nord Mobility Programme

Posted in News/Information, Research by Pippa on August 27, 2009

Migra-Nord network offers grants for short (1-2 weeks) scholar visits for Nordic researchers to Nordic universities and research institutions on the basis of application. The intended visit should fit into theme of media, migration and/or ethnic relations. The programme is focused on research and research training. The applicants should be doctoral students or have a PhD. The visit should advance research and collaboration among Nordic scholars. 

The applicant needs to contact the institution where she/he would like to visit. Together with the institute the applicant drafts a working plan for the visit. It can include seminars, presentations, working on a joint article, research proposal, tutoring of doctoral dissertation, and the like.

The grant can cover travel expenses in economy class, meals and accommodation (in longer stays, the applicant should look for a university guesthouse or similar). Please note that according to Nordforsk guidelines daily allowance cannot be paid and receipts are needed for all payments. Costs will be reimbursed after the visit on the basis of receipts and budget.

Interested applicants should first approach Karina Horsti (karina.horsti@helsinki.fi) with a preliminary idea and budget. Final applications will be evaluated by the board of the network on the basis of following requirements:

  • budget is acceptable
  • quality of the project plan
  • outcomes of the visit
  • benefit for research training, career or Nordic collaboration


Posted in Conferences by Pippa on June 9, 2009

11th – 13th October, Cumberland Lodge, The Great Park, Windsor

There can be no doubt that religious news sells, particularly when it concerns scandal and controversy. How are religious news stories presented in Britain? Could there be a more creative and engaged relationship between the media and faith representatives? Perhaps representatives of religions and religious institutions do not sufficiently understand how the media operates. But if so, it may be equally true that journalists and broadcasters who write about religious matters do not have sufficient insight into the culture and faith that lies behind the spokespersons with whom they deal.

Religion is at the heart of many of the dilemmas of modern life, in politics, education and science as much as in spiritual choices facing individuals. By bringing together people from several religions and from many media outlets this conference will see if practical recommendations can be made which will affect future practice among communicators in the press, television and radio and in the public relations offices of the major religions.

Confirmed speakers include:
Lord Harries; Charlie Beckett, Director of POLIS; Professor Malcolm Evans, Professor of International Law; Professor The Worshipful Mark Hill QC; Professor Gurch Randhawa, Professor of Diversity in Public Health; Christopher Landau, Religious Correspondent, BBC World Service; Zaki Cooper, Trustee of the Council of Christians and Jews; Dr Muhammad Abdul Bari Muslim Council of Great Britain; Dr Indajit Singh OBE, Director of the Network of Sikh Organisations; Dr Jolyon Mitchell, New College Edinburgh University; Ruth Gledhill, Religion Correspondent, The Times.

For all registration enquiries, please contact Mrs. Janis Reeves: janis@cumberlandlodge.ac.uk  or 01784 497794

Further details: http://www.cumberlandlodge.ac.uk/our_conferences/forthcoming_conference_pages/religionandthenews.htm

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De Montfort University – PhD Studentships

Posted in PhD Studentship by Pippa on May 22, 2009

Faculty of Humanities

Up to seven fully funded sponsored PhD studentships are available to candidates.  Each of the studentships is available for three years full-time study.

Building on DMU’s excellent RAE outcomes, bursaries will be awarded to exceptional students who will work alongside experienced research teams in the following areas:

Feminism and adaptations; Media discourse; Scholarly editing; British cinema – international connections; Oral history and ethnic minority experiences of consumption; Movement and modernity; ElectroAcoustic resources and pedagogy

Further details on Oral history and ethnic minority experiences of consumption

This PhD project will investigate the emergence of a strong ethnic minority retailing environment in the city of Leicester in the post-war period, focusing, through the generation of new oral histories, on the use of ethnic minority shops by different immigrant groups. ‘Ethno-consumption’ is a growing field within migration and ethnicity studies and this project will bring aim to develop new insights into the study of immigrant communities which traditionally focus on themes such as integration, work, housing and religion. Shops, especially, are a vital but neglected part of ethnic minority history. While ethnic minority entrepreneurship has been receiving more academic attention, the historical consumer behaviour of ethnic minority populations, and this interaction with community and identity, still needs more research.

Key themes would include:

  • Different kinds of shops and the different functions they performed
  • How these shops linked to community life and ethnic identity
  • How interviewees remember and narrate their experiences of using these shops
  • Other kinds of ‘ethno-consumption’ experiences

Groups to be researched would focus on the South Asian population as the largest and most significant group in Leicester in terms of retailing, but could also include other groups, especially the post-war Polish population and the Caribbean community.

Enquiries should in the first instance go to the Research Degrees Office, De Montfort University, Leicester, LE1 9BH
Telephone: 0116 2506309. Web: www.dmu.ac.uk
Closing Date: 5 June 2009

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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India’s 9/11? Not Exactly By AMITAV GHOSH

Posted in Articles, News/Information by Pippa on December 18, 2008


Published: December 2, 2008

SINCE the terrorist assaults began in Mumbai last week, the metaphor of the World Trade Center attacks has been repeatedly invoked. From New Delhi to New York, pundits and TV commentators have insisted that “this is India’s 9/11” and should be treated as such. Nearly every newspaper in India has put “9/11” into its post-massacre headlines. The secretary general of the Bharatiya Janata Party, the leading Hindu nationalist political faction, has not only likened the Mumbai attack to those on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, but has insisted that “our response must be close to what the American response was.”

To read the full article: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/03/opinion/03ghosh.html?_r=1&hp=&pagewanted=all

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WASHINGTON DIARY: Unwarranted fears by Dr Manzur Ejaz

Posted in Articles, News/Information by Pippa on November 25, 2008

It was evident that the hateful ideology taught at our schools and colleges could not overcome the eternal compassion that people of the same culture have for each other. It revived my faith in humanity and the capacity of human beings to forgive and love each otherWhile in Pakistan for about two weeks, my hectic schedule allowed me little time to turn on the TV or read the newspaper. It was just the opposite of my usual view of Pakistan from abroad, derived mainly through the print and electronic media. What I saw was very different from what I would have expected, given the media reports.


Life was quite normal: the streets were full of school-going children and office-goers in the morning and sickening road congestion in the evening shopping hours. The scene was the same wherever I went, from Sahiwal to Sialkot. There was no mention of bomb threats or jihadi attacks in the part of Punjab where I was travelling. Although from media reports it would seem that the entire country was being run by extremists.

These aspects were exceptionally important for me, because during my visit I was hosting a group of Sikh men and women led by Dr Shahmshir Singh, an ex-official of the World Bank.
To read the full article: http://www.wichaar.com/news/294/ARTICLE/10050/2008-11-18.html

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