Punjab Research Group Conference, 31 March 2018
Thursday, 12 April 2018
A one-day conference was organized by the Punjab Research Group at the Oxford Brookes University, United Kingdom on 31 March 2018. Mr. R.S Mann Convenor of the conference welcomed all the guests.
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 34 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 31 March 2018, speakers from the United Kingdom, Canada, India and Pakistan presented their papers. The speakers included Aleena Qaiser (FC College Lahore), Fozia Umar (Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad and currently Visiting Fellow at Royal Holloway University of London) and Fakhar Bilal (Royal Holloway University of London), Dr. Rajwinder Singh and Dr. Lakhvir Singh (both from Punjabi University Patiala) and Simi Singh (University of British Columbia, Canada). In different sessions chaired by Jaskiran Bhogal (London School of Economics), Dr. Meena Dhanda (University of Wolverhampton), Dr. Eleanor Nesbitt (University of Warwick) and Prabhsharandeep Singh (University of Oxford) speakers presented their work on Punjab related issued pertaining to language, gender, social and history and religion studies. A book titled “England wich chaar dahake” authored by Manmohan Singh Maheru was released at the conference by Prof. Akhtar Hussain Sandhu (University of Education Lahore Pakistan and currently Post-Doctoral Fellow at Royal Holloway University of London). Fakhar Bilal was awarded the Best Doctorate Student Presentation prize for his paper ‘Journey of Jamia Khair Ul Madaris from Jalandhar, India to Multan, Pakistan’ and Fozia Umar was awarded Special Commendation award for her paper ‘British Punjab 1849-58: A study in Imperialism’. Prof Pritam Singh, also congratulated the speakers and complimented the convenor of the conference, Mr R S Mann for organizing successful conference.