Punjab Research Group

PRG Conference 27-28 June 2014, Coventry University – revised programme

Posted in Conferences, PRG Meetings by Pippa on June 11, 2014

As you know this year we are celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Punjab Research Group. To celebrate this milestone we have teamed up with Dr Churnjeet Mahn, University of Surrey, and are planning a two-day conference at Coventry University. The conference will be supported by the AHRC project, ‘A Punjabi Palimpsest: Cultural Memory and Amnesia at the Aam Khas Bagh’. A website connected to the project can be found here: http://www.thegtroad.com.

Attached are all the details for the conference, including the programme and abstracts. If you would like to attend please complete the registration form and send this to me by Thursday 19 June. Please note that the programme for Saturday has been revised and extended.

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PRG 27-28 June 2014

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cfp: PRG meeting June 27-28, Coventry University

Posted in Conferences, PRG Meetings by Pippa on February 17, 2014

This year marks the 30th anniversary since the Punjab Research Group was founded. The idea of PRG was first floated at a conference in March/April 1984 on “Communal Harmony in Punjab” following discussions among a small group of like-minded people. The PRG was established on the basis that it would be inclusive and all-embracing in issues pertaining to the three Punjabs (East, West and the Diaspora). During the past 30 years the PRG has provided space for academics to interact with each other regardless of territorial or disciplinary boundaries. This is especially important given the often strained relationship between India and Pakistan which has prevented academic discourse to take place between scholars in East and West Punjab. When the group started in 1984 its activities were radical and pioneering in furthering regional studies, an area only beginning to emerge. The PRG has continued to meet two to three times a year at various universities across the UK to allow for broad participation.

Ten years later the PRG launched the International Journal of Punjab Studies at a major conference on Punjab Studies in Coventry, 1994. Now know as the Journal of Punjab Studies, the journal provides important space for the Punjabi Diaspora and Punjab Studies and has been successfully running for the past 20 years.

To mark this milestone in the Group’s history we have teamed up with Dr Churnjeet Mahn, University of Surrey, and are planning a two-day conference. The public event will be funded by the AHRC project, ‘A Punjabi Palimpsest: Cultural Memory and Amnesia at the Aam Khas Bagh’. This project has looked at the conservation of Mughal-era buildings in Sikh-dominated Punjab, especially in terms of contested heritage and memory. A website connected to the project can be found here: http://thegtroad.com/

The theme for the conference will therefore focus on Memory; we invite people to present papers which are either reflective in their approach regarding Punjab Studies and/or draw on the themes and role of collective or social memory in Punjab. This can be broadly interpreted and we particularly welcome papers from young emerging scholars. A selection of the papers presented during this conference will be published in a special edition of the Journal of Punjab Studies and edited by Pippa Virdee and Churnjeet Mahn.

Date: 27-28 June 2014
Venue: Coventry University

Please send proposals and abstracts by 15 April to pvirdee@dmu.ac.uk.

Indian Memory Project

Posted in Art, Digital resources, Photography by Pippa on February 17, 2014

The Indian Memory Project is a wonderful resource which features the Visual & Oral history of the Indian Subcontinent via family archives. Please follow the links to read the full text and see the pictures. These are just a selection of material relating to Punjab.

An avid sportswoman who managed several teams during the Asian Games 1982 – http://www.indianmemoryproject.com/95/

Parveen Kaur (Arora) was born in the small hill town of Mussoorie, India in 1952. The ‘Arora’ family originally belonged to Rawalpindi, (now Pakistan), and moved to Mussourie during the Indo-Pak partition.

She served as an ad-hoc at Lady Irwin College and also had a brief stint at Miranda House. She finally got a permanent job at S.G.T.B. Khalsa College, University of Delhi in 1981. A year later, she became the manager of several teams at the Asian Games in 1982 which she believed was a great honour at her age. She also got married in 1984, a turbulent year marked with Anti-Sikh riots. The story of  how they survived the riots is another long one indeed.

She passed away, on February 4, 2011 and is fondly remembered by all the faculty, friends and family as one of the most zealous, interesting women and sports personalities of her time. The college has now instituted two yearly awards for ‘Outstanding Sports Person’ in her name.

The cockerel-fighter from Punjab who became one of Africa’s greatest cameramen – http://www.indianmemoryproject.com/109/

Looking back over the 80 years, I wonder how, as a simple village boy from Punjab who never even finished school, did I end up in Africa, dodging bullets to make a living from shooting hundreds of kilometres of film in some of the world’s most dangerous regions.

I come from the proud martial family of the Sikhs. I do not know the exact date of my birth, although my passport says 25 October 1931, Baburpur, Punjab. At the time, births were not registered, and parents habitually exaggerated the ages of their children in order to get them into school early and so have their own hands free during the day. Baburpur, formerly called Retla (the place of sand), was renamed after Mughal Emperor Babur who had reportedly camped near our village for a few weeks.

