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'Punjabs@70', 'Punjab: Past, Present, Future’ 'Punjab Research Group Conference'

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Who this event is for

  • Everyone


Chakrabarti Room (JHB 208) , John Henry Brookes Building (JHBB) , Headington Campus, Headington Campus, Gipsy Lane site


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 to provide a platform for discussion and debate on issues pertaining to East and West Punjab as well as the Punjabi diaspora. During the past 33 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 often-strained relationship between India and Pakistan, which has prevented discussion and dialogue between scholars of East and West Punjab.

Our second conference for 2017 will be held as a one-day event on 28th October in Oxford. The conference coincides with the 70 years of partition, which marked a new era in the history of Punjab, accomplished with despair and joy alike for the two countries, but mostly despair for Punjab. Who gained and who lost from partition is still a debatable question. Thus, our theme for this conference is Punjabs@70. We welcome submissions from scholars, academics, young researchers, journalists, artists, and activists for an inter-disciplinary discussion focusing on the theme of ‘Punjabs@70, Punjab: Past, Present and Future’.

Speakers are invited to give paper-presentations/performances that can cover a broad range of content, including, but not limited to: history, philosophy, politics, gender, religion, environmental studies, economics, diaspora issues, linguistics, literature, poetry, arts, and culture.

We particularly welcome proposals exploring the genesis of Punjab, intersections between the ‘3 Punjabs’, going beyond the 1947 borders: to deepen our perspective on the ‘connected histories’, and to envision interrelated futures, of the region.

Please submit abstracts (200 words) and one-page CV to Raj (RS Mann) at punjabresearchgroup@gmail.com by 06th September 2017. Submissions from grad/postgraduate students are encouraged.

If you would like to register as a guest for this event, please book a ticket using eventbrite page (registration fee will be announced later).

Please note we have now finalized the registration fee for the event. The registration fee for the conference is £10 per person.