Punjab Research Group

The Sikh Turban: Exploring An Icon Of A Migratory Peoples’ Identity

Posted in Events, Migration, Research, sikhs by gsjandu on May 15, 2013

Research Consultation: Anthropological Collection on Sikh Turbans

The Horniman Museum, London

Kind assistance is requested with researching a collection displaying the dastar as part of Sikhs’ global migration. The collection has three aspirations; to firstly display the pagh’s physical variation as geographically dichotomous and freighting a regionally intrinsic identity trope for instance Makhan Singh as a kalasingha wearing a Kenyan kilemba. Secondly to consider the pagh and its contentious role in Sikh identity within the milieu of other head-coverings e.g. Mitres in Europe during The Middle Ages. Thirdly to reflect on the pagh in Sikh-Britain relationships e.g. Winterhalter’s 1854 portrait of Duleep Singh  or turbaned Sikhs as stock British Armed Forces’ media images. Thoughts on the collection mode and process are especially welcomed. The Horniman Museum Collections can be explored at www.horniman.ac.uk, whilst the researchers can be reached on gorby.jandu@gmail.com and JZetterstrom-Sharp@horniman.ac.uk. The collection is due to gain exhibition in 2014 with displays finalised by end 2013.

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Living Together – CRONEM 6th Annual Conference, 29-30 June 2010

Posted in Conferences by Pippa on May 8, 2010

Centre for Research on Nationalism, Ethnicity and Multiculturalism (CRONEM)
Joint international conference with the Runnymede Trust
Living Together Civic, Political and Cultural Engagement among Migrants, Minorities and National Populations: Multidisciplinary Perspectives
29 – 30 June 2010, University of Surrey
This conference aims to take stock of the different forms of civic, political and cultural engagement which currently exist, and investigate the factors and processes which are driving them, and the role of public policy in the engagement of women, migrants, minorities and national populations. A special feature of the conference this year will be an event organised by the Runnymede Trust, which will consider where Britain stands 10 years after the Parekh Report on the future of multi-ethnic Britain and 25 years after the Swann Report.

This conference will range across different academic disciplines and explore links between academic knowledge, policy, practice and the media. The format will consist of keynote addresses, parallel paper sessions, convened symposia, a poster session and a panel debate organised by the Runnymede Trust.

Keynotes:
Benjamin Barber, President (CivWorld at Demos) and Walt Whitman Professor Emeritus, Rutgers University, USA
Constance Flanagan, Professor of Youth Civic Development, Penn State University, USA
Yvonne Galligan, Director, Centre for the Advancement of Women in Politics, Queen’s University Belfast
Antje Wiener, Professor of Politics, University of Hamburg, Germany

Runnymede panel:
Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, journalist, author and broadcaster
Munira Mirza, Director of Arts, Culture and Creative Industries Policy, Greater London Authority
Tariq Modood, Professor of Sociology, University of Bristol
Jørgen S. Nielsen, Director, Centre for European Islamic Thought, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Lord Bhikhu Parekh, Professor of Political Philosophy, University of Westminster, UK (recorded presentation)
Sally Tomlinson, Professor of Education, University of Oxford

For more about the conference and registration, please visit http://www.surrey.ac.uk/Arts/CRONEM

Multireligious Societies- Polarizing, Co-Existence, Indifference (Conference in Sociology of Religion Aug 4-6)

Posted in Conferences by harjant on February 10, 2010

The University of Agder, Kristiansand, Norway, welcomes you to the 20th Nordic conference in sociology of religion. The conference will take place in Kristiansand in August, 4-6, 2010. The conference language is English.

Conference theme: MULTIRELIGIOUS SOCIETIES – POLARIZATION, CO-EXISTENCE, INDIFFERENCE
Plenary speakers: James A. Beckford, Helen Rose Ebaugh, Effie Fokas and Ole Riis.

Have a look at the conference website:   www.uia.no/ncsr2010
The website has recently been updated with information on programme, accomodation, suggested sessions, registration and online payment.

Paper abstracts, deadline March 1, 2010
Registration, deadline May 31, 2010.