The only non-white students of the batch – http://www.indianmemoryproject.com/118/

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Violence, Memory, and the Dynamics of Transnational Youth Formations

Posted in Academic Journals by Pippa on October 9, 2012

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Violence, Memory, and the Dynamics of Transnational Youth Formations

Eds Kamal Arora, Duygu Gül & Michael Nijhawan

We invite submissions for a special issue of Sikh Formations that tackles the relationship between violence, memory and transnational youth formations. In recent years, we are witnessing a massive mobilization of youth not only in the streets of the Middle East, but globally, from Spain to Quebec, and London to Athens. Youth are engaged in forms of identity making in contexts of neoliberal capitalism, authoritarian states, and diasporic spaces. This special issue seeks to shed light on youth subjectivities and contemporary forms of social and political engagements through a transnational lens. We invite contributions that assess the burgeoning forms of transnational contours of youth formations, and reflect on new languages emerging in encounters with states, political regimes and other actors. As this issue is interdisciplinary and the focus is transnational, scholarly papers as well as creative works that focus on a wide variety of geographical localities, including a transnational and/or diasporic component are welcome.

Broadly, we welcome papers that:

  • theorize youth formations in relation to violence and memory, which might include social and political activism, social media, multiculturalism and the state, diaspora and transnationalism, gendered identities, security and migration, religion and secularism;
  • reflect on the specificity, flexibility and adaptability of the category of “youth” in each analyzed context by paying specific attention to the politics of categorization;
  • examine diasporic contexts and formation of other youth constellations, be they nationally or internationally defined.

We invite authors to submit papers that reflect multiple interdisciplinary perspectives, including scholarly papers as well as creative works such as non-fiction narrative, poetry, memoir and photographic essays. The deadline for abstracts is: December 10th, 2012. Detailed abstracts of 300-500 words should be e-mailed to youthfor@yorku.ca by December 10th, 2012. Once abstracts have been selected by the editorial team, authors are requested to submit their manuscripts by May 1st, 2013. Manuscripts for scholarly papers should follow the format provided on ‘Instructions for Authors’ page of the Sikh Formations website and be between 8000 to 10000 words, including all notes and references. Narrative pieces or creative essays should not exceed 2000 words. If you wish to have more information about this special issue, please contact us at youthfor@yorku.ca .

Guest editors Kamal Arora, Duygu Gül & Michael Nijhawan.

PRG meeting October 2011 – Wolfson College, University of Oxford

Posted in PRG Meetings by Pippa on October 31, 2011

This meeting was kindly organised by Kaveri Qureshi and supported by Wolfson College, University of Oxford.

Adnan Rafiq, DPhil Candidate Politics, University of Oxford
‘Challenging Social Structures: A Practice-based Model for Understanding Maverick Behaviour’

Muhammad Shafique, Department of History, University College London
‘Cunningham’s Lahore 1832-1849: Cultural Homogenization of Religio-Political Heterogeneity under Sikhs’


Pritam Singh, Faculty of Business, Oxford Brookes University
‘Instrumentalist versus intrinsic worth conception of human rights: the context of India and Punjab’

Gurdeep Khabra, PhD Candidate, School of Music, University of Liverpool
‘Music and the Heritage of the Punjabi Diaspora: Narrations of Cultural Memory and Cultural Identity’


Rusi Jaspal, School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Nottingham
‘The construction of ethno-religious identity among a group of second generation British Sikhs: a socio-psychological approach’

Walls of Film: the memory of public spheres

Posted in Events by Pippa on October 18, 2009

Inside/Out Festival event on Wed 21 Oct (1-5pm)
Birkbeck Cinema, Gordon Square.
http://www.lcace.org.uk/events/index.php?event=117
Walls of Film: the memory of public spheres
Date: Wednesday 21st October 2009
Time: 1.00pm – 5.00pm
Location: Birkbeck Cinema, Gordon Square view map

Organised by The Methods Lab, Sociology Dept, Goldsmiths, University of London.http://www.gold.ac.uk/methods-lab/
Screenings and Presentations from  –  Prof. Avtar Brah (Birkbeck), Jasbir Panesar (UEL), Alia Syed (Film maker & Research Fellow, Southampton Solent), George Shire (Cultural Critic), Gil Toffell (Leverhulme Research Fellow, Queen Mary College) and Nirmal Puwar (Goldsmiths).

Working on different and historically located diasporic locations with film, this panel will address the space(s) of film viewing, as well as the space of working with film as academics, researchers, archivists, film makers and collaborators. The event will examine the ways in which film both opens up and constrains their abilities to make visible memories and journeys that are otherwise absent from the public domain.

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