Punjab Research Group

cfp: International Sikh Research Conference (ISRC)

Posted in Conferences, Events by Pippa on February 16, 2015

We are pleased to announce the call for papers (C4p) and registrations for the second International Sikh Research Conference (ISRC). The conference will take place at the prestigious University of Warwick on the 28 June 2015.

The second conference draws on the unprecedented success of the first ISRC, 2014 by bringing together academics, scholars and researchers and to encourage a spirit of collaboration within international Sikh studies academia.

Scholars, researchers and academics are encouraged to submit a paper which highlights research on any of the following themes: Musicology, History, Philosophy, Scripture, Diaspora, Identity, and Politics.

The call for papers for the second Sikh Research Conference is now live at http://www.sikhconference.co.uk.
See attachment for further details: Call for Papers
Gurinder Singh Mann


Posted in Conferences by Pippa on November 25, 2014
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2nd International Conference of History, GCU, Lahore 17-18 November 2014

Posted in Conferences by Pippa on November 1, 2014

International Conference “Pakistan: Opportunity in Crisis”

Posted in Conferences by Pippa on April 23, 2014

Venue:  St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford

Dates: 10-11 May 2014

Entry: Student (£9) & Non-Student (£15) for registrations until 30/04/2014

More Details & Registration: http://www.knowledge.org.pk/


Pakistan has experienced political turbulences in the past, and its current security and economic challenges are indeed formidable. Yet the country continues to show remarkable national resilience in the face of these challenges. This is contrary to its doomsday portrayal in mainstream media and literature—which remains largely impervious to the myriad complexities of Pakistan’s internal realities, especially some viable social, political and economic transformations the country has undergone in recent years. Occurring amid critical circumstances, these transformations entail rare opportunities for reshaping Pakistan’s domestic politics and foreign policy, which need in-depth analysis and fresh insight. Hence this conference, which brings together prominent scholars and writers on Pakistan from UK and the rest of the world to critically debate the historical, political, social, economic and regional contexts underpinning such transformations, and thus rationally assess their potential outcomes for internal politics and external relations.

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‘In one hand a pen in the other a gun’: Punjabi language radicalism in Punjab, Pakistan by Kalra & Butt

Posted in Articles, New Publications by Pippa on September 18, 2013

‘In one hand a pen in the other a gun’: Punjabi language radicalism in Punjab, Pakistan by Virinder S. Kalra & Waqas M. Butt

Published in South Asian History and Culture, 2013


The relationship between language and politics in South Asia has provided a rich vein for academic analysis as it is tied up with issues related to nationalism and political mobilization. However, much of this analysis has been based on the Indian reorganization of states along linguistic lines or the role of language in the Bangladeshi liberation movement. This article discusses the role of language in the mobilization of the Left in Pakistan, specifically the way in which Punjabi was utilized by the Mazdoor Kisan Party at the theoretical and practical levels, in its mobilizing in the early 1970s. The role that language played in the site of student politics is illustrated through a case study of Sahiwal College. Overall, the role that Punjabi played as a mobilizing tool for the Left in Pakistan demonstrates a practice where culture and politics are inseparable and in this sense the article contributes to the wider debates on language and politics in South Asia.

Full article: Punjabi Language Radicalism

Autar Dhesi – Some Writings in England

Posted in Articles, Diaspora, News/Information by gsjandu on August 29, 2013


A Southall man who came to Britain in 1958 with a BSc in Natural Science from Punjab University, was awarded his Ph.D. in national economic planning from the University of Birmingham, on Friday.
He is Mr. Autar Singh Dhesi of 176 Regina Road, Southall.
Mr. Dhesi won a post-graduate diploma in Development Administration at Leeds in 1966. Two years later, he was awarded an M.Sc. in International Economics at Surrey University. In 1971 he qualified for a M.Soc.Sc. degree at Birmingham University, where he won a Research Council Scholarship in Social Sciences. In between he taught at Coventry University.
Mr. Dhesi was secretary of Southall Indian Worker’s Association for many years, and joint secretary of the National India Defence Fund Committee. He was a founder member of the Campaign Against Racial Discrimination.
In 1963, he was the first Indian from Southall to be invited to the Queen’s Garden party.

(Published in Middlesex County Times (London), July 19, 1974)

Below are some of the author’s writings kindly received at the PRG from the Punjab University.

Student Graffiti by A. Dhesi

a.dhesi prg (pdf)

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.

Book Review: The Politics of Religion in South and Southeast Asia edited by Ishtiaq Ahmed

Posted in Book reviews by Pippa on March 1, 2012

Dr Ishtiaq Ahmed, a renowned scholar of Pakistani origin, is presently a professor emeritus of political science at the University of Stockholm in Sweden. However, this book The Politics of Religion in South and Southeast Asia was conceived after a symposium in March 2009, when he was a visiting research professor at the Institute of South Asian Studies at the National University of Singapore. The purpose of the seminar was to investigate the role of religion in the countries of South and South East Asia. Dr Ahmed, as editor, has given an overview of the politics of religion in this region, followed by articles on the two areas separately: on South Asia by Ali Riaz and South East Asia by Bilveer Singh. These are followed by research studies in the form of chapters on Pakistan (Ishtiaq Ahmed and Tahmina Rashid), India (Tridivesh Singh Maini, Ishtiaq Ahmed and Rajesh Rai), Bangladesh (Taj Hashmi), Malaysia (Maznah Mohamad), Indonesia (Noorhaidi Hasan), the Philippines (Raymond Jose G. Quilop) and Singapore (Eugene K. B. Tan).