Associate Professor or Professor – Macquarie University (Sydney, Australia)

Posted in Vacancies by Pippa on November 7, 2009

Position available: Associate Professor or Professor

The Centre for Research on Social Inclusion at Macquarie University (Sydney, Australia) specialises in the following areas:

– Migration and Multiculturalism

– Community Capacity Building

– Religion and Social Inclusion

– The Future of Work and Social Hope

– Welfare, Care and Social Policy

– Social and Environmental Justice

– Inclusion and Exclusion in Urban and Regional Spaces

We seek a senior academic at Level D or E, who will contribute a powerful research focus pulling together the theory and practice of inclusion, encompassing at least two of the above areas.

Attractive start-up and relocation conditions are designed to bring someone with a strong current research program and ability to attract high-quality PhD candidates.

Enquiries: Dr Marion Maddox on (02) 9850 4431 or email marion.maddox@scmp.mq.edu.au

Applications Close: 15 November 2009  

More information on the Centre for Research on Social Inclusion via our website: http://www.crsi.mq.edu.au/

For more information on the position, go to: http://tinyurl.com/yzlm28w

Violence Against Women in South Asian Communities: Issues for Policy and Practice

Posted in New Publications by Pippa on October 18, 2009

Edited by Ravi K Thiara and Aisha K Gill, Foreword by Professor Liz Kelly CBE

‘This book is powerful, challenging and inspirational, and is an important contribution to debates on the complex intersections between ethnicity, gender and inequality, as well as on human rights and violence against women. Thiara and Gill and the contributors to this text skillfully unpick the flawed thinking and policy initiatives directed at gender-based violence over the past 30 years and especially in the post 9/11 period community cohesion and anti-terrorism initiatives.’
– Dr Lorraine Radford, Head of Research, NSPCC

‘This is a stimulating and provocative collection which explores the difficult concepts of ‘multiculturalism’, ‘ethnic identity’ and ‘secularisation’ in relation to gendered violence. The authors challenge myths and stereotypes about the ‘Asian’ experience in relation to interpersonal violence without oversimplifying or homogenising black and minority ethnic (BME) women’s experiences. Despite cataloguing the ongoing struggles against racism and misogyny, and the intersection of both, the editors conclude the text with optimism; an additional reason to recommend this text to all policy makers, practitioners, academics and students, as well as those interested in the provenance of BME anti-violence organisations and current UK policy.’
– Dr Melanie McCarry, School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol

http://www.jkp.com/catalogue/book/9781843106708/review/

CFP: Postcolonialism and Islam

Posted in Conferences by Pippa on September 14, 2009

The Northern Association for Postcolonial Studies (NAPS) and The Sunderland-Nizwa Centre for Anglo-Arab and Muslim Writing are inviting abstracts and expressions of interest for a conference to be held at the University of Sunderland, UK, 16-17 April 2010.

Postcolonialism and Islam are two terms that frequently appear in tandem, however, the relationship between the two and the question of their compatibility has not been extensively investigated. The speed and intensity of the changes characteristic of late modernity under the pressures of cultural and economic globalisation has traumatised Muslims and non-Muslims alike. Hybrid identity formations, very often provisional, are generated in the articulations of difference marked by imaginary relations to faith, nation, class, gender, sexuality and language. Postcolonialism might seem to provide a framework for approaching the experiences of not only formerly colonized subjects but émigrés, exiles and expatriates and their host societies. However, Muslim writers and intellectuals have both adopted and rejected postcolonial theory as an effective tool for analysing and accounting for the experience of Muslims in the modern world.

This multidisciplinary conference will be relevant to specialists in postcolonial theory, and cultural, historical, political, sociological, literary, and religious studies who seek to problematise both the terms themselves and their juxtaposition. It will mainly focus on these six main themes:

* Muslim identity and its connection to race, cultural politics, integration;
* The experience of Muslim communities in Britain and elsewhere in the West particularly as representative site(s) of settlement, networking and diasporic mobility;
* Terms such as multiculturalism, citizenship, secularism, ethnicity;
* The way in which Muslim culture(s) become(s) embedded in and thematised by Muslim and non-Muslim writers in English and other literatures in translation;
* The connection between Muslim women and the activities of western orientalism;
* The conditions and possibility of ‘Islamic’ feminism; its response to the way in which Muslim women have often been represented and theorised according to western, Christian and white feminist versions of female experience;

