Punjab Research Group

PRG meeting 27 June 2015, SOAS

Posted in PRG Meetings by Pippa on June 26, 2015

The Politics of the Social and Beyond:

Hegemonies, Resistances, and Negotiations

B102, Brunei Gallery, SOAS, University of London, WC1H OXG

27 June 2015 at 10:00 AM


Full Programme: PRG Programme June 2015

Samina Bashir (Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad)

The Communal Award in Colonial Punjab: Implications and Impacts for Sikhs

Michael Nijhawan (Department of Sociology, York University, Canada)

The Asylum Courts’ Radiating Effect on Religion

Nicola Mooney (University of the Fraser Valley, Canada)

Caste, Dominance, and the Question of Form

Kavita Bhanot (University of Manchester)

Unpacking Multiculturalism and Hybridity: ‘Self’ and ‘Other’ in ‘Third Generation’ British Asian Literature

Yaqoob Khan Bangash (Forman Christian College, Lahore)

Bahawalpur State and Pakistan, 1947-55: Accession and Integration

And book launch of A Princely Affair: The Accession and Integration of the Princely States of Pakistan, 1947-1955 (OUP, 2015)

Radhika Chopra (Department of Sociology, University of Delhi)

Seeing off the dead: Post mortem photographs in the Durbar Sahib

Silas Webb (Doctoral Candidate, Department of History, Syracuse University)

State Surveillance, Neighbourhood Formation and Diaspora Politics: The ‘Pedlar Fraternity’ in Glasgow, 1925-1949

Virinder S. Kalra (School of Social Sciences, University of Manchester)

Book Launch and reception, with musical performance and dialogue with Rajveer Singh, Hardeep Singh Siera and Amrit Kaur Lohia: Sacred and Secular Musics: A Postcolonial Approach (Bloomsbury Press, 2015)

RGS/IBG Annual Conference – Call for Papers

Posted in Conferences, News/Information by Pippa on January 25, 2009

Uma Kothari (University of Manchester) and Richard Phillips (University of Liverpool) invite abstracts for a session at the RGS-IBG Annual Conference, which will be held at the University of Manchester, 26th-28th August 2009:


Colonial Imaginaries and Postcolonial Transformations

The aims of this session are to demonstrate contemporary forms of agency by subaltern groups that attempt to transform, subvert, challenge and rework colonial representations albeit in the context of ongoing articulations of a colonial imagination.

Colonial discourse has been central to the construction of non-western people as legitimate subjects of colonial rule, passive counterparts to the active, civilised westerners who are conversely represented as natural imperial overlords.

Geographical imagination is central to this discursive logic, with geographical media such as exploration, adventure and travel being routinely deployed in the construction of western superiority, through representations of civilised, self-possessed, humanised and active subjects.

However, despite a proliferation of research on the power of colonial and specifically geographical imagination, much less attention has been paid to the contestation of this discourse, particularly by the colonial and would-be colonial subjects who are rendered passive and anonymous through this discourse.

This agency is rarely acknowledged with the West, which is portrayed from within as the originating site of the production of knowledge, ideas and history while those in and of the ‘Third World’, with limited self-determination, are perceived primarily as the receiver of these influences.

Building on Said’s notion of `imaginary geographies’, concerned with how spaces are perceived, represented and interpreted through a colonial discourse, and how these problematically construct ideas and images of other people, we invite contributions that examine the various ways in which colonial imaginations of the past and their current manifestations are being contested and reconfigured, particularly through geographical media and imaginative forms.


Please send abstracts (200 words) to Uma Kothari (uma.kothari@manchester.ac.uk) or Richard Phillips (richard.phillips@liverpool.ac.uk) by 18 February 2009.

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Making Britain Events

Posted in Diaspora, Events, Migration, News/Information by Pippa on January 15, 2009


Inter-University Postcolonial Seminar Series: Spring 2009

Making Britain: South Asian Resistances, 1870–1950

This series of seminars co-ordinated by Dr Sumita Mukherjee and Dr Rehana Ahmed will be addressing various forms of resistance by South Asians in Britain during this period. It forms part of the regular series organised by the Open University Postcolonial Research Group in association with the Institute of English Studies

Venue: NG15 (North Block, Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E
Time: 17.30 – 19.00

Tuesday 27 January Anne Kershen ‘The Alien in the Aliens Act: Defining the Outsider’

Anne Kershen has been Director of the Centre for the Study of Migration at Queen Mary, University of London, since its foundation in 1995. Based in the Department of Politics, she is currently Director of the Masters in Migration and Masters in Migration and Law programmes. She has published widely, her most recent book being Strangers, Aliens and Asians: Huguenots, Jews and Bangladeshis in Spitalfields 1660–2000 (Routledge, 2005). She is currently researching the impact of post-accession migrants on communities with no history of previous immigrant settlement, her spatial focus being Shropshire.

Tuesday 3 February Jacqueline Jenkinson ‘The Role of South Asian Sailors in the 1919 Port Riots’

Jacqueline Jenkinson is Lecturer in History at Stirling University. Her two main research interests are the social history of medicine, on which she has written several books – the most recent being Scotland’s Health: 1919–1948 (Peter Lang, 2002) – and the history of minority ethnic populations in Britain. She has published several articles on the 1919 port riots; the most recent, on the riot in Glasgow, appeared in the journal Twentieth Century British History in January 2008. Her book on the riots, Black 1919: Riots, Racism and Resistance in Post-Colonial Britain, is published by Liverpool University Press in March 2009.

Tuesday 10 February Prabhjot Parmar ‘Strategies of Containment: Censorship and the Indian Soldiers in Britain During the First World War’

Prabhjot Parmar is a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) postdoctoral fellow in the Department of English at Royal Holloway, University of London. Recovering the marginalized experiences of Indian soldiers who fought in the First World War, her postdoctoral project examines their letters as cultural artifacts within the context of war testimonies. She is the co-editor of When Your Voice Tastes Like Home: Immigrant Women Write and has published articles on the literary and cinematic representations of Partition. Currently she is teaching at the University of Western Ontario in Canada.

Tuesday 24 February Michèle Barrett ‘“Sending them Missing”: Race, Religion and the Imperial War Graves Commission’

Michèle Barrett is Professor of Modern Literary and Cultural Theory at Queen Mary, University of London. She is a noted social and cultural theorist, with expertise in ideology, aesthetics, gender, and post-structuralist ideas. Her recent work has focused on the literature and art of the First World War period. She has been awarded a Leverhulme Fellowship to study shell shock, and a British Academy grant to research the colonial politics of commemoration. Casualty Figures: Five Survivors of the First World War (Verso, 2008) is her most recent book.

All are welcome; booking is not required.

For further information visit, Making Britain: South Asian Visions of Home and Abroad, 1870-1950

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