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Conferences, Lectures, Workshops

Remembering and Forgetting:
Memory and Trauma in Contemporary Sikh Experience

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An International Conference
organised by Sardarni Kuljeet Kaur Bindra Chair in Sikh Studies
Hofstra University, New York.
Saturday May 8th - Sunday May 9th, 2004

Edith Wyschogrod (Rice University) Keynote
Paul Brass (University of Washington)
Ian Talbot (Coventry University)
Pal Ahluwalia (Goldsmiths College, University of London)
Brian Axel (Swarthmore College)
Gurharpal Singh (University of Birmingham)
Inderpal Grewal (University of California, Irvine)
Jerry Barrier (University of Missouri, Columbia)
Harleen Singh (Brandeis University)
Darshan Tatla (Birmingham University)
Navtej Purewal / Vrinder Kalra (University of Manchester)
Rita Verma (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Girorgio Shani (Ritsumeikan University, Japan)
I.J. Singh (New York University)
Sunit Singh (University of Chaicago)
Navdeep Singh (University of London)

Sandeep Singh Brar (Sikh Centennial Foundation, Canada).
South Asia Books


Saturday 8th May, 2004

Registration and Coffee

Welcome & Introduction

Panel 1: The Traumas of Partition

  • Paul Brass, The Partition of India and Retributive Genocide in Punjab (1946-47): Means, Methods & Purposes
  • Ian Talbot, Partition Memory & Trauma: Voices of Punjabi Refugees & Migrants in Amritsar and Lahore
  • Jerry Barrier, Trauma & Memory Within Sikh Diaspora: Internet Dialogue on Partition and 1984

    Respondents: Giorgio Shani and Gurharpal Singh

Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library, 10th Floor

Panel 2: Trauma, Subjectivity and the Nation

  • Brian Axel, Silence of the Graveyard
  • Inderpal Grewal, Gendering Refugees: Sikh Women as National/Trans-National Subject
  • Harleen Singh, Punjab in Modern Hindi Cinema: Trauma and Memory in Maachis and Hawaein
  • Pal Alhuwalia, Inventing Home: Re- Membering the Nation

    Respondents: Sunit Singh and Navdeep Singh

Welcome From Hofstra University
President Stuart Rabinowitz

Key Note Address: Edith Wyschogrod

Proclamation: Assemblymen Thomas Dinapoli and Donna Ferrara

Remarks by Mr. T.J. Bindra

Tea Reception

Sunday 9th May, 2004


9 :45-12:45
Panel 3: The Morning After: Reflections on 1984
  • Darshan Tatla, After Ghallughara: Trauma, Memory and Sikh Predicament Since 1984
  • Navtej Purewal & Vrinder Kalra, Partition, 1984, Nationalism & the Symbol of the Sikh
  • Gurharpal Singh, The Strange Death of Sikh Ethno-nationalism: Reassessing Operation Blue Star & its Aftermath
  • Rita Verma, “America is My Khalistan”:
    Reflections by Sikh Youth on Violence and Memory Post-1984 and 9/11

    Plenary Session led by I.J. Singh

Sikh Heritage Foundation Lectures
  • Paul Taylor, Sikh Heritage at the Smithsonian: Issues of Identity, Representation and Community Co-Curatorship in an Evolving Exhibition and Preservation Project
  • Gurpreet Maini, Treasures & Travails of the House of Bagrian
  • Mohan Singh, Coins of the Sikh Raj