Other related topics will also be considered. The intention is to publish an edited volume based on the theme of the conference to which a selection of participants will be invited to contribute.
Confirmed Keynote speakers so far include:
– Dr. Tahir Abbas, FRSA, currently principal analyst at Deen International
– Prof. Ceri Peach, Emeritus Professor at the Oxford School of Geography and Professor at the Insitute for Social Change, Manchester University
– Prof. Patrick Williams, Professor of Literary and Cultural Studies, Nottingham Trent
If you wish to attend please submit a proposal (maximum 300 words) to one of the following by October 30th, 2009:

Dr. Geoffrey Nash (geoff.nash@sunderland.ac.uk), or Dr. Sarah Hackett (sarah.hackett-1@sunderland.ac.uk)

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.

http://www.ped.su.se/pub/jsp/polopoly.jsp?d=4667&a=61652

Postcolonialism & Islam – Call for Papers

Posted in Conferences by Pippa on August 11, 2009

The Northern Association for Postcolonial Studies (NAPS) and Culture Team of the Faculty of Education and Society at the University of Sunderland are inviting abstracts and expressions of interest for a conference to be held at the University of Sunderland, UK, from the 16th to the 17th of April 2010.

Postcolonialism and Islam are two terms that frequently appear in tandem; however, the relationship between the two and the question of their compatibility has never been extensively investigated.  The speed and intensity of changes characteristic of late modernity under the pressure of cultural and economic globalisation has traumatised Muslims and non- Muslims alike.  Hybrid identity formations, very often provisional, are generated in the articulation of differences marked by imaginary relations to faith, nation, class, gender, sexuality and language.  Postcolonialism might seem to provide a framework for approaching the experiences of not only formerly colonised subjects, but emigres, exiles and expatriates and their host societies.  However, Muslim writers and intellectuals have both adopted and rejected postcolonial theory as an effective tool for analysing and accounting for the experience of Muslims in the modern world.

This multidisciplinary conference will be relevant to specialists in postcolonial theory and cultural, historical, political, sociological, literary and religious studies who seek to problematise the terms themselves and their juxtaposition.  It will mainly focus on these six themes:

– Muslim identity and its connection to race, cultural politics, integration
– The experience of Muslim communities in Britain and elsewhere in the West particularly as representative site(s) of settlement, networking, and diasporic mobility
– Terms such as multculturalism, citizenship, secularism, ethnicity
– The way in which Muslim culture(s) become(s) embedded in and thematised by Muslim and non-Muslim writers in English and other literatures in translation;
– The connection between Muslim women and the activities of western orientalism;
– The conditions of possibility for ‘Islamic’ feminism; its response to the way in which Muslim women have often been represented and theorised according to western, Christian and white feminist versions of female experience.

Other related topic will also be considered.  The intension is to publish an edited volume based on the theme of the conference to which a selection of participants will be invited to contribute.  Speakers and non-speakers are all very welcome to participate.

Confirmed speakers so far include:
– Dr. Tahir Abbas, FRSA, currently principle analyst at Deen International
– Prof. Ceri Peach, Emeritus Professorand Research Associate at the Oxford School of Geography
– Prof. Patrick Williams, Professor of Literary and Cultural Studies, Nottingham Trent

If you wish to contribute a paper please submit a proposal (300 words maximum) to one of the following no later than October 30th, 2009:
Dr. Geoffrey Nash (geoff.nash@sunderland.ac.uk)
Dr. Sarah Hackett (sarah.hackett-1@sunderland.ac.uk)
Faculty of Education and Society
University of Sunderland

Call for Papers – International Conference on Migration, Citizenship and Intercultural Relations

Posted in Conferences by Pippa on June 2, 2009

We invite proposals for papers that address the following questions:
• With increasing diversity in a globalised world, what kinds of multicultural societies can we envisage for our increasingly diverse communities?
• What kind of cultural and national identities will be formed within these societies and what role will they play in the public sphere?
• Do transnational connections translate into weaker notions of local belonging or can they be used as a resource to strengthen local communities?
• Do migrant and minority ethnic groups experience a sense of inclusion?
• How is this sense of inclusion recognised or manifested in a multicultural society?
• Does government policy contribute to building a sense of belonging and inclusion among recent migrants and other ethno-cultural groups?
• What types of intercultural relations exist in a culturally diverse society?
• What is the role of these intercultural relations in fostering inclusive and ethical visions of citizenship?

Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:
• Multiculturalism, Identity and Citizenship
• Race, Ethnicity and Intercultural Relations
• Transnational Work and Temporary Migration
• Muslim Diaspora in the West
• Moving Beyond Xenophobia: Race Relations and Social Inclusion
• Transnationalism and Global Ethics

Please send 250 word proposals/ abstract by 15 August 2009 to:

Further details: http://www.deakin.edu.au/arts-ed/icg/events/conf-2009.php

Ms Chippy Sunil, Coordinator
International Conference on Migration, Citizenship and Intercultural Relations
Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation.
Email: chippy.sunil@deakin.edu.au

AHRC PHD Studentships in Historical or Cultural Geography at Royal Holloway

Posted in PhD Studentship by Pippa on April 27, 2009

The Department of Geography has been awarded an AHRC studentship in Historical or Cultural Geography and is seeking suitably qualified candidates to commence PhD research in the academic year 2009-10.  The studentship pays all fees and a full maintenance award ( £14 940 for 2008-9, subject to review) for a three year period of research.

The topic areas for applicants are open within those broad disciplinary orientations to the arts and humanities. We would welcome applications from masters students working on questions of diaspora, multiculturalism, transnationality, ethnicity. We would also very much welcome applications from non-Geographers who feel that cultural or historical geography would be a conducive disciplinary home for their work.


Applications from those in related disciplines with an interest in working in Geography are encouraged.  Potential applicants are strongly recommended to discuss their ideas with Professor Tim Cresswell, Director of Graduate Studies, Professor David Gilbert, Director of the Social and Cultural Geography research group, or another member of staff with related interests before making a formal application.

Applications must be made by June 15th 2009http://www.rhul.ac.uk/registry/admissions/applyonline.html
For more details of the Department and forms see: http://www.gg.rhul.ac.uk/

FINLAND AND INNOVATIVE CULTURAL DIVERSITY – call for sessions

Posted in Conferences, News/Information by Pippa on February 10, 2009

October 22-23, 2009
The Finnish Society for the Study of Ethnic Relations and International Migration
University of Joensuu, University of Eastern Finland Joensuu, Finland

The theme of the sixth annual ETMU Days, Finland and Innovative Cultural Diversity, is being approached from several angles. The purpose of the event is to create an open dialogue for researchers and representatives of different sectors and to discuss Finland of tomorrow. The ETMU Days in Joensuu will offer a multiform ensemble including scientific presentations, workshops and roundtable discussions on current topics.

The theme area of the ETMU Days can be approached from following directions: ethnicity, international mobility, multiculturalism, integration, indigenous and national minorities, minority rights, citizenship, nationalism, racism, refugees, religion, gender, education, upbringing and comparable topics.

The speakers at the conference are Professor Doreen Massey (Open University, UK), Professor Tariq Modood (University of Bristol), Dr Aulikki Sippola, Professor Ari Lehtinen (University of Joensuu) and Docent Pasi Saukkonen (CUPORE, University of Helsinki). Also MDs Merja Räihä (Prokura) and Kim Väisänen (Blancco Ltd) are to be given the floor as well as to the presentatives of ministry level and EU.

The languages of the conference are Finnish and English.

Please, send your suggestion for a workshop Several workshops dealing with the above mentioned themes will be held at the conference. Researchers, research groups and students of the field may suggest topics for these workshops. The suggestions should include the name of the workshop and an approx. 200-word introduction to the theme. Suggestions should also specify the language of the workshop to be used and are to be submitted by 30.03.2009.

We are also searching for co-ordinators for the workshops. Their task is to choose abstracts for their workshops and function as chairpersons. The co-ordinators themselves are also welcome to suggest topics for workshops. As each workshop is established, information about it will be added to the website of ETMU and abstracts for them can be suggested from that moment onwards, yet latest in August 2009.

For further information: http://etmu.fi/etmudays/eng/etmudays.html

Session proposals: Conference secretary Maiju Parviainen, maiju.parviainen@joensuu.fi

Organizers
ETMU: The Finnish Society for the Study of Ethnic Relations and International Migration
Together with University of Joensuu (Karelian Institute, Department of Finnish Language and Cultural Research and Department of Sociology and Social Policy).
In collaboration with University of Eastern Finland and North Karelian University of Applied Sciences.

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