Punjab Research Group Conference, 28 October 2017 held at the Oxford Brookes University
Wednesday, 01 November 2017
A one-day conference was organized by the Punjab Research Group at the Oxford Brookes University, United Kingdom on 28 October 2017.
In the inaugural address, Prof Pritam Singh (Oxford Brookes University), who is also the director of the Punjab Research Group informed the speakers and audience that 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 33 years, the PRG has provided space for academics to interact with each other regardless of territorial or disciplinary boundaries. The conference provides a platform to academics, young researchers, journalists, artists, and activists for an inter-disciplinary discussion focusing on the theme of ‘Punjab: Past, Present and Future’. In the conference held on 28 October 2017, speakers from the United Kingdom, India and Pakistan presented their papers. The speakers included Principal Dr. Sujinder Singh Sangha (OBE FRSA), Prof. Ravinder Barn (Royal Holloway University of London), Gurcharan Virdee (senior gender and protection consultant in humanitarian and development work), Chandan Mahal (PhD Candidate, Queen Mary University of London), Dr. Robina Shoeb, (University of the Punjab, Lahore Pakistan), Vijayta Mahendru (PhD Candidate, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi), Shuranjeet Singh (University of Oxford, UK), Radha Kapuria (Ph.D Candidate Kings College London), Nadia Singh (PhD Candidate, Oxford Brookes University, UK). In different sessions chaired Prof Eleanor Nesbitt (University of Warwick), and Shreya Sinha (School of Oriental and African Studies, London) the speakers presented their research work on Punjab related issues pertaining to gender and family history, diaspora, masculinities, music, and religious studies. A book titled ‘Punjab: An Anatomy of Muslim-Sikh Politics’ authored by Prof Akhtar Hussain Sandhu (University of Education, Lahore, Pakistan) was also released at the conference. Nadia Singh was awarded the Best Doctorate Student Presentation prize for her paper ‘Sikhism and Sustainability’. Prof Singh, also congratulated the speakers and complimented the convenor of the conference, Mr R S Mann for organizing successful conference.