From Subjects to Citizens: Society and the Everyday State in India and Pakistan 1947 - 1964

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  • Workshop, 12 August 2009, London

    The second of three work-in-progress workshops was held at Royal Holloway University of London on 12 August 2009. Vazira Fazila-Yacoobali Zamindar was the key speaker.

    Audio-recordings of the papers presented on the day have been made available thanks to the Backdoor Broadcasting Company.



    Tea & Coffee

    10.00 - 10.15

    Introduction to the Project (Ansari, Gould, Sherman)

    10.15 - 11.45

    Panel 1: Citizenship: Concepts and Problems

    Ornit Shani, University of Haifa, 'Gandhi, Citizenship and the Resilience of Indian Nationhood

    Talat Ahmed, Goldsmiths, University of London, ‘Becoming an Indian citizen through ‘Bollywood’: the films of Khwaja Ahmad Abbas’

    Vazira Zamindar, Brown University, ‘Citizenship and National Boundaries in Postcolonial South Asia’

    11.45 - 12.00 Tea & Coffee
    12.00 - 1.00

    Panel 2: Violence and the Everyday State

    William Gould, University of Leeds, 'Policing, "Punishment" and Quotidian Violence in Late Colonial and Early Independent North India'

    Taylor C. Sherman, Royal Holloway University of London, 'Retribution not Rehabilitation: Everyday Violence in the Aftermath of the Police Action in Hyderabad, 1947-1951

    1.00 - 2.00 Lunch
    2.00 - 3.00

    Panel 3: Development and Resettlement

    Ilyas Chattha, University of Southampton, 'Differential Treatment: Kashmiri Refugees' Experience of Rehabilitation and Pubjab-Centre Relations, 1947-1961'

    Tommaso Bobbio, Royal Holloway University of London, '"Countrymen within the City": the Construction of Citizenship and the Rhetoric of Slum Development in Twentieth-Century Ahmedabad’

    3.00 - 3.15 Tea & Coffee
    3.15 - 4.45

    Panel 4: Gender, Childhood and the Nation

    Ravinder Kaur, University of Copenhagen, 'Bodies of Partition: Gendered Subjects, "Social" Work and the Limits of Moral Citizenship'

    Uditi Sen, University of Cambridge, ‘Rehabilitation's Residue: Recasting Refugee Women as "Permanent Liabilities"’

    Sarah Ansari, Royal Holloway University of London, 'Children, Citizenship and the State in 1950s Pakistan'

    4.45 - 5.30

    Concluding Discussion