Punjab Research Group

Punjab Research Group ‘Punjab: Past, Present, Future’ Punjab Research Group Conference, March 26, 2022 (St Antony’s College, Oxford)

Posted in News/Information by rsmaan on March 23, 2022

DETAILED PROGRAMME
09.30- 09.45: Registration

09.45- 10.00: Welcome address: Pritam Singh, Prof Emeritus, Oxford Brookes University

10:00-11.05: Session I. Sikh studies
Chair: Prof. Gurnam Singh, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Warwick

10.00-10.20: Application of Life Course Perspective: Understanding Panjab through Life Courses of Sikh Political Prisoners
Baljeet Kaur, Associate – Mitigation, Project39 A, National Law University Delhi, India

10.20-10.40: The Road to Empire: The Political Education of Khalsa Sikhs in the late 1600s
Satnam Singh, Independent researcher, Master of Arts (M.A) University of Copenhagen, and currently Senior Advisor to the Danish authorities in the prevention of honor-based violence against women.

10.40-11.05: Discussion

11.05-11.30: Tea/Coffee Break

11.30-12.35: Session II. Political Studies
Chair: Dr Pippa Virdee, Reader in Modern South Asian History, School of Humanities, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK

11.30-11.50: Punjab and the Politics of the 18th Constitutional Amendment in Pakistan
Salman Rafi, Doctoral Researcher, Department of Politics and International Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London

11.50-12.10: Collaboration, Resistance, and state surveillance in Punjab: Multan’s Role in ‘Munity’ of 1857
Sohail Khan, Visiting Scholar at School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) University of London

12.10-12.35: Discussion

12.40-13.00: Honouring of Late Dr Darshan Tatla with Lifetime Achievement Award

13.00-14.00: Lunch Break

14.00-15:35: Session III. Punjabiyat and culture
Chair: Dr Pargat Singh, Sikh Education Council, UK

14:00-14:20: Punjabiyat: An Emerging/reviving Phenomenon in Pakistani/west Punjab
Sadia Masood, PhD scholar at National Institute of Pakistan Studies, QAU, Islamabad

14:20-14:40: Sikhism and Covid-19: Ethics of community service and activism
Nadia Singh, Senior Lecturer Economics, Northumbria University, UK

14:40-15:00: Culture of Punjab in Gurdial Singh’s Parsa: Society and Tradition
Aarti Malhotra, Assistant professor in English, General Shivdev Singh Diwan Gurbachan Singh Khalsa College Patiala, Punjab, India

15.00-15:35: Discussion

15.35-16.00: Tea/Coffee Break

16.00-17.05: Session IV. Gender studies
Chair: Prof. Eleanor Nesbitt, Professor Emeritus, Warwick Religions and Education Research Unit, Centre for Educational Studies, University of Warwick, Coventry

16.00-16.20: Medical knowledges and Embodied Identities in late colonial Punjab: The case of Punjabi Masculinity
Nikita Azad, PhD researcher in the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology at the University of Oxford

16.20-16.40: Incest Abuse: Stories of shame to be silenced or supported?
Supreet Dhiman, Director – Research & Projects, End Incest Trust, Chandigarh, India

16.40-17.05: Discussion

17:05-17.15: Deliberation on/Announcement of Best Presenter Award

17.15-17:20: Vote of Thanks
Professor Pritam Singh, Conference Director

Darshan Singh Tatla obituary (by Dr. Eleanor Nesbitt)

Posted in News/Information by rsmaan on August 9, 2021

A tribute to the scholar par excellence Dr. Darshan Singh Tatla by Prof. Pritam Singh.

Posted in News/Information by rsmaan on July 17, 2021

Obituary: Dr. Darshan Tatla

Posted in News/Information by rsmaan on July 6, 2021

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It is with a very heavy heart that I share the sad news that Dr. Darshan Tatla passed away on the morning of 4th July 2021 in Birmingham.

If I had to name one person whose thoughts, feelings, dreams, excitements and disappointments were all linked to Punjab Studies, it was Darshan. With the exception of economics, there is no field of Punjab Studies – politics, history, literature, religion, diaspora etc., etc. – to which he did not make a contribution. He was a walking encyclopedia on the subject. No one studying the Punjab in any corner of the world escaped his attention. He was a great scholar, and a saintly man with a smile on his face even in adversity. His health had not been good for over two decades, but it deteriorated sharply in the last few months. He will be missed very, very sorely.

The members of the Punjab Research Group (PRG) had decided before the outbreak of Covid-19 to honour him with a Lifetime Achievement award for his distinguished contributions. We had hoped to present this award to him in person at one of the PRG conferences once the pandemic was over and he had recovered. This award will now, unfortunately, have to be awarded posthumously.

Darshan’s vision was the prime mover behind the founding of the PRG in April 1984. From its beginnings as a small group of like-minded PhD students in April 1984, the PRG has expanded and become the most well-respected regional study group from South Asia, where established scholars as well as young researchers come together to share their research in a mutually supportive research environment. The PRG’s work contributed to the organisation of the First International Conference on Punjabi Identity in 1994 at Coventry University, at which the first issue of the International Journal of Punjab Studies was also launched. The journal has continued since (as the Journal of Punjab Studies and more recently as the Journal of Sikh and Punjab Studies). The papers presented at the conference were brought together in a book; Punjabi Identity in a Global Context edited by Pritam Singh and Shinder Thandi and published by Oxford University Press in 1999. In 2016, the PRG launched the Best Doctoral Student Presentation Award, consisting of a cash award as well as a certificate, which is given to a doctoral student whose paper is judged to be the best presented at the PRG conference. To date, seven such awards have been given. The PRG will forever remain as a memorial to Darshan’s contribution to its founding and subsequent multi-dimensional development in the early years.

Prof. Pritam Singh
Director, Punjab Research Group

cfp: Oxford Sikh Society

Posted in Conferences, News/Information, sikhs by Pippa on August 19, 2014

We are excited to announce the launch of the next event in our series of ‘Discovering Sikhism’ open days.

Our new programme will be held at St Antony’s College, Oxford in November 2014, and will focus on exploring the history of the Sikhs under the British Raj. As ever, we are looking to provide critical historical insights and stimulating intellectual discussions on Sikh/Punjab Studies, with the aim of making academic research more accessible and engaging for a wide-ranging audience.

This year, we would like to open up our programme entirely, and invite you all to either present research papers or any kind of artistic work (be it film, poetry, song, drama, art or expressive dance!) that relates to the historical and cultural themes we intend to explore.

Please see attached a document to this email outlining further details about our ideas and goals for the 2014 open day, with a call at the end for relevant proposals to be submitted to us at oxford.sikhsoc@gmail.com. It would be fantastic to have your support!

We look forward to hearing from you with submission ideas in due course, and please do feel free to forward this email on to anyone whose work you think might be valuable to include within our programme. Should you have any questions about the event or Oxford’s Sikh Society in general, do not hesitate to drop us a line.

Full details: CfP Discovering Sikhism 2014

Priya Atwal, Vice President (2014-15), Oxford University Sikh Society

 

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