Moore Building, Royal Holloway

The Punjab Research Group will be celebrating its 40th anniversary by organising a one-day conference in collaboration with Prof Ravinder Barn (Royal Holloway University of London) on Saturday, 22 June 2024, at the Royal Holloway University of London.

The Punjab Research Group (PRG) was established in April 1984 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. PRG has been hosting conferences at least twice a year since 1984.

During the past 39 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.


Literary and Visual Textures: Interweaving Punjabi Unity
Nikky-Guninder Kaur Singh, Chair of the Department & Crawford Family Professor Religious Studies, Colby College Waterville, USA

Establishing and Outsourcing Sovereignty: The Politics of Infrastructure in Southern Punjab
Dr. Philipp Zehmisch, Senior Academic Staff, Department of Anthropology, South Asia Institute (SAI), Centre for Asian and Transcultural Studies (CATS), Heidelberg University, Germany

Gujranwala: Colonial Violence through air power
Professor Balbir S. Barn, FBCS, Academic Dean, Faculty of Science and Technology, Middlesex University, UK

The tragedy of partition in Punjabi poetry: a study
Dr Harpreet Kaur, Assistant Professor Department of Translation Studies, Mahatama Gandhi Antrarashtriya. Hindi. Vishwavidyalya, Wardha, Regional Center Prayagraj (Uttar Pradesh – India)

It is a Gurdwara, Not a Memorial.”: The Politics and Aesthetics of Sikh memorials for 1984
Kanika Singh, Director, Centre for Writing & Communication, Ashoka University, India

Birthplace of Rama at Ghuram, Punjab: An exploration
Bharat Jhunjhunwala, Former Professor, Indian Institute of Management, Bengaluru, India

Print, publication, and Punjabi literary periodicals
Amitoj Kaur Chandi, PhD research scholar, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IISER Mohali, Punjab, India

Philosophy of Humanism in Punjabi Sufi Poetry
Muhammad Izhar Sattar, Assistant Registrar & Coordinator Graduate and Post Graduate Studies, College of Pharmacy, University of Sargodha, Pakistan

In the Footsteps of Maharaja Duleep Singh: Tracing the Colonial Plunder of the Lahore Darbār’s Toshakhāna
Dr. Nadhra Shahbaz Khan, Director Gurmani Centre for Languages & Literature, Associate Professor (History of Art & Architecture), Mushtaq Ahmad Gurmani School of Humanities and Social Sciences, LUMS, Pakistan

Environmental harms and child well-being in East Punjab, and Kashmir, India
Professor Ravinder Barn, PhD, FAcSS, Head of Department, Department of Law and Criminology, Royal Holloway University of London, UK

Catastrophe as Blessing: Alternative Perspectives about Floods in Punjab, Pakistan
Saba Fatima, MSc Social Research, University of Hull

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