Read the full review by Tariq Rahman in Newsline: http://www.newslinemagazine.com/2012/02/book-review-the-politics-of-religion-in-south-and-southeast-asia/

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Political Theology, special issue ‘Ten Years After 9/11’

Posted in Academic Journals, New Publications by santhyb on November 29, 2011

The editors of Political Theology are pleased to announce that the latest issue is now available on the web.  PT 12.5 (2011) is a special issue entitled ‘Ten Years After 9/11’, in which twenty-two contributors from across the religious spectrum take stock of the events of September 11, 2001 and their aftermath. Perspectives are offered from theologians, specialists in the study of religion, historians, philosophers, ethicists, anthropologists and political scientists. A number of the contributors are active in the area of interreligious dialogue and interfaith relations. Some are grassroots activists.

To continue reading this introduction, please visit: http://www.politicaltheology.com/blog/?p=526

Political Theology Vol 12, No 5 (2011): Ten Years After 9/11

Table of Contents

Guest Editorial
Editorial: An Alternative Vision (641-644)
Colleen Kelly

Political Theology Ten Years After 9/11 (645-659)
Julie Clague

“Do Not Despair of God’s Mercy”: Reflections on the Divine Mercy in
Times of Tragedy (660-665)
Abdulaziz Sachedina

September 11: Meaning in Fragments (666-671)
W. Clark Gilpin

Fragments: Reflections in a Shattered Screen (672-677)
Tina Beattie

9/11 – 100 Years On (678-684)
Hugh Goddard

The War on Terror: Secular or Sacred? (685-690)
William T. Cavanaugh

The World As We Know It (691-695)
Jean Bethke Elshtain

In the Decade After 9/11 (696-698)
Amir Hussain

American by Force, Muslim by Choice (699-705)
Amina Wadud

Keeping Shari’a and Reclaiming Jihad (706-712)
Irfan A. Omar

Osama bin Laden as a Multi-Vocal Symbol (713-721)
Richard Gauvain

The Problem of Religious Violence (722-726)
Alan Mittleman

September 11, 2001: Remember Forgetting (727-736)
Asma Barlas

The Legacy of 9/11: A Decade of Denial and Destruction (737-743)
Reza Pankhurst

Tragedy and Triumphalism (744-751)
Lenn E. Goodman

The Emerging Phenomena of Post-9/11 (752-761)
Shaykh Ahmed Abdur Rashid

Fighting Terrorism through Generosity: The Spiritual Approach to
Homeland Security (762-769)
Rabbi Michael Lerner

The Line Dividing Good and Evil (770-777)
Marina Cantacuzino

After 9/11: Religion and Politics (778-782)
David Novak

Collapsing Horizons (783-791)
Marius Timmann Mjaaland

Mourning 9/11: Walter Benjamin, Gillian Rose, and the Dual Register of
Mourning (792-800)
Ted A. Smith

Political Theology

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Lecturer in Indian History or Politics, Australian National University

Posted in Vacancies by Pippa on November 27, 2011

Australian National University, School of Culture, History and Language
Lecturer in Indian History or Politics
Institution Type:   College / University
Location:   Australia
Position:   Lecturer

The School of Culture, History and Language (CHL) is one of four
Schools within the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific. Unique in the
world, the school is focused on deep, cutting-edge research and
teaching about the people, languages and land of Asia and the Pacific.

The South Asia Program in the the School of Culture, History and
Language, ANU College of Asia and the Pacific, will appoint a Lecturer
in Indian History or Politics (equivalent to Assistant Professor,
tenure track) to coordinate and contribute to the teaching of Indian
History or Politics at undergraduate level. The successful candidate
will have a PhD along with demonstrated potential for high-level
research. Fluency in a modern language is expected and ideally the
successful candidate will commence the position in mind-2012.
Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Contact: Dr McComas Taylor
Telephone: +61 2 6125 3179
Email: mccomas.taylor@anu.edu.au

To make an application, please go to

Website: http://chl.anu.edu.au/
Primary Category: Cultural History / Studies
Secondary Categories: South Asian History / Studies

Posting Date: 11/22/2011
Closing Date 01/16/2012

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Posted in Research Fellowships by Pippa on December 28, 2009

New Europe College – Institute for Advanced Study in Bucharest, Romania – announces the competition for Fellowships on the topic “Religion and Politics in the Context of Modernity” for the academic year 2010-11.

The program targets young Romanian and international researchers/academics working in the fields of humanities and social studies. Applicants must be doctoral students, or hold a Ph.D. title. Duration of the Fellowship: a) a full academic year (10 months, October through July) or (only for the international Fellows) b) a one-term fellowship (October through February, or March through July). Location: New Europe College in Bucharest, Romania.

The Fellows are expected to work on their own projects and take part in the scientific events organized by the New Europe College. At the end of their Fellowship, each Fellow is expected to hand in a research paper reflecting the results of his/her work over the duration of the Fellowship. The papers will be included in a NEC publication.

Working languages: English, French, and German. A good command of English is desirable. The deadline (the arrival date, not the mailing date) for the international candidates to submit the application both by regular mail and e-mail is February 1st, 2010. The applications will be evaluated by the Academic Board of the NEC. The applicants will be notified by e-mail and regular mail on the results of the evaluation process at the beginning of the month of March. The shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview organized at the NEC, in Bucharest, on April 9-10, 2010.

The application form, the instructions for the application and additional information on the New Europe College can be downloaded from http://www.nec.ro/fundatia/nec/nec_intl_2010.htm. or requested by e-mail at applications@nec.ro.

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.


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