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CSAS Research in Progress Workshop and Singhvi Lecture

CSAS Research in Progress Workshop and Singhvi Lecture
Hosted by: Wilfried Swenden # UoE; - Please choose: Kanchana Ruwanpura # UoE
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25th May 2017 09:00 - 26th May 2017 17:00
6th floor staff room, Chrystal Macmillan Building


DAY 1 - Thursday 25 May

9.30- 10.30 Health and Well-Being in South Asia

Pia Noel -The interplay between ‘need’ and ‘response’ : a multi-stakeholder response and analysis

Sumeet Jain - Doing’ inclusion in community mental health: psycho-social disability, care and development in South Asia

Anuj Kapilashrami - Exploring structural and social determinants of mental health and gendered violence in India: Situating local experiences amid global/national economic re-structuring”.

Sam Poletti - Obscure existential narratives: predetermination and freedom in Nepalese horoscopic knowledge

10.30-10.45 Coffee Break

10.45-12.15 Gender in South Asia

Shruti Chaudhry - Yearning for an intimate conjugality: women’s voices from rural north India

Rosalind Parr - Citizens of Everywhere. Indian Nationalist Women and the Global Public Sphere, 1905-1955

Lakshmi-pearl Quigley - Gender and Film in History : Approaches to the Portrayal of Women’s Subjectivity in Bengali Cinema

Beth Jennings - Work and morality: Exploring the experiences of women who sell sex and work in other forms of low income employment in Dhaka

12.15-14.00 (Lunch in Namaste – only for those presenting or involved in the organization of the workshop)

14.00-15.30 Sri Lanka: Ethnic Conflict and its Legacies

Gayathri Fernando - Teacher, Mediator, Activist, Saviour: Everyday agency in negotiating survival by teachers in the ethnopolitical conflict in Sri Lanka

Chulani Kodikara - The cult of the Heroic Soldier and the (im)possibility of Justice in Post-War Sri Lanka

Jonathan Spencer - Conscience and Dissent in Sri Lanka

15.30-16.00 Coffee Break

16.30-17.30 Singhvi Visiting Lecture



This paper is an attempt to combine some of the insights from my earlier work on the labour movement in the 1960s and 1970s in Lahore, with more recent research being done on the Christian community that lives in an area of the city called Youhanabad in order to show how class considerations, appearing just below the surface of political grievances and religious discrimination, can structure the engagement of communities with wider national politics. This paper will focus on two moments of unrest. The first took place in 1974 when worker protests against the murder of a worker leader marked the definitive turning point for the expansive politics of class that industrial workers in Lahore were imagining for themselves after the heady days of the late 1960s. This was a moment seen as one in which the unifying potential of a class based movement fell apart. The second moment is a protest of working class Christian women that took place in 2015 as a response to police oppression. Unlike 1974, this was a moment of desperation, but one that marked a turning point for those who took part in it as they realized it was not just their religion, but their position as part of the working poor that limited the difference they could make – a position that produced wider solidarities amongst this small urban community that had to fend for itself.

DAY 2 - Friday 26 May

9.30-10.10 Voices from the Past

Arunima Datta - Silenced Every day of the Empire: Travelling Indian Ayahs in Britain

Roger Jeffery - India in Edinburgh: How the Empire Affected Scotland’s capital

10.10.-11.00:  Environment and Ecology

Ritumbra Manuvie - Governing of Climate Change related migrations in the state of Assam (India)

Amitangshu Acharya - Reversing water’s nature: The political ecology of Reverse Osmosis (RO) technology in Gujarat, India

11.00-11.30 Coffee Break

11.30-12.30 South Asia and the Politics of Ethnic Diversity

Monalisa Adhikari - International Influences and Engagement on Processes and Outcomes of Political Settlements in Fragile and Conflict affected States

Hugo Gorringe - From Protest to Politics : Dalit Politics in Tamil Nadu

Wilfried Swenden - Governing Diversity in South Asia: Explaining Divergent Pathways in India and Pakistan

12.30-13.00 (Visual) Art in South Asia

Aparna Andhare - Ragamala paintings of the Deccan region

Lotte Hoek - Natural Light: Three point lighting and other visual ideologies at the BBC in Bangladesh

13.00-14.00 Lunch (Lunch in Kalpna – only for those presenting or organizing the workshop)

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