SPONSORED BY THE INSTITUTE OF THE HUMANITIES AND GLOBAL CULTURES (IHGC), UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA AND THE ROYAL SOCIETY FOR ASIAN AFFAIRS (RSAA)
The question of citizenship and belonging, matters of life and death for those whose provinces were divided during the tumultuous partition of India in 1947, has returned to center-stage in the politics of the sub-continent.
The papers in this symposium revisit the aftermath of the partition of 1947, and the war of 1971, to examine some of the longer-term consequences of the redrawing of borders across South Asia.
PANEL 1: BORDERS, CITIZENSHIP AND CONTESTED IDEAS OF THE NATION [9-11 am EST]
Antara Datta, Royal Holloway College, Hindus in Bangladesh and the Citizenship Question in Assam
Farhana Ibrahim, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, The 1971 War: Perspectives from Gujarat
Sarah Waheed, Davidson College, Hyderabad's ‘Police Action’: Muslim Belonging, Memory, and the Hidden Histories of Partition
Arsalan Khan, Union College, Contesting Sovereignty: Islamic Piety and Blasphemy Politics in Pakistan
Moderator: Neeti Nair, University of Virginia
PANEL 2: LITERATURE AND HISTORY, LONGING AND BELONGING [11:30 am-1:30 pm EST]
Shahla Hussain, St. John’s University, Artificial ‘Borders’: Kashmiri Belonging in the Aftermath of Partition
Uttara Shahani, Oxford University, Language Without a Land: Linguistic Citizenship and the Case for Sindhi in India
Ather Zia, University of Northern Colorado, Kashmiri poetry and the imaginaries of love, loss, and freedom
Mehr Farooqi, University of Virginia, Wounds of Partition as Symbolized in the Fiction of Intizar Husain
Moderator: Sonam Kachru, University of Virginia