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1947: The Sikhs & The Panjab

In Remembrance of the 75th year of The Partition

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1947: The Sikhs & The Panjab

In Remembrance of the 75th year of The Partition

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March
2022
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1947: The Sikhs & The Panjab

In Remembrance of the 75th year of The Partition

Friday
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11
March
2022
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Sikh Research Institute (SikhRI) is pleased to announce the upcoming conference on the 1947 Partition on 1 October 2022. We invite submissions from scholars, writers, leaders, activists, creatives, and those who want to consider the intricate dynamics of nationalism pertaining to the Sikhs and the Panjab during the 1947 Partition.

Where was the Sikh voice? Is there a concerted effort to silence the Sikh voice? Partition majorly impacted Panjab; where are the analyses of these accounts? This Conference will exclusively explore the Sikh and the Panjab narratives and provide innovation and insight for upcoming research endeavors.

Join us at the Sikh Research Institute as we pursue alternative narratives in the corpus of existing 1947 Partition research and rightfully uncover the historical position of the Sikhs and the Panjab during this time. SikhRI recognizes the effort required to produce papers that aim to change the narratives. Five accepted submissions will be awarded $1,000 each and present their findings at the Conference.

The focus of this one-day conference will concern itself with these two categories, Sikhs and Panjab. This call for submissions invites those who want to demystify the myth of India achieving independence by nonviolent means.

Submissions Criterion

Topics of particular interest but not limited to:

The Sikhs

  • Why was the Sikh role in “independence” minimized? Were there other vested interests in doing so?
  • What are the challenges to “postcolonial” Indian “independence,” and how much of this formulation infringes on the rights of religious minorities, in particular Sikh rights?
  • Consider Pakistan’s independence and analyze the treatment of minorities after the Partition. Writers are invited to consider Kashmir in this prompt.
  • How do Global Sikhs or Diaspora Sikhs fit into the equation of the “postcolonial” Indian “independence” that incited the relocation of its minorities? Consider ideas and postulations relating to the future of Sikhs globally or within India today.

The Panjab

  • What was the Panjab’s contribution to the “independence”? What narratives have been strategically omitted or rather deliberately ostracized?
  • How did Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi get the credit for “independence”? What are some of the long-standing implications of his role?  How is this detrimental to constructing the “modern” and current “Hindutva” Indian Nation-State?
  • What challenges does a newly independent Pakistan face regarding its political structure and treatment of minorities? Writers are invited to consider Kashmir in this prompt.
  • How can 30 million Global Sikhs and 130 million Global Panjabis assert or imagine a future for an “undivided” Panjab?

Submissions Process:

Written essays [paper/ presentation] in a word document format; 2500-3000 words.

Include a short biography (include school, program name, or institutional affiliation if applicable); approximately 250 words.

Submissions to Community@SikhRI.org.

Note: The essays to follow MLA formatting guidelines Purdue Online Writing Lab

Accepted submissions will be published on SikhRI platforms and will become the property of the Sikh Research Institute. The authors hold the copyright over their written material.

Creative Submissions:

SikhRI is inviting creatives to submit their work on this topic. Anticipated submissions will follow the format of short documentaries. Accepted submissions will be showcased at the Conference and published on the SikhRI website. Links to files through google drive to Community@SikhRI.org.

Submissions must be sent in no later than 01 Jun 2022 to be considered for the Conference. Applicants will be notified of their submission status (only if accepted) by 10 Aug 2022.

We look forward to receiving your submission and interacting with your ideas around this very astute and needed learning opportunity.

Sikh Research Institute

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This Content has been made available for educational purposes only. SikhRI does not make any representation concerning the completeness of the Content. This Content is not intended to substitute research or a deeper understanding of the topic. SikhRI encourages readers to read multiple authors to gain a complete understanding of the topic.

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