Punjab Research Group

GLOCUL LECTURE 2012 – Reconceptualizing India Studies by Prof S.N. Balagangadhara

Posted in News/Information by gsjandu on October 25, 2012

Reconceptualizing India Studies

6.00pm, Tuesday 11 December 2012

David Sizer Lecture Theatre, Queen Mary, University of London, Mile End Road, London E1 4NS

Professor S.N. Balagangadhara is Director of the Research Centre Vergelijkende  Cutuurwetenschap (Comparative Science of Cultures) and the founder of the India Platform at Ghent University in Belgium. A drinks reception will precede the event and all attendees are welcome to join Centre for Culture and Law academics and School of Law students from 6pm, for a 6.30pm start.

The Centre for Culture and Law’s research agenda links legal pluralism, legal culture, and socio-legal studies more broadly, to culture, ethnicity, religion, migration, citizenship, diasporas, and transnationalism. An interdisciplinary blending of these fields is at the focus of GLOCUL’s research agenda.
A formal invitation is attached with this email, please feel free to forward this to colleagues and friends.

To reserve a place please visit www.qmculturelaw.eventbrite.com

Sikh Nationalism and Identity in a Global Age (Paperback) – Routledge

Posted in New Publications by Pippa on May 31, 2010

href=”http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415586108/?sms_ss=wordpress”>Sikh Nationalism and Identity in a Global Age (Paperback) – Routledge.

Sikh Nationalism and Identity in a Global Age examines the construction of a Sikh national identity in post-colonial India and the diaspora and explores the reasons for the failure of the movement for an independent Sikh state: Khalistan. Based on a decade of research, it is argued that the failure of the movement to bring about a sovereign, Sikh state should not be interpreted as resulting from the weakness of the ‘communal’ ties which bind members of the Sikh ‘nation’ together, but points to the transformation of national identity under conditions of globalization. Globalization is perceived to have severed the link between nation and state and, through the proliferation and development of Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs), has facilitated the articulation of a transnational ‘diasporic’ Sikh identity. It is argued that this ‘diasporic’ identity potentially challenges the conventional narratives of international relations and makes the imagination of a post-Westphalian community possible. Theoretically innovative and interdisciplinary in approach, it will be primarily of interest to students of South Asian studies, political science and international relations, as well as to many others trying to come to terms with the continued importance of religious and cultural identities in times of rapid political, economic, social and cultural change.

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Language, the Nation, and Symbolic Capital: The Case of Punjab by Alyssa Ayres

Posted in Articles by Pippa on December 28, 2009

Journal of Asian Studies Vol. 67, No. 3 (August 2008): 917–946.


A movement to “revive the spirit of Punjab and Punjabi” in South Asia has enabled a surprising thaw between the two Punjabs of Pakistan and India. That this revival movement has been catalyzed from within Pakistan rather than India raises intriguing questions about language, nationalism, and the cultural basis of the nation-state. Although the Punjabiyat movement bears the surface features of a classical nationalist formation—insistence upon recovering an unfairly oppressed history and literature, one unique on earth and uniquely imbued with the spirit of the local people and the local land—its structural features differ markedly. Pakistan’s Punjab has long functioned as an ethnic hegemon, the center against which other regions struggle in a search for power. Yet the Punjabiyat movement presents Punjab as an oppressed victim of Pakistan’s troubled search for national identity. This essay argues that a theory of symbolic capital best explains this otherwise peculiar inversion of perceived and actual power, and underscores culture’s critical role in the nation’s political imagination.

Read further: http://alyssaayres.com/2008/08/language-nation-symbolic-capital-punjab/

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