‘Punjab: Past, Present, Future’ : Punjab Research Group Conference, 2016
‘Punjab: Past, Present, Future’ : Punjab Research Group Conference, 2016

‘Punjab: Past, Present, Future’ : Punjab Research Group Conference, 2016

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The Punjab Research Group has been hosting conferences at least twice a year since 1984, and was established as an inclusive and all- embracing forum for discussion and debate on issues pertaining to the East and West Punjab as well as the Punjabi diaspora. During the past 32 years, the PRG has provided space for academics to interact with each other regardless of territorial or disciplinary boundaries. This is especially important given the strained relationship between India and Pakistan, which has prevented discussion and dialogue between scholars of East and West Punjab.

Our second conference for 2016 will be held as a one-day event on 29 October in Oxford. We are pleased to welcome academics, young researchers, journalists, artists and activists from across the globe for an inter-disciplinary discussion focusing on the theme of ‘Punjab: Past, Present and Future’. 


09.30- 09.45:        Welcome Address: Prof. Pritam Singh, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford.

09.45 -11.15:        Session I    Colonial Punjab: Multiple Facets

Chair:                    Prof. Iftikhar Malik, Bath Spa University

09.45 – 10.05:       The Martial Race Theory & The Self-Identification of Sikh Soldiers in World War One

                              Amrit Kaur Lohia, Musician and MA History, SOAS, University of London


10.05-10.25:         Mule-breeding in the Colonial Punjab: A Frustrated Enterprise

                             Prof. William G. Clarence-Smith, SOAS, University of London


10.25-10.45:         Charhdee Kala: Akali Morchas, Indian Nationalism, and the Politics of Selfhood

                              Avinash Singh, Independent Researcher, USA


10.45-11.15:         Discussion

11.15-11.30:         Coffee Break


11.30-13.00:         Session II   Cultures: Material and Literary


Chair:                  Prof. Eleanor Nesbitt, Professor Emerita,  University of Warwick


11.30-11.50:         Sikh Interpretations of the Mughal Shalamar Garden in Lahore

                             Dr. Nadhra S.N. Khan, Assistant Professor, Lahore University of Management Sciences


11.50 -12.10:        250 Years of Heer Waris Shah and Punjabi Identity

                              Mahmood Awan, Independent Researcher, Dublin


12.10 -12.30:        Political Consciousness of Punjabi Poetry of the post-1990s

                             Amandeep Kaur, PhD Candidate, Panjab University, Chandigarh


12.30 -13.00:        Discussion

13.00-13.45:         Lunch Break

13.45-14.00:         Conference Announcements regarding Publications, Scholarships and Research Projects


14.00-15.30:         Session III          Postcolonial Punjab: Economic Trajectories


Chair:                   Dr. Navtej Purewal, Deputy Director, SOAS South Asia Institute


14:00-14:20:          Landlord Prerogative and Refugee-Rehabilitation: Mudie, Mamdot and the Ministerial                                       Mess

                              Dr. Newal Osman, Assistant Professor, Institute of Business Administration, Karachi

14:20-14:40           Punjab: The Long Road to Social Protection

                              Nadia Singh, PhD Candidate, Oxford Brookes University



14.40-15.00:         Merchant's Capital in Punjab’s Agriculture: Reflections on Farmer-Arhtia Relations

                             Shreya Sinha, PhD Candidate, SOAS, University of London


15.00-15.30:         Discussion

15.30-15.45:         Coffee Break


15.45-17.10:         Session IV  Postcolonial Punjab: Political Trajectories


Chair:                    Dr. Meena Dhanda, Reader, University of Wolverhampton


15.45-16.05:         The Migrant, Migrant-in-Waiting and the Non-Migrant: Diverse Trajectories of Social                                           Mobility

                             Sugandha Nagpal, PhD Candidate, University of East Anglia


16.05-16.20:         Pakistan and the Christians: Creating a Sense of Belonging

                             Dr. Yaqoob Bangash, IT University of the Punjab, Lahore


16.20-16.40          Authority, Apparatus and Gurudwara Administration in Postcolonial West Punjab

                             Khola Cheema, PhD Candidate, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad


16:40-17:10:          Discussion


17.10-17.30:         Deliberation on/Announcement of Best Presenter Award

17.30-18.00:         Note of Thanks